With 20+ years of experience in technology retained search, Sean has played a key role in 300+ successful executive search projects since joining SPMB in 2000. As one of the firm’s fastest-tracked employees ever, Sean began leading search projects end-to-end by 2006. Among his other contributions, Sean helped architect SPMB’s research-driven methodology, an entirely unique approach at the time—and today widely replicated throughout the search industry.
Over the past two decades, Sean has built a successful search practice that specializes in identifying and placing top engineering, technical, and product leadership at the most innovative companies across the growth spectrum. He’s witnessed firsthand how these roles have developed over time and how they continue to evolve in real-time, which allows him to prepare his clients for what’s next. Sean’s integrity and professionalism, paired with his level of unwavering engagement in every project, are qualities consistently attributed to him by clients and candidates alike.
A Bay Area native, Sean graduated with honors from the University of California Davis, where he completed the pre-med program and earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Managerial Economics. He currently lives in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, three boys, and West Highland White Terrier, Paisley.
What are you passionate about?
I’m most passionate about being a good father to my two young sons. While challenging at times, I’m enjoying parenthood more than I ever dreamed I would.
Where have you traveled and where would you still like to go?
The most interesting places I’ve been thus far are Vietnam and Cambodia. I’m very interested in getting up to Alaska.
Who would you trade places with for one month?
The President of the United States, just to see what kinds of decisions are made on a daily basis.
What’s the most non-traditional job you’ve ever had?
In high school I bussed tables at a restaurant for spending money and to buy my first car. I’m a big believer in the value of experiencing humble, physical work while growing up, and look for this quality in my own hiring.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have relatives in the Basque region of France who are literally cheese makers.