Dave Mullarkey

Managing Partner

Dave Mullarkey joined Schweichler Associates in 1997 and has played a key leadership role in the firm’s growth and success. He became a Managing Partner in 2003 and the COO in 2008. During his tenure, SPMB has become one of the world’s leading mid-sized retained search firms. His passion around client focus and search execution permeates throughout the firm.

Dave’s clients range from high growth Venture and PE backed companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. He recruits CEOs and senior officer level executives in infrastructure, software, and consumer industries, and has led hundreds of retained searches. Dave is proud to have helped build the executive teams for many wildly successful companies like Fitbit, Lynda.com, FireEye, AppDynamics, Xero, Blackline, Nutanix, and Riverbed, to name a few.

Early in his career, Dave launched, ramped up and sold a self-funded Internet company. In 1997, he relocated to the Bay Area and met Lee Schweichler and that’s when the door to retained search opened.

In his spare time, when Dave’s not with his wife or coaching a team for one of his three kids, you might find him on a tennis court making someone chase a deftly placed lob. (Humble brag: He was an All-American tennis player at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).