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Bespoke Partners Launches New Dedicated Practices to Accelerate Executive Search for Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Unique Data-Driven Search Delivers Transformative Go-to-Market, Technology and Talent Leaders for Software and SaaS Companies

Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of retained executive search and leadership advisory services, today announced the launch of three new dedicated executive search practices to accelerate recruiting of high-impact leaders for private equity-backed software companies.

The new dedicated practices provide in-depth, role-specific focus on sales and marketing leaders, technology leaders, and human resources leaders.

This approach targeting specific roles enables Bespoke to rapidly find and recruit leaders with the greatest potential to execute on portfolio company value creation plans to achieve an investment thesis.

“The talent market is tight, especially for seasoned leaders with successful private equity track records,” said Bespoke President Eric Walczykowski. “At the same time, it has never been more critical to quickly find leaders who can immediately start to execute on value creation plans.

“Our alignment of search and advisory teams around functional roles delivers faster results with more thorough assessment and unmatched access to the best candidates.”

The dedicated practices at Bespoke are formalizing the longstanding success the company has had in recruiting that targets key leadership roles.

Bespoke previously announced dedicated practices for CEO and Board Member Search and CFO Search. Both practices posted record-breaking performance in their respective areas in 2021 and both have exceeded 100 placements.

The new practices joining these include:

  • Go-to-Market (GTM) Leaders: recruiting sales and marketing leaders who drive portfolio company growth to win market share and ramp revenues.
  • Technology Leaders: recruiting Chief Technology Officers and Chief Product Officers who spearhead innovation, orchestrate development, and create high-value technology intellectual property.
  • Talent & Human Resources Leaders: recruiting human resources and talent management leaders who grow and motivate teams, manage corporate expansion, and develop winning company cultures.

Each team combines Bespoke’s proven data-driven search methodology with its unique leadership advisory services.

Bespoke calls this approach Search 2.0 and it brings management science to shortening search cycles and identifying candidates with the greatest potential for success in the targeted roles.

Record-breaking deal volume in private equity is making competition for talent fierce and lengthening industry average search times. But Bespoke’s Search 2.0 mitigates the impact of this historically tight market, as detailed in a recent company blog posting.

“We pioneered data-driven search and our track record in technology leadership recruiting showcases the power of Search 2.0,” said Nick Donlan, Senior Vice President and co-leader of Bespoke’s Technology Leaders recruiting practice. “Our process enables us to surface the best Chief Product Officer and Chief Technology Officer candidates earlier.

“We provide better transparency for the company and the candidates of how they will perform in the role. The outcome is faster placement of a high-impact technology leader who is a true fit for the company and the value creation plan.”

Search 2.0 features three unique elements for accelerating search:

  • Advanced Scorecarding – organizing the search and candidate evaluation around the specific needs for the company to grow and achieve the investment thesis.
  • Deep Validation™ – the industry’s most in-depth backchannel reference checking for validating a candidate’s skill set and experience.
  • FIT Profile™ – providing a unique, holistic view of how a candidate would fit with the company, leadership team and the role.

Visit to learn how Search 2.0 and the dedicated practice team approach can transform portfolio company leadership.

About Bespoke Partners

Bespoke Partners is the only firm focused exclusively on executive recruiting and leadership advisory services for private equity firms and portfolio companies in software.

More than 90% of the most active private equity software investors in the United States have relied on Bespoke for leadership recruiting and advisory.

Bespoke transformed leadership at portfolio companies achieving buyout transactions totaling more than $25 billion in 2021 alone.

Bespoke’s unique, data-driven services complete searches in typically half the industry average time with a 99% placement success rate.

The firm has offices in San Diego, Austin and Philadelphia and partners with more than 70 top tier private equity firms. It provides human capital services spanning the deal cycle from due diligence to leadership build-out to exit readiness. To learn more visit

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


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