William “Bill” Trau is a Founding Senior Partner with Kingsley Gate Partners. He was most recently the Founder & Managing Partner of Trau & Associates, a retained boutique executive search firm focused within the Hardware/Software/Cloud Computing sectors. Along with placing over 350 senior executives across multiple functions, Bill has been a prominent client advocate within the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications sector since the mid-1990s. Prior to the founding of Trau & Associates, Bill was a Partner and head of the North American Semiconductor practice for Heidrick & Struggles. Bill’s particular search emphasis is in placing “C” as well as VP level executives for emerging Technology clients, as well as senior level executives in functional roles such as Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Financial, and Operations for large Cap organizations.
Recently, Bill has placed senior executives for some of the premier Cloud based Networking/Big Data Analytics and IoT companies in the marketplace. Previously, Bill was a Partner for another top tier executive search firm, where he was one of the authors of that firm’s 40-day search audit process and participated on numerous quality related task forces. Bill’s strong client management skills, quality deliverables, and keen ability to articulate his client’s value proposition enabled him to achieve one of the fastest ascents from associate to partner in the firm’s history. Bill is a nationally recognized and published industry panelist as well as consultant on such topics as executive compensation & succession planning for both private as well as public companies.