ON Partners Expands San Francisco Office

ON Partners Jeff Hocking San Francisco

November 9, 2017 – Executive search firm ON Partners has bolstered its San Francisco operations with the appointment of Jeff Hocking as partner.

An experienced consultant, Mr. Hocking identifies board members, chief executive officers and other senior-level talent across functions for technology companies and private equity firms.

He joins the firm from Korn Ferry, where he was regional market leader for the company’s technology practice. In that role, Mr. Hocking was responsible for leading executive search, leadership development and emerging leaders practices across North America. He was also a member of the board and CEO practice there, and was also the global leader of the systems and devices sector. Previously, Mr. Hocking was vice president of executive recruiting with the Internet Capital Group and a manager with Booz Allen & Hamilton.

“We are really excited to have Jeff join the ON Partners team”, said Brad Westveld, partner at ON Partners. “Jeff further strengthens our Bay Area footprint and brings ‘instant credibility’ to a dynamic Northern California search market. Having worked with Jeff previously, I can personally speak to his client commitment and passion for search. He is an instant fit with our team and we all benefit from the breadth of his experience.”

With a primary focus on technology, energy/clean tech, consumer, industrial and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-suite, board directors and senior executive talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. The firm’s consultants work from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Menlo Park, CA, Minneapolis, MN and San Francisco.

Earlier this year, ON Partners appointed John Morrow as a partner and leader of its San Francisco office. Mr. Morrow, a search consultant focused on recruiting technology sector leaders, has over a decade of experience to his new role. He has led hundreds of senior executive assignments for clients that range from early-stage startups and PE-backed companies to publicly-traded global organizations. Prior to ON Partners, Mr. Morrow was a partner with Calibre One.

San Francisco Market

Fifty two percent of San Francisco Bay Area executives say it is “somewhat” or “very challenging” to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions,  according to the San Francisco Bay Area Professional Employment Forecast from Robert Half. Seventy-seven percent of hiring managers plan to hire for open roles in the next six months.

Recruiters say highly skilled candidates are in great demand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and they often receive multiple job offers with competitive compensation packages. As a result, demand is growing for professional-level candidates in accounting, finance, administration, technology and the life sciences.

A number of search firms have expanded to the San Francisco area in recent months. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Greenwich Harbor Partners opened a new office in San Francisco. “Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area have been a growing part of our business and we felt it was time to increase our physical presence in the market,” said Carrie Pryor, the firm’s founder. Greenwich Harbor Partners was recently named one of Forbes’ America’s Best Executive Recruiters for 2017.

Executive search firm Mlegal Group expanded with the additions of Natasha Innocenti, Carter W. Brown, Suzanne Kane and Karina Robles in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Innocenti, who previously led her own firm, has over 20 years of experience in placing law firm partners across most practice areas and has helped open California offices for 9 AmLaw 100 and 200 law firms.

Executive recruiter True Search added Ryan to its VC practice in its San Francisco office. He concentrates on recruiting C-suite and VP-level executives to some of the top enterprise software and consumer technology companies in the country. Having spent seven years at Daversa Partners, he has worked as a partner to any number of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Allegis Partners expanded with the addition of John K. Anderson in San Francisco as a managing director in the firm’s human resources practice. He specializes in identifying human resource executives to lead HR teams and functions at a variety of organizations. Most recently, he was senior vice president for hrQ, a human resource professional services firm.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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