Top Gun Ventures Announces Senior Promotions

February 14, 2018 – Plano, TX-based executive search firm Top Gun Ventures has promoted Brian Adamik and Bjorn Kirchdorfer to senior partners in Boston and Dallas. Both have been with Top Gun Ventures for about 10 years and have been instrumental in building a national and global business and in significantly contributing to the branding of Top Gun Ventures in the executive search industry.

“Key to both Brian and Bjorn’s success in this industry has been their previous successful business backgrounds and experience, which has given them the knowledge and understanding of the importance and impact that great talent and leadership can have on a company” said Don Tuttle, co-founder and managing partner of the firm. “Both have done an exceptional job in recruiting game-changing leadership into client companies whereby the candidates have brought tremendous value to their respective companies.”

Mr. Adamik focuses on executive-level search with an emphasis on companies in technology, communications, digital/social media, information services and consumer industries. He also specializes in financial officer roles including CFO, controller, internal audit and financial operations. He has recruited many executives at the CEO and GM level, as well as other senior functional areas including sales leadership, business development, marketing, engineering, IT, product development and management, HR and professional services. His client base ranges from small venture or PE-backed firms to the Fortune 500. Mr. Adamik served as president and CEO of Yankee Group, and as an executive search consultant for Spencer Stuart.

Mr. Kirchdorfer has more than two decades of global technology and executive management experience as a senior executive in four start-ups and multiple Fortune 1000 business environments prior to joining Top Gun Ventures. He serves all functional areas, from CFO, CISO, CMO and SVP sales to engineering, operations and services. He has placed talent in the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Mr. Kirchdorfer has operational and executive experience in managing P&L for a variety of products, building and rebuilding organizations, scaling sales teams and developing sales and marketing programs with global reach. Prior to joining the firm, he was president of Domaine Group.

“Both Bjorn and Brian have become trusted partners with their clients,” said Peter Donovan, co-founder and managing partner, “helping them to not only bring on game changing leaders but to build game changing teams across the organization that have taken their business to the next level of growth.”

Founded in 2002, Top Gun has offices in Austin; Boston; Dallas; New York; Palo Alto, CA; Seattle; and St. Louis as well as partners in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm places CEOs and executives with corporate, venture capital, and private equity clients.


Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. Here’s a look at a few recent promotions at executive search firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

OverNorth promoted Renato T. Amador to partner. He is based jointly out of the firm’s Chicago headquarters and Washington, D.C. satellite location. Mr. Amador’s expertise revolves around recruiting transformational analytics, technology and human resources executives.

Quick Leonard Kieffer named Courtney Lada as managing partner. As the senior-most role within the firm, she is responsible for business development, strategic planning, project management, and team member training and advancement. During her tenure, Ms. Lada has closed more than 100 C-level searches.

In July, Witt/Kieffer announced 10 promotions in its expanding search practices. Werner Boel, based in Atlanta, is now senior partner and leader of the firm’s legal services practice. Melissa Fincher, based in Columbus, OH, is now a senior associate in the firm’s education practice.

Executive search firm Lucas Group has promoted two key players to bolster its ranks. Justin Martinez was named managing partner and leader of the firm’s Chicago-based information technology practice and Aaron Silbert was tapped as branch practice manager to spearhead its HR business in New York City.

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE promoted Allicia Hahn to partner. She joined the firm two years ago as managing director to build client relationships by delivering tailored recruitment solutions to the human resources, marketing, supply chain manufacturing and information technology sectors. She also has assumed a leadership role for the firm’s operational excellence initiative.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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