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Richard A. Lear

Richard A. Lear

Managing Partner

[email protected]
Direct: (650) 275-3631

Completed Executive Searches

Richard has led more than 300 executive searches for leading technology companies. His current search focus is within AI / Machine Learning, Data Science and Analytics, Products and Engineering. Recent wins include Amazon, Sojern, OpenTable, Rocket Fuel, Homer Logistics and Universal Music Group (UMG). Richard has founded and overseen product management for four Silicon Valley-based businesses, including iView, (interviewing platform), RichMedia Networks (customer lifecycle management) and Greenwave International, Inc.

Previously, Richard was a founding partner at both Vantage Communications and Lear, Herrerias, and Lee. He began his executive search career as a senior associate at the Stratford Group.

Richard received his bachelors In Economics with honors from Brown University. He’s also completed additional engineering and venturing coursework at Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley and the Kellogg School of Management.

Domain Focus

  • AI/Machine Learning, Data Science and Analytics 57% 57%
  • Engineering 25% 25%
  • Products 18% 18%

Founder and chief product officer of four Silicon Valley-based companies in media, SaaS, human capital and consumer electronics. Responsible for the launch of 11 products.

Highly quantitative and analytical recruiter with an affinity for highly technical roles.

Three favorite product guru placements:

  • Jeff Weiner at Warner Bros, now CEO, Linked-In
  • Ben Golub at pre-IPO Verisign, now CEO, Docker
  • Rick Jackson at Apple/IBM JV, Taligent, now CMO, Qlik

Richard led the search for our head of Operations Research at Homer Logistics. This was a very technical hire, and it required a recruiter with the ability to understand and differentiate the technical challenges we were facing in order to bring qualified candidates through the door. Richard not only grasped the business and technical challenges effectively and communicated those to candidates, he also put us in a position of choosing between multiple, extremely qualified individuals at the end of the search. Our interaction with Richard has been the best compared to multiple retained recruiters we have used in the course of senior hiring. I would emphatically recommend Rich to anyone looking to hire a technical leader at their company.

Adam Price

CEO, Homer Logistics

Rich and his team at Vantage have helped us fill several VP and Senior Director level roles at both Zone Labs and MarkMonitor. Rich listens well, runs a good process and has helped us land key players. I’d gladly recommend him as a tier one recruiter in the tech sector.

Irfan Salim

CEO, Mark Monitor and Zone Labs

Rich Lear has always been there to help our teams get top talent when we needed it. He is a trusted though leader and a true professional. He brings his clients so much more than great talent. He helps guide, direct and evolve the executive/tech recruiting solution and in turn you get a lot more than you pay for! Rich and his exceptional team(s) are committed to a true partnership that will always set you up for success.

Karen Kesner

VP Talent Acquisition, Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon

Rich is one of the best in the industry…dives into a search with real vigor, intellect and thorough understanding of the needs of the clients.

Gamiel Gran

Partner, Sierra Ventures

Rich built out a tremendous, entrepreneurial management team for Betfair USA. He is a super business partner who understands the kind of person it takes to grow a startup. Rich is a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to working with him again.

He was very quick to clarify our needs, and delivered highest quality candidates.

Gerard Cunningham

Founder and President, BetFair

Rich and his team partnered with us at Rocket Fuel resulting in a number of hires for our growing data science team. I appreciated his team’s research, market insights, and teamwork in helping land some of the most sought-after profiles in the Valley. Rich is well connected, data-driven, and always keeps focused on client goals. I look forward to working with his team again soon. 

Mark Langlie

Director of Recruiting, RocketFuel

Richard is a great talent acquisition consultant. I call him a consultant because that is how approaches his clients. He builds relationships and becomes a trusted advisor. He spends a lot of time understanding the client’s needs and he gives great advice on softer skills/requirements that helps his clients get the best candidate in a holistic way. He helped me often times think more broadly about the person and he brings a lot of color on every opportunity he presented to me.

I found Rich to be an executive and talent coach. His consulting approach to talent acquisition makes him unique.

Manoj Goyal

SVP, Engineering, OpenX

Recent Searches
Chief Scientist, Rocket Fuel Ad-technology; AI NYSE: FUEL
Head of Data Science, OpenTable Consumer Application, Platform (Owned by Priceline.com)
Head of Applied Science, Amazon

SVP Engineering, Acxiom Ad-technology, SaaS, Big Data, Analytics (NASDAQ: ACXM)
SVP Engineering, OpenX Ad-technology, SaaS, (Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures)
SVP Engineering, Demandbase SaaS, (Altos Ventures, Scale Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures)

SVP Products, Rocket Fuel Ad-technology NYSE: FUEL
SVP Products, OpenX Ad-technology, SaaS, (Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures)
SVP Products, ZEFR Digital Media, SaaS, Big Data (Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, USVP, IVP)
SVP Products, ZEFR Digital Media, SaaS, Big Data (Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, USVP, IVP)

Chief Executive Officer, Campanja Ad-technology, Digital Marketing (Hoxton Ventures, DFJ Spirit)
Chief Executive Officer, Seek Thermal Consumer Electronics
Chief Marketing Officer, Ping Identity Identity Management, Security (General Catalyst, KKR)
Chief Marketing Officer, Centrify Identity Management, Security (Accel Partners, Mayfield, Sigma)

Role Client Sector
CEO Ebates Consumer / Internet
CEO Mindflash Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
CEO Mokafive Enterprise / SaaS
CEO Proximic Consumer / Internet
CEO VoloMedia Consumer / Internet
CEO Teleplace Enterprise / SaaS
GM Consumer RealNetworks Consumer / Internet
President Criteo Consumer / Internet
VP/GM Business Development Songkick Consumer / Internet
SVP Global Online Webroot Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
SVP Sales & Marketing RealNetworks Consumer / Internet
VP Business Development Anchor Intelligence Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business Development BEA Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business Development FaceTime Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business Development Pubmatic Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business Development Retrevo Consumer / Internet
VP Business Development Teros Enterprise / SaaS
VP Corporate & Business Development Announce Media Enterprise / SaaS
VP Global Services Ventures, Azure Capital Zend Enterprise / SaaS
VP Human Resources MarkMonitor Enterprise / SaaS
VP Interactive AOL Consumer / Internet
VP Marketing Adchemy Consumer / Internet
VP Marketing Betfair Consumer / Internet
VP Marketing FaceTime Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing FireEye Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing Lynda.com Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing Mokafive Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing Nearby Now Consumer / Internet
VP Marketing OnVantage Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing Plum Consumer / Internet
VP Marketing RingCube Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing Teros Enterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing & Product Management Untangle Enterprise / SaaS
VP Media Adchemy Consumer / Internet
VP Online Marketing Total Defense Enterprise / SaaS
VP Product Management Retrevo Consumer / Internet
VP Product Marketing BEA Enterprise / SaaS
VP Products Mokafive Enterprise / SaaS
VP Publisher Services PubMatic Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Sales NeoScale Enterprise / SaaS
VP Sales Teros Enterprise / SaaS
VP Sales Untangle Enterprise / SaaS
VP Sales Zend Enterprise / SaaS
VP Sales Zone Labs Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Strategic Sales PSS Atlas Enterprise / SaaS
VP/GM Telephia Consumer / Internet :: Mobile / Wireless
Corporate Controller Google Consumer / Internet
CMO ScanCafe Consumer / Internet
CMO CourseSmart Consumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
CMO WideOrbit Enterprise / SaaS
CMO Zend Enterprise / SaaS
COO Komli Consumer / Internet
CRO Betfair Consumer / Internet

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Richard A. Lear
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Jodi Shah
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Julie Locke
Managing Director and Vice President Executive Coaching
Christine Kull
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Gene Zaccor
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