"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
Frank Lloyd Wright
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected."
"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
"Mountaintops inspire leaders, but valleys mature them."
"You create opportunities by performing, not complaining."
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
Shawn Oglesbee440.318.1006 ext (202)
“I believe the best predictor of an effective and successful search is to get off to a fast and forceful start. It requires deep client understanding, organization, and tenacity to generate extraordinary candidates early on; this initial velocity builds confidence and accelerates the whole search process.”
Shawn Oglesbee is a founding Partner of ON Search Partners. He personally leads searches in technology (hardware, software, services) and energy/cleantech. Shawn has directed CEO, Board, and VP‐level searches for Broadcom (BRCM), Calxeda, Daintree Networks, Maxlinear (MXL), Seeo, NeoPhotonics (NPTN), Diablo Technologies and NRG Energy (NRG). Shawn also regularly works with leading venture capital and private equity firms.
Prior to ON Search Partners, Shawn was a Managing Partner at CTPartners. During his nine years with the firm, he rose to become the youngest Partner, and then Managing Partner, in the 30-year history of the company. At CTPartners he was a member of several task forces that measured client experience and search success, and received numerous awards for outstanding commitment to client satisfaction. Shawn also spent several years with another retained executive search firm. Before joining the executive search industry Shawn worked in sales management with a large marketing information supplier.
Shawn holds a BA in History from Kent State University. He has authored numerous reports on emerging trends in software, technology services, clean energy, semiconductors, and photonics. These studies have been cited in a wide variety of trade and business publications including EE Times, Electronic Business, and Distributed Energy. Shawn is a native of Pennsylvania and lives in Chagrin Falls with his wife and children.
Tim Conti440.318.1006 ext (203)
"Identifying the ideal candidate is not simply a matter of discovering someone with the right background and experience, but rather a complex exercise that we undertake to understand the client's culture, growth state, core competencies, and functional needs. Only after we've fully understood our clients' situation, can we identify the best candidates."
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Tim Conti is a Partner and co-founder of ON Search Partners. Concentrating his practice on CXO, Vice President, and Board-level searches, he’s worked with a broad range of clients to bolster their senior executive ranks. He believes that an executive search is the most critical consulting engagement a company can initiate. As a consultant, it is his responsibility to maneuver clients through every step of the team-building process, from candidate identification and assessment to hiring decisions and offer negotiations.
Tim focuses his practice across three industry segments that frequently overlap: Technology, Industrial and Energy. Within these segments, he’s worked with both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. His recent searches have focused on growth areas including wireless, cloud computing, storage, smart grid, datacenter infrastructure, polymer innovations, and power electronics, partnering with clients to identify and attract the best-in-class talent available. Leveraging behavioral interviewing techniques, Tim has helped his clients dig deep into candidate backgrounds and avoid costly hiring mistakes.
Prior to excelling in the executive search field, Tim worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Intellectual Property group, where he served as an expert witness in cases litigated before the various Federal Court Districts. He also practiced intellectual property litigation for one of the largest law firms in Chicago. Tim holds a BS in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a JD from Loyola University Chicago. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Amy have three children.
"I realize that the decisions I make in selecting the right leader can change the dialogue at the dinner table for every employee. This is profound to me. I like to think I play a part in developing a company's path to success, while improving the quality of every employee's work life."
ON Search Partners Co-founder and Partner Brad Westveld specializes in the recruitment of C-level opportunities for public and emerging high growth companies. Specializing in the Technology space, Brad also leverages his expertise and maintains a deep network of contacts in other fields where technology and business meet, including E-Commerce, Software, Semiconductors, Consumer Electronics, Cloud/Big Data and related industries. His recent marquee clients include Flextronics, a EMS and hardware firm with interests in the LED and Industrial markets; Akamai Technologies, a leading software, cloud, and web delivery provider; Samsung, world renowned for its footprint in mobile and consumer products, Infineon Technologies, a global provider of integrated circuit (IC) technology and Accellent, which provides services to the medical device industry.
Brad is widely recognized for his interactive and engaged approach, assisting clients navigating a search process that is dynamic, complex, and real time. His clients range from global technology corporations to start-ups and promising companies backed by industry-leading venture capital and private equity firms. His search practice and executive talent network is global, serving major innovation hubs worldwide, including Silicon Valley and other North American centers, Israel, and others throughout Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining ON Search Partners in 2007, Brad held progressively responsible positions within the Advanced Technology practices of three top-tier executive search firms. He was a member of Korn/Ferry International’s Global Technology Practice, where he was the firm’s youngest Senior Partner and Sector Leader. Brad began his career with Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector (now Freescale Semiconductor) in Austin, Texas. Brad holds an MA in Communications Management from Bond University, Australia, where he completed his thesis in dispute resolution. He received a BS in Communications from Grand Valley State University. With his wife and two children, Brad enjoys golf, travel, community service, and is an avid fan of college football.
"Our clients evaluate us based on quantitative metrics, such as: 'How often are we successful in making the placement?'; 'How long does it take?'; and 'Do the placements stay with the client?' Beyond that, the decision to work with us is based on a personal connection, a sense of the passion and enthusiasm we bring to our work."
Josh Nathanson is a co-founder of ON Search Partners. Josh's executive search experience covers a broad array of functions and disciplines, including significant work at the CEO and Board Director levels. In addition to his work with publicly-traded clients such as KLA-Tencor, Veeco Instruments, ATMI, and Vitesse Semiconductor, Josh has been instrumental in helping his start-up clients add significant talent to their management teams. He's worked with emerging semiconductor and clean technology companies backed by some of the industry's top international venture capitalists including Mohr Davidow, Braemar Energy Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Battery Ventures.
Prior to joining ON Search Partners, Josh was a Principal with Christian & Timbers, one of the 10 largest executive search firms in the world. Before executive search, he was a commercial litigator for a leading Cleveland-based law firm. Josh received his JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was an Editor on Law Review. He completed his undergraduate work at Emory University, receiving a BA in History.
Josh is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys baseball, golf, and travel. He is married with three children, ages eleven, ten, and four.
Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D.650.257.7870
"I believe the most successful life sciences companies are built and enhanced with the highest quality senior executives - so we strive to engage candidates in the top 10% of their field. We follow-up on those introductions with extensive referencing, leadership assessment, and fit with our client's company culture."
Suzanne Zebedee is a Partner at ON Search Partners specializing in life sciences. She leads searches in biotechnology, diagnostics, research tools and the medical devices sectors of healthcare. Suzanne has conducted CEO and top level scientific, medical, financial and commercial searches for public and venture back companies.
Prior to ON Search Partners, Suzanne was a Senior Client Partner and Co-Leader of the Biotechnology Practice at Korn/Ferry International. Spending over ten years at the firm, she was twice awarded with the Life Sciences Practice Annual Client Satisfaction Award and contributed to top office awards in North America.
Suzanne’s background is from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Prior to executive search, she served as the Vice President of Business Development for two venture backed companies, Applied Molecular Evolution and Immusol. Additionally, Suzanne held research positions at the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Pharmacia and SIBIA.
Suzanne received her Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology from Northwestern University and her Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College. Suzanne lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and son and enjoys water polo, swimming, scuba diving and travel.
Andy Hickman214.989.6142 office
"A great search consultant will possess a passion for identifying, assessing and recruiting leadership talent to your organization."
With nearly two decades of executive search experience, Andy Hickman is an expert in relationship-based search execution. Andy joined ON Search Partners in 2010 after fifteen years with Korn/Ferry International where he served as a Senior Client Partner in the Global Technology Practice.
Andy’s technology sectors of expertise include Software, Private Equity, IT Services, Security, Analytics, and E-Learning to name a few. Additionally, his functional search experience includes the placement of over 50 Chief Information, Chief Technology and Chief Sales Officers.
Andy earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science with Honors degree in chemistry from Southern Methodist University. Andy resides in Dallas with his wife and two sons.
"The major factor for the success of a search, in terms of speed and the quality of the executive placed, is that your search partner really understands your market. That consultant's expertise will bring with it solid unbiased referencing on executives, deep knowledge of companies' track records in product development and commercial execution, and the ability to quickly pinpoint where the truly strong talent lies."
Steve Cornacchia is a Partner in the Life Sciences Practice of ON Search Partners. Steve specializes in assisting emerging life sciences companies, as well as multinational biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, address global development and commercial challenges.
Steve's broad experience within the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries has given him the insight and the ability to quickly assess and attract top leadership talent for his clients. He has a demonstrated track record of successfully identifying and retaining visionary leaders across a broad spectrum of clients, including CEOs, Chief Medical Officers and Chief Scientific Officers, as well as functional Vice Presidents in discovery, clinical research, program management, regulatory affairs, and commercial and business development. He has led numerous global executive searches, including successful assignments in Europe and Asia. Steve’s functional depth in R&D recruitment over the years has given him access to a broad global network of key scientific talent and thought leaders across both industry and academia.
Prior to ON Search Partners, Steve was a Partner in the Life Sciences Practice of CTPartners. Over his seven years with the company, Steve played a significant role in building the practice into a sizeable industry-leading global platform. Earlier in his career, Steve was affiliated with a San Francisco-based boutique retained search firm. Based in the firm's Baltimore/DC office, Steve is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Severna Park with his wife and two daughters and enjoys playing soccer any chance he can get.
"Everyone wants 'A players'. The real challenge is defining what an 'A player' looks like for clients and their specific situation. We help to define that, and then go out and get it."
Based out of the Silicon Valley office, Larry Ormsby joined ON Search Partners in 2013 with over fifteen years of retained search experience focused almost entirely on financial officer assignments. Having recruited well over one hundred Chief Financial Officers, he also specializes in helping CFOs build out their executive team of direct reports. Larry works closely with private equity firms and their portfolio companies to recruit top financial talent across the country as well.
Larry has worked with companies ranging in size from start ups to multi-billion dollar global enterprises across multiple industries. Located in Northern California, he spends considerable time with clients in the broader technology sector where he has developed strong expertise. He has successfully recruited senior leaders to organizations such as Salesforce.com, VMware, Riverbed Technology, Splunk, SoftLayer, NCR, Analog Devices, and many others.
Most recently, Larry was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International, focusing on the CFO and related searches in their Financial Officer and Technology practices. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, he was with Russell Reynolds, where he started his executive search career in 1997 after returning from a three-year overseas assignment in Tokyo for Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to investment banking, Larry worked in advertising for Hakuhodo, a major Japanese advertising company. He started his career in Japan with Mitsui & Co. in marketing and sales roles. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from California State University, Long Beach, and speaks conversational Japanese fluently.
Glenn Anderson, Jr.440.318.1006 ext (209)
"A key element to successful executive search is taking a consultative approach to establishing the project strategy and execution plan. this provides a platform for a deep understanding of client needs, which in turn results in expedient candidate engagement and excellent placement fit."
Glenn Anderson is a partner at ON Search Partners based out of the Cleveland, Ohio office. His executive search experience focuses on finding C-Suite and senior executives for the industrial and financial service sectors. In addition to his work with publicly traded companies, Glenn has also been instrumental adding significant talent to the management teams of small to mid-sized privately-held and private equity-backed businesses. Experienced in international assignments, he was named by BusinessWeek in 2008 as one of the top 150 most influential headhunters in the world.
Prior to joining ON Search Partners, Glenn was a Senior Vice President of Tyler & Company and the Managing Director of Signium International in Cleveland. He served on the Board of Directors of Signium International and led the global industrial practice. In 2012, he received Signium International's highest recognition, the Chairman's Award, for his dedication and contributions. He began his career in retained executive search in 1995, serving as a partner with TMP Worldwide and LAI Worldwide. Before executive search, he was the president of an industrial manufacturing company and consulted with KPMG in human resources, benefits, and compensation. He is a frequent speaker on leadership and executive recruiting at various industry forums.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Glenn serves on the Board of Trustees of the Western Reserve Historical Society and served on the Weatherhead School of Management Alumni Advisory Council. He holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in English Literature and an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management. Glenn lives in Gates Mills with his wife and two children.