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September 10, 2012, Mark Lonergan
I met recently with two different friends who are internal executive recruiters at Silicon Valley 150® companies here in Northern California. Both were friends and associates at Heidrick & Struggles. Both are proven, capable recruiters for senior-level management—and both are looking to leave the internal recruiting roles they have each had for the last four years, looking to re-join the... Read more »
June 20, 2012, Mark Lonergan
Now that Facebook has gone public with over 500 million users, even the most jaundiced observers admit that there is a real place for social media in 2012. It is a way that many of us stay in touch with friends and relatives, offering us another connection point for people we care about in our lives. Problem is, many use Facebook and Twitter, Email and other social media as the primary... Read more »
May 16, 2012, Mark Lonergan
I had breakfast this morning with a several-time CEO here in the Silicon Valley. “Mike” is an exceptionally talented individual who left an executive position at Sun in 1997 to start the first of eight companies he’s been involved with since – acting as CEO of five of those companies. When asked to describe the outcomes of the companies he’s led, Mike offers a very clear report card on himself: “... Read more »
April 19, 2012, Mark Lonergan
I had breakfast last week with the CEO of a $1 billion public company. “Frank” grew the company from $150 million in only five years, driving the market capitalization (post-IPO) up by a factor of 9:1. Most investors in the Silicon Valley consider Frank to be a top Chief Executive and a real leader in the systems market — an ‘A’ technology company leader. Frank will be leaving his current... Read more »
March 14, 2012, Mark Lonergan
I recently asked an old Heidrick colleague, Ellen (a pseudonym), now working in internal staffing at a massive technology company, to describe the differences between recruiting from inside a company as opposed to recruiting as a retained executive search professional. Here are her answers: On average, it takes twice as long (190 days) to complete internal projects compared to projects sent... Read more »

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