September 19, 2019 – Signal Partners, a Santa Monica, CA-based search firm serving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, has appointed Andrew Goodman as partner to lead its Boston office. In this role, Mr. Goodman will assist investors and their portfolio companies to recruit “force-multiplying leadership.”
Mr. Goodman brings experience as both an operator and a talent advisor. Before joining Signal, he was a senior executive at DEKRA, a $4 billion global safety services company, where he most recently served as chief revenue officer of the North American business. He also spent four years as managing director and general manager of the Asia Pacific region with P&L responsibility for all operations in China, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. He began his tenure with DEKRA as chief talent officer where he led a leadership overhaul, recruiting a new chief technology officer, chief marketing officer and various GMs in theaters of operation around the world.
Earlier, Mr. Goodman spent almost 20 years building and leading an executive search and talent advisory business, partnering with clients that ranged from emerging growth companies to Fortune 50 corporations. “As an experienced general manager, Andrew leverages his operating experience on every search, enabling him to calibrate quickly and better serve the investors and portfolio companies with whom he partners,” said Signal Partners.
“Andy has grit. He has been on both sides of the table. His experience leading businesses and evaluating talent in high-growth environments affords our clients a truly unique perspective,” said Kit Cooper, partner at Signal Partners. “He has helped financial sponsors as an operator and a service provider, so he gets how important it is to hire the right people up and down the talent stack.”
Growing Private Equity-Focused Firm
Signal Partners is a nationwide search firm addressing the talent needs of private equity-backed companies. The firm drives a custom, high velocity process for C-level and critical non-executive positions.
This summer, Signal Partners expanded with the addition of Patricia Muise as a partner and leader of its retail and consumer practice. Pat’s superpower is helping PE sponsors and CEOs navigate the rapid innovation taking place in the consumer and retail sectors,” said Tim Smith, co-founder at the firm. “She knows how to identify and recruit the talent required to drive innovation and help leading brands and retailers create new and powerful experiences for consumers. She is a recognized and trusted partner with a history of helping breakout companies.”
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Ms. Muise has over 20 years of retained executive search experience specializing in CPG, direct-to-consumer, wholesale and retail sectors. She has recruited executives to Drybar, Dollar Shave Club, TOMS and Guitar Center, among others. Prior to Signal Partners, she was a senior client partner in the consumer practice of Korn Ferry International, based in Los Angeles.
In March, Mr. Cooper was appointed Signal’s new outsourced services practice. He assists lower middle-market investors and their portfolio companies find talent at all levels.
“Kit’s perspective is unique,” said Tom Nieman, co-founder of Signal Partners. “Yes, he’s an incredible recruiter. But he’s also an entrepreneur, been a successful CEO and served financial sponsors, so he understands the nuance and importance of hiring the right people at all levels. And now clients in the outsourced services sector can benefit from his experience, insight and advice.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media