Brian Waivada


Brian joined Bespoke Partners in September 2020 as a Partner in the New York City office. He brings over 23 years of combined retained executive search and in-house talent acquisition experience to bear for Bespoke and our private equity clients.

In his prior role as a Partner at True Search, he was instrumental in growing the firm from 30 to 300+ employees and focused on a broad range of private equity backed software searches, including CEO, CFO, COO and Operating Partners. Previously, he built and led the global talent acquisition arms for McKinsey RTS, BlackRock and the multi-billion-dollar PE firm Patriarch Partners. He started his early career in private equity executive search at Heidrick & Struggles, partnering with firms such as Apollo, KKR, Blackstone, General Atlantic and Goldman Sachs PIA.

Outside of work, Brian loves spending time with his amazing wife, three children and two dogs. He also has a passion for thoroughbred horse racing and still dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby one day.

Brian received a BS in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington and is a huge fan of anything Hoosier-related.