July 17, 2017 – Executive recruiter True Search, which was recently recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media, has opened an office in Singapore, making its first foray into the APAC market. Alex Gold, founder of Quantum Search, has joined True to lead the expansion.
“Alex joins True in a key phase in our global growth program,” said Andrew Banks, managing director, international, at True. “I have been highly impressed with what Alex achieved with Quantum Search and the opportunity to build on this with True is significant across APAC. We feel very fortunate to have him on board as we build the region.”
Mr. Gold specializes in leadership searches for internet, software and fintech investments of leading venture capital firms. At his boutique firm, Quantum Search, Mr. Gold focused on early-stage, VC backed tech companies and the initial leadership hires for U.S./ EMEA-based firms expanding into APAC market.
He brings more than 10 years of executive search experience, including five years at Korn Ferry within the technology practice, specializing in CIO/ CTO leadership hiring and head of talent acquisition for S&P Global out of Singapore. Mr. Gold has been a recruiter in APAC for five years. He previously lived in London and San Francisco.
“The levels of external and regional investment in growth technology companies across the APAC region has never been higher,” said Joe Riggione, co-CEO of True Talent Advisory. “The challenge, however, for proven talent is sustained in the region. Accessing global expertise is critical to these investments creating value, and True’s unique global platform is perfectly positioned to help entrepreneurs and investors across the APAC market attract the expertise they need to fulfill their goals.”
The Singaporean economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, competitive, dynamic and business-friendly anywhere. The Index of Economic Freedom ranks Singapore as the second freest economy in the world and the Ease of Doing Business Index has ranked it as the easiest place to do business for the past decade.
Singapore’s largest companies are in the telecommunications, banking, transportation and manufacturing sectors, many of which started as state-run enterprises and are now listed on the Singapore Exchange, including Singapore Telecommunications, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Keppel Corporation, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Development Bank of Singapore, and United Overseas Bank.
True Search operates from 10 offices worldwide. The firm recruits talent for growing technology companies that are backed by accomplished investors. Working in both the private and public sectors, the firm has offices throughout the U.S. and in the EMEA region.
In May, True Search added Thor Bucy, Jennifer DeCastro, Ryan Hall and Barry Wahlberg to its roster of partners. Mr. Bucy joined the firm’s technical officers practice and is focused on C-suite-level searches in data, engineering, operations, security and product. Ms. DeCastro joined the firm’s digital transformation practice; she focuses on presidents, C-suite, vice presidents and directors in the digital, media and marketing industries. Mr. Hall joined the VC practice in its San Francisco office; he concentrates on recruiting C-suite and VP-level executives to some of the top enterprise software and consumer technology companies. Mr. Wahlberg became a member of the private equity practice; his specialty is C-suite searches for public and hyper-growth PE-backed business-to-business software companies.
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