"You create opportunities by performing, not complaining."
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
"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
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
"Mountaintops inspire leaders, but valleys mature them."
“Recruiting world class executive talent starts by helping our clients articulate their winning strategies, define their most pressing challenges and express their corporate cultures.”
John Barrett is a Partner with ON Search Partners. An expert in technology and business services with a focus on software-as-a-service, big data, consumer Internet, online marketplaces, financial technology and marketing services, John recruits senior level leadership for private equity and venture-backed portfolio companies as well as high-growth Fortune 1000 companies.
John joined ON Partners from Cook Associates where he served as Managing Partner in the Boston office. He began his recruiting career with Russell Reynolds Associates where he led the North American Financial Technology Practice and was a member of the firm's global Financial Services and Technology Practices.
Before becoming an executive recruiter, John enjoyed a successful career in marketing, sales and corporate strategy with organizations including Citi f/i (financial interactive), an ambitious Internet start-up for the Global Consumer Bank at Citigroup; Mars & Co, an international strategy consulting firm; and ICI Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of the British chemicals conglomerate.
John received his BS degree magna cum laude in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He is currently an elected member of the Tufts Alumni Council and an Advisory Committee member for the Innovation Index published annually by the MassTech Collaborative.
“To attain excellence in executive search it is imperative to forge a cohesive working relationship with client companies right from the outset of every search engagement and then proceed to consistently deliver beyond client expectations.”
John Coutts is a Partner with ON Search Partners. Backed with two decades of executive search experience, John’s practice focuses on advanced technologies and industrial organizations. His clients range from emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporations in the technology, industrial, consumer products, healthcare and professional services industries.
John joined ON Search from Korn/Ferry International where he was Senior Client Partner and Global Sector Leader for the Systems & Electronics Practice. His previous search experience includes six years with a leading West Coast-based executive search firm, and working as a consultant for two firms in Boston where he successfully completed searches in the advanced technology, industrial and biotechnology/ medical products sectors.
Earlier in his career, John was an educator, teaching college-level economics and business studies. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Waikato University, Hamilton in New Zealand.
John is based in the Portland, OR office.
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.
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.
Lenny Vairo is a Partner with ON Search Partners. Backed with twenty years of executive search experience, Lenny’s practice focuses on the technology and business services industry across CEO, Board of Director and senior-level executive assignments. He has also developed one of the premier Financial Officer practices in the industry with clients spanning large public companies and private equity-backed businesses ranging from turnaround situations to emerging growth businesses.
Lenny joined ONSP from Russell Reynolds Associates. Previously, he helped to build another premier technology search firm, led a start-up venture to revenue of more than $22 million in 2 years, and also enjoyed a successful 15-year career in finance, sales and general management with Fortune 100 companies. Early in his career, Lenny was a Division Controller for a large money center bank.
Lenny is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania where he serves on the board of Penn Athletics. He is on the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Patient Care & Quality Committee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Lenny received his B.S. in Finance and Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
"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.
“We define our success by the depth and breadth of the relationships we share with our clients — Trust, integrity, communication, commitment and quality are the keys to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
Seth Harris is a Partner with ON Search Partners. An expert at helping growth companies build elite management teams, Seth’s clients range from prominent multinational corporations to portfolio companies of leading venture capital and private equity firms.
Formerly Managing Partner with Cook Associates, Seth has cultivated lasting relationships with the finest industry leadership over his 20+ year search career. He has completed over 350 senior assignments for C-level and top-functional officers. His industry expertise includes software (SaaS), cloud enabled technologies (PaaS, IaaS), business process outsourcing, data analytics technologies, and mobility tools and platforms. His perspectives on leadership, executive assessment & succession, and talent have been widely reported from leading business publications including the Wall St. Journal, Businessweek, Financial Times, and CNN Money.
Seth began his executive search career as a founding member of Christian & Timbers' (now known as CTPartners) Boston office. He established and grew the software and data networking practice nationally, which defined Christian & Timbers' position as a leading brand for technology assignments. Later he joined DHR International as Managing Director and Global Practice Leader for their Advanced Technology sector.
Seth's career began at IBM Corporation where he served in sales management and marketing roles. During his 10 year career, he was recognized for his sales achievements by receiving numerous national awards, including IBM's Leadership Award and was selected as one of five top sales directors for the Northeast Area.
Seth earned his MBA from Boston University and a BS in Management from Keene State College. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, and their two daughters, playing guitar, skiing and relaxing in Lynnfield, MA.
Matthew A. Mooney404.343.6918
“A great search partner understands the market, is highly credible with a key community of influencers, and has the confidence to help a client navigate the hiring process.”
Matthew A. Mooney is a Partner with ON Search Partners. Backed with two decades of executive search experience, Matt has completed board and senior executive positions for public and private companies of various sizes across the communications sector. His clients include top brands in the global technology community with emphasis on Wireless, Digital Media, and Enterprise Services/Cloud computing.
Prior to ON Search, Matt founded MPI EDEN in early 2009, one of the more influential boutique executive search firms in the global convergence market. Previously he spent ten years with Russell Reynolds Associates where he was a Managing Director and Head of the Communications & Convergence Practice for the Americas. Matt spent the first part of his career with Ray & Berndtson and Korn/Ferry International.
A member of the National Board of the Arthritis Foundation, Matt serves as Chairman of the Board Development Committee, and Chairman- Southeast Region. He also serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Technology Leadership Council and is a Board Advisors for Kids and Pros, which is one of the fastest growing interactive community programs in the country.
Matt earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Christian University. He is based in Atlanta.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Uncovering the ‘right’ executive is more than just a resume exercise; it’s having a deep understanding of the industry, adhering to a data-driven search methodology, and a qualification process based on cultural fit as much as it is professional relevancy."
As a Partner with ON Search Partners, Bryan leads executive searches for public corporations, as well as the portfolio companies of leading private equity and venture capital firms. His area of expertise spans the broad technology and consumer electronics space. Bryan’s recent marquee clients have included Logitech, Harman, mophie, Mad Catz, Cree, EcoSense Lighting, among others.
Prior to ON Search, Bryan worked with Charles Schwab & Co., where he managed and serviced corporate and retirement plan assets exceeding $2 billion for national and multinational clients in the manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries. He designed and implemented new plan strategies to improve performance and ensure financial fitness.
Bryan has a BA in Finance and Marketing from Ohio University. In addition to being a member of the Ohio University Baseball team, he was also selected to be a member of Corporate Leadership Fellows group.
Bryan lives in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife, where he spends his free time boating and cycling as well as playing baseball and tennis. He is currently on the board of The Different Needz Foundation; a non-profit organization that provides financial and other assistance to families with special needs children.