Larry Ormsby



"Everyone wants 'A-players'. The challenge is defining what an 'A-player' looks like for your client and their unique situation. We define that, and then we go out and get it."

Larry has recruited close to two hundred Chief Financial Officers over nearly two decades of retained search experience. His practice focuses on CFO assignments across multiple industries, including helping CFOs build out their executive team of direct reports.

Leveraging his expertise in the broader technology sector, Larry works with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global enterprises across many industries. He also has a long history of partnering successfully with financial sponsors, both private equity and venture capital firms.

He has successfully recruited financial leaders to Airbnb, Tesla, VMware, Riverbed Technology, Splunk, Infor Global, SoftLayer, NCR, Analog Devices, Savers, Gelson’s Markets and many other organizations.

Prior to ON Partners, Larry was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International, focusing on the CFO and related searches in their Financial Officer and Technology practices. He started his executive search career with Russell Reynolds after a three-year overseas assignment in Tokyo for Credit Suisse First Boston.

Larry lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, two children and two hairy dogs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, speaks conversational Japanese fluently (or thereabouts), and is a devoted San Francisco Giants fan.

Recent News

Successful Placement: Intel Security

Intel Security Hires Former FireEye Exec Michael Berry As Its New CFO As Intel Security readies to become a standalone security vendor, it has named former FireEye CFO Michael Berry as its new chief financial officer, the company announced Monday. Read the full release

Successful Placement: Tesla Motors

Eric Branderiz to Join Tesla as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Sep 23, 2016) – Today, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced Eric Branderiz will join the Company on Monday, October 24, 2016 as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Eric brings accounting and solar expertise to Tesla […]

Square peg, round hole

How to choose the right CFO for your company Smart Business Lenny Vairo + Larry Ormsby interviewed by Adam Burroughs Share:  Follow: x CFOs, at their core, are and have always been responsible for a company’s finances. Today, however, there’s a great deal more they need to understand and be capable of delivering. “The expectation is that the […]

The art of referencing

Uncovering valuable information beyond a candidate’s references Smart Business Steve Cornacchia + Larry Ormsby interviewed by Adam Burroughs Share:  Follow:   When looking at a resume, it’s no longer the case that a long tenure makes an executive candidate the better choice. “Many of today’s executives have short stays at several companies over their career,” says […]

Something with Meaning

Excerpt from CFO Magazine’s ‘From Finance to Fintech‘ by David McCann featuring Larry Ormsby, Partner, ON Partners. November 24, 2015   Share:  Follow:   CFOs of financial startups may be motivated by more than money. Yes, financial services executives are taking technology CFO jobs because they are tired of regulatory handcuffs, they want to do something more […]

Successful Placement: Tesla Motors

ON PARTNERS ANNOUNCES PLACEMENT OF JASON WHEELER AS TESLA MOTORS CFO   SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 04, 2015 – ON Partners today announced the successful appointment of Jason Wheeler as chief financial officer of Tesla Motors, designers and manufacturers of premium electric vehicles. Jason joins Tesla after 13 years at Google Inc. — Alphabet […]

Successful Placement: Airbnb

Airbnb Announces Laurence Tosi as Chief Financial Officer SAN FRANCISCO – July 24 2015 – Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, today announced that Laurence Tosi will join Airbnb’s management team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting to co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky. Tosi will be responsible for finance, treasury, tax, and finance […]