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Bespoke Partners Opens East Coast Office, Welcomes New Vice President

Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of accelerated executive search services for the private equity (PE) market, announced today that it has opened a Philadelphia-area office, establishing the firm’s nationwide presence to meet surging demand for its services.

The expansion is driven by the firm’s rapid growth in its unique executive recruiting and leadership advisory services for private-equity-backed software companies. The new office joins the Bespoke Partners headquarters in San Diego, California, and its regional office in Austin, Texas, as the firm celebrates the 10th anniversary of its founding.

“We are devoted to delivering exceptional service to our clients and the new office in Philadelphia will let us be even more responsive and engaged with clients in the eastern part of the country,” said CEO Kristie Nova. “Our expansion will boost our services to a new level of efficiency and success for our clients.”

Over the past decade, Bespoke Partners has carved a niche as the only firm solely serving the human capital needs of software market companies backed by private equity investors.

Bespoke also announced that Maria Scharper has joined the firm as Vice President in the Philadelphia office. She brings more than 6 years of experience in recruiting leaders for dozens of private equity portfolio companies across a range of markets.

Maria joins the firm from LLR Partners, where she grew the executive teams and boards for over 45 portfolio companies in sectors including edtech, fintech, healthcare technology and security.

She joins Bespoke Vice President Ned Lanphier in the Philadelphia office.

“We are delighted to have such top caliber executives as Maria and Ned driving our client engagements across the eastern seaboard,” said Bespoke President Eric Walczykowski. “With this investment we are ramping up our capacity to meet the growing need for services that transform and enhance portfolio company leadership in any part of the market.”

Central to the firm’s rapid growth is its Search 2.0™ process, which significantly cuts search time and results in higher executive placement success rates. It features:

  • Advanced Scorecarding – tailoring a search to specific company needs and its value creation plan for achieving the investment thesis.
  • Deep Validation™ – the industry’s most in-depth backchannel reference checking to yield unparalleled insight into a candidate’s background and skills.
  • FIT Profile™ – a holistic view of a candidate’s potential for success in the company, team and role.

Visit to learn how Search 2.0 can transform portfolio company leadership.

About Bespoke Partners

Bespoke Partners is a retained executive search and leadership advisory firm dedicated to partnering with leading private equity firms, including Thoma Bravo, Francisco Partners, Clearlake Capital, WCAS, GI Partners, Apax Partners, CVC Capital Partners, and TA Associates, to recruit software talent and assess and evaluate teams at every stage of the investment lifecycle, from growth equity to buyout. Bespoke Partners’ search expertise includes all C-Level searches, as well as Board of Directors and internal private equity Operating Partner searches. Bespoke’s leadership advisory expertise includes organizational due diligence as well as executive assessment, onboarding and coaching. Bespoke Partners has offices in San Diego, Austin and Philadelphia.

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Search 2.0, Deep Validation and FIT Profile are trademarks of Bespoke Partners LLC.


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