Franca Virgili


Franca is an accomplished search consultant who has worked within the Executive Search community for over 20 years. She serves as LPA Search Partners subject expert in communications, media & entertainment working from our Los Angeles office. She began her career in executive recruitment in Italy, her native country, where she worked for almost a decade with a well-regarded local executive search firm. There, she progressed from a researcher role to the position of partner, working primarily with American multi-national corporations and solving their executive recruitment needs throughout the main European countries. This enabled Franca to gain a strong international dimension, developing a special expertise in the execution of “cross-country” search assignments.

In 1994, Franca permanently moved to the United States, opening the Los Angeles office of one of the major executive search firms in the country, TASA Worldwide/Johnson Smith & Knisely. Since then, she has specialized in the Traditional and New Media, Entertainment, Information, and Communications industries, working with a broad client base which includes large scale multi-national corporations as well as start-ups and portfolio businesses of venture capital and private equity firms. In 1999, Franca was one of the founding partners of The Cheyenne Group.

Franca holds a Master Degree in American Literature from the University of Rome and speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently. She loves dogs (although allergic) and is a fabulous cook.