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Bespoke Partners Welcomes Chief People Officer

Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of retained executive search and leadership advisory services, today announced that Julie Catalano has joined the firm as Chief People Officer.

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Julie Catalano, Bespoke Partners Chief People Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Julie Catalano, Bespoke Partners Chief People Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Julie brings more than 20 years of senior leadership in human resources, organizational culture, human capital management and business strategy for high-performance companies.

Immediately prior to joining Bespoke, she served as Vice President, Global Human Resources, at Vertex Inc., a tax compliance software and services company. During her time at Vertex, Julie served as a strategic human capital thought partner to the enterprise, helping the company to achieve its business goals through proactive consultation, leveraging her deep human resources expertise. Prior to that role, Julie held multiple key leadership positions across the human resources disciplines at investment management company Vanguard.

“We are delighted to bring Julie onboard as our first ever Chief People Officer,” said Eric Walczykowski, Bespoke President. “Julie’s breadth and depth of experience make her extraordinarily well-suited to help us scale out a world-class team, deepen our high-performance culture, and do so in a way that creates an inclusive, driven, and highly collaborative work environment.”

“Bespoke Partners already has a purpose-driven culture, and a strong foundation of benefits and programs supporting our employees,” Julie said. “I am thrilled to partner with the team to enhance our people-first culture, supporting our growing teams as they deliver transformative services to our clients.”

Based in Bespoke’s Philadelphia office, Julie brings expertise in human capital management stemming from her achievements in organizational design and change management, succession and workforce planning, and M&A integration. She also possesses extensive experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), total rewards management, and employee engagement, relations, learning and development.

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 US 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

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