September 7, 2016 – Executive search firm WinterWyman has been retained by Rockets of Awesome to lead its search for a chief technology officer. The search firm’s senior vice president and partner, Mike Fitzgerald, is leading the assignment.
Rockets of Awesome’s CTO will be responsible for direct management and growth of its engineering team, as well as the overall success of its ROA platform. He or she will work closely with product and business partners to set goals, build roadmaps and prioritize work in order to build a new type of ecommerce experience, as well as foster an environment of collaboration, learning, career growth, and efficiency.
“Rockets of Awesome is looking for a data-driven engineering leader to provide executive leadership on all technology matters,” said Mr. Fitzgerald. “The ideal profile will build out a strong in-house engineering team and embrace the business needs as a partner with the CEO.”
Rockets of Awesome is reinventing the way parents shop for their kids. Their solution combines the features of membership ecommerce with a scientifically rigorous personalization method—all delivered in a unique customer experience with deep brand roots. The business is backed by Forerunner Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.
CTOs In Hot Demand
“CTO searches for this type of company entails finding the right balance between leadership, engineering and business acumen,” said Mr. Fitzgerald. “It’s also a role that will evolve more quickly than CTO roles in more mature companies as the team is built. Adaptability is a key attribute to identify.”
Among Mr. Fitzgerald completed CTO searches are those for Daily Beast and Gracious Eloise. He’s also led searches for head of engineering at 7Park Data, vice president of technology / product at Dering Hall, and senior vice president of engineering at Jibe.
Newly-named CTOs have been cropping up in a range of recent corporate hirings, from industrial giant GE to data management company NetApp to non-profits like the Museum of Modern Art. They all have named chief technology officers within the last year. Even presidential candidate front runner Hillary Clinton hired a longtime Google technology executive when her campaign for the White House began to serve as CTO overseeing technology development.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media