With 16 years of experience in technology retained search, Sean has played a key role in more than 225 successful executive search projects. Having joined SPMB as an Analyst in September 2000, he helped architect the firm’s unique research methodology, an original approach at the time since widely replicated throughout the industry. A top performer, he climbed the ladder at SPMB and was one of the fastest-tracked employees ever, running search projects end-to-end as project lead as early as 2006. Sean has extensive experience in a variety of functional areas, most notably VP Product, CTO / VP Eng, VP Marketing, and VP Sales. Sample clients have included Imperva, Amazon, Nginx, Xero, Citrix, Infoblox, Data Domain, DNAnexus, HeartFlow, Lucid Design Group, LightCyber, and RiseSmart, among others. Sean’s integrity, professionalism, and thoughtfulness in handling both client and candidate, as well as his level of engagement in each and 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.
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.