Robert Sargent

Founding Partner

Since Bob Sargent joined as one of JM Search’s three original co-founders, he has been a leader in shaping the firm’s strategic direction as it has evolved, anticipated industry trends, and become a top-20 national retained executive search firm.

Bob leads JM Search’s Technology practice, which he launched in 1996. He began working in the sector through partnering with private equity and venture capital firms that were investing in the space to help them recruit executive talent. Today, Bob continues to work closely with financial sponsors to build leadership teams for their portfolio companies, primarily recruiting CEOs, C-Level executives, and Board Directors for growth-stage Software and Internet businesses. His clients include leading private equity, growth equity, and venture capital firms like NewSpring Capital, LLR Partners, Lee Equity Partners, and the Riverside Company. Many of his clients have worked with Bob for multiple decades, and he is responsible for a number of the firm’s long-standing client relationships.

Prior to joining former college classmates John Hildebrand and John Marshall at JM Search, he worked at NFL Films for six years. Bob began his career as a sales executive with the Ford Motor Company. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Married with three daughters, Bob devotes much of his free time to enjoying his family’s company. He also enjoys golf, running, and biking (or any kind of exercise that he can get).