March 7, 2017 – Technology Executive Group (TEG) has strengthened its search staff with the addition of Marci Nigro as a partner. Ms. Nigro brings to TEG over 20 years of executive search expertise and a vast network of relationships across the technology, financial services, media, software, and private equity industries. In her new role, she will serve as an advisor to clients to help them attract high impact talent.
She first joined TEG in 1996, playing an instrumental role in helping the firm achieve growth over two decades. She then ventured outside of executive recruiting to pursue her passion for developing new talent solutions and launched Appointed Partners. There, Ms. Nigro partnered with executive leaders to solve challenges around building proactive talent networks and inclusive, diverse teams. She expanded her practice beyond technology to new areas, including professional services and healthcare.
“We are excited to welcome Marci back. Her track record of serving clients in distinctive ways will be a strong asset as TEG continues to elevate industry standards,” said Rick DeRose, TEG founder and managing partner. “She brings new capabilities while staying true to our mindset of putting clients first.”
Ms. Nigro is well known for building strong relationships and for her authentic, straightforward approach, according to clients. They said she invests the time to listen to them and to candidates, which allows her to execute and deliver on solving the needs of both constituencies. She is an expert at best ‘cultural fit’ practices, several said.
“The TEG team is a fantastic group of people who are committed to delivering great results at a fast pace,” said Ms. Nigro. “I look forward to contributing in a broader capacity and working with our clients to transform their businesses through talent.”
Founded in 1995, Technology Executive Group delivers search and talent related services to leading technology sectors nationwide. The firm’s team of highly specialized consultants works with technology, telecommunications, professional services, and private equity companies.
Technology Sector Heating Up
The booming technology sector, vibrant even when the economy was softer, shows little sign of retreat, according to a host of recruiters who service companies across the field. It continues, in fact, to produce capabilities and services that few imagined just a decade ago.
In response, a number of search firms have expanded their technology practices. Just recently, Odgers Berndtson broadened its technology practice in the U.S. with the addition of two new executive search specialists, Kathryn Ullrich and Rod Keller. “A new breed of corporate leader is emerging as disruptive technologies transform industries literally overnight,” said Odgers U.S. managing partner Steve Potter.
The firm recently conducted a survey of global executives with Forrester Research that revealed 84 percent of companies do not have the necessary skills and talent to execute a digital transformation. “Our newest partners will support our technology practice to meet our clients’ high demand for proven leaders who have the ability to innovate and build truly competitive organizations,” he added.
In addition, executive search firm Allen Austin added Paul Moran as managing partner and global technology practice leader. Most recently, Mr. Moran founded and led his own boutique search and leadership advisory firm, CapFuze. He was also recently recognized by the world’s fastest growing IT and staffing firm for ‘Innovation and Thought Leadership’ for the use of technology in executive search.
Kensington International also named David Shpiz leader of the firm’s technology practice, focusing on private equity-backed companies. Mr. Shpiz was previously a partner at Kindred Partners, an executive search firm placing executives in high-growth technology companies. He also worked with Heidrick & Struggles executing technology-related searches for venture capital, private equity and public companies.
“The ubiquitous deployment of technology across the globe has made mobile, big data, e-commerce and social media highly competitive sectors for talent,” said Charley Polachi, co-founder and partner of Polachi Access Executive Search. He said he is also seeing a growing frequency and awareness of hacking and data breaches, making cybersecurity leaders hugely in demand.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media