March 9, 2021 – SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, has assisted in the placement of James Beck as the new chief operating officer of venture capital firm NewView Capital in Burlingame, CA. “NewView Capital is elated to announce Mr. Beck as our new COO,” said Ravi Viswanathan, founder and managing partner of NewView Capital. “James has an extraordinary reputation and track record in the investment community and venture capital ecosystem, as well as decades of venture capital experience to help us continue building a world class organization. He brings passion and commitment to our growth and late-stage investing strategy.”
Mr. Beck has years of experience and best practices related to firm strategy, team building and culture, portfolio management, generational transitions, and investor relations, said NewView Capital. He also has a history of developing long-lasting relationships and delivering unique solutions and value to entrepreneurs and limited partners. Prior to his new role, Mr. Beck was at Mayfield, one of the first early-stage VC firms, for nearly 22 years and served as managing director and chief operating officer. Earlier in his career, he advised Silicon Valley software, hardware and service organizations at Arthur Andersen. He also helped build the W.M. Keck telescope, one of the world’s largest optical telescopes and spent over a decade supporting women technologists while on the board of AnitaB.org. “I am thrilled to join NewView Capital, a firm that is and continues to be truly unique since its founding in 2018 and is well positioned for long-term impact and success.” said Mr. Beck. ” NewView Capital has a highly strategic and honed approach to investing and developing their portfolio companies. As an organization, NewView’s strategy is remarkably differentiated from other investment firms and I am excited to work with a powerhouse team of exceptional talent. They have the secret recipe for Venture 2.0.”
With more than $2 billion in assets under management, NewView Capital combines late-stage funding with significant operational support. The firm’s portfolio focuses on growth-stage technology companies, including Duolingo, Forter, MessageBird, Plaid, Scopely and Segment.
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For over 40 years, SPMB has worked alongside its clients to build executive teams that ensure venture capital and private equity-backed game-changers achieve scale, and position multi-billion-dollar public companies to unlock innovation. Specializing in technology and innovation, SPMB recruits upper management and board members to growth-oriented companies in tech, consumer and sustainability industries.
SPMB Recruits CEO for Shutterfly
The private equity sector is witnessing an explosive bidding war for top leaders as portfolio companies expand their needs for C-suite talent. SPMB, an executive search firm that helps find transformative executives throughout Silicon Valley, recently placed Hilary Schneider as the new CEO of Shutterfly, which was acquired earlier this year by private equity firm Apollo Global Management. She succeeds Ryan O’Hara, effective Jan. 15. Partner Becky Stein led the search.
“Hilary is an accomplished executive with significant digital industry expertise and a focus on innovation and superior customer experiences that will support Shutterfly’s next chapter,” said Reed Rayman of the Apollo private equity team and a member of Shutterfly’s board of directors. “We look forward to partnering with Hilary as well as the Shutterfly management team and employees to grow its three divisions and deliver the best products and services to consumers.”
SPMB also recently assisted in the placement of Andrew Savitz as the new chief marketing officer of Azul Systems. Dave Mullarkey led the assignment. “Andrew has a tremendous amount of experience across all aspects of marketing, and a proven track record of helping companies effectively message, drive awareness and leads, position products, create new market categories and enable high growth sales,” said Scott Sellers, co-founder, president and CEO of Azul.
Mr. Savitz brings more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing teams at high-growth SaaS companies. He joins Azul from BetterCloud where, as chief marketing officer, he coined, scoped and launched the “SaaSOps” movement.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media