Vantage Partners experiences record growth in retained executive search

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 8, 2014–

Vantage Partners, a leading executive search firm, announces a record year in 2013 completing executive searches for market-leading companies including Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI), Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ: FUEL), OpenX, Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), LiquidSpace, Magnet Systems, Marble Security, Yummly, Streetline, Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Pertino, Swrve, Actian, Acxiom (NASDAQ: ACXM), CourseSmart, Complete Solar Solution, Devicescape, FileTrek, SunRun, Jemstep, MoPub (acquired by Twitter in 2013), Tyrian Systems, IntApp, Picaboo and Tagged among others.

Key searches included executive and C-level roles in engineering, products, marketing, sales and operations. In 2013, Vantage Partners observed an increase in engineering and product management searches and expects this trend to continue in 2014 as companies look to push innovation boundaries. The marketing, sales and professional services/operations practices at Vantage Partners saw a modest increase over the previous year, but as companies look to gain market traction these functions should see a healthy lift in 2014. Significant levels of venture funding continue to be invested in the Consumer Internet and Enterprise sectors. With new funding comes pressure from investors to recruit the top echelon of executives. Venture capital firms funding Vantage Partners’ client companies include Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Greylock Partners, Accel Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Floodgate Fund, New Enterprise Associates, Intel Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, Mayfield Fund and more.

The fastest-growing markets in 2013 from an executive search perspective appear to be Consumer Internet, Digital Media, Ad Technology and Cloud/Mobile/Big Data as more companies compete for top executive talent. Recruiting top executive talent remains a key competitive differentiator for companies, and is increasingly less challenging with an experienced search firm with a track record of success in their industries. Vantage Partners excelled in 2013 with over 75% of searches closing 33 days faster than the industry average of 120 days. With accelerated search completion times, client companies benefit from faster time-to-market and increased productivity.

About Vantage Partners

Landing top executive talent remains a critical driving factor for many companies. With mission-critical searches, Vantage Partners delivers impactful, transformational executive talent at the C-suite and VP/SVP level for successful outcomes for clients across several market sectors. For more information, visit

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Christine Lee, 650-579-7300 ext. 112