Dean’s primary focus is creating long-term partnerships with B2B and B2C clients to foster comprehensive executive team build-outs at the Board, CEO, and C-Level. As an organization matures, Dean specializes in placing complementary general management, marketing, customer acquisition, revenue, go-to-market strategy / operations, and customer success leadership (CRO, CMO, COO, CCO); while also recruiting People leadership (CPO, CHRO, VPHR) that define, encourage, and reinforce company-wide behaviors and systems to catalyze growth and achieve scale. Long-term clients include B2B companies Snyk, BetterUp, Juniper Square, Checkr, Front, Lob, ServiceNow, DocuSign, Dynatrace, Collective Health, and Tricentis; and B2C companies NerdWallet, Robinhood, Credit Karma, MyFitnessPal, Outdoorsy, and SoulCycle / Equinox.
Dean was named to the Business Insider’s Top Ten Fintech Recruiters List (2021) and has been operating in executive search for over a decade. Prior to joining SPMB in 2014, Dean spent six years in the cleared public sector working with intelligence agencies in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Holding a clearance himself, he led a team, partnering with government subcontractors, to execute on a variety of projects placing senior technology leaders to support mission-critical, global deployments.
Dean earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania where he played varsity lacrosse. An active alumnus and member of the Alumni Interviewing Community, he founded and hosts an annual Penn golf outing in Northern California, The Quaker Classic. Dean also supports several Northern California charitable initiatives focused on mental health and youth services by hosting an annual event to raise awareness and contributions (Safe & Sound; The Edgewood Center for Children and Families; and the Hypopara Foundation).