Dotty Schaffer

Dot­ty is rec­og­nized as one of Sil­i­con Valley’s lead­ing recruiters and is the dri­ving force behind Lon­er­gan Part­ners’ best work in help­ing to appoint new pub­lic com­pa­ny board direc­tors. She is dis­tin­guished in her field by her long his­to­ry of recruit­ing for senior gen­er­al man­age­ment roles in semi­con­duc­tors, elec­tron­ics, and networking.

Read Dot­ty’s lat­est blog here SV150 Board Diver­si­ty Update

Limelight Networks
Model N

In her more than twen­ty years as an exec­u­tive recruiter, she has built out the exec­u­tive teams at large pub­lic com­pa­nies such as: Google, Ram­bus, Imper­va, Ruckus, NXP, GLOB­AL­FOUNDRIES, Sig­ma Designs, PDF Solu­tions, JDSU, and Xilinx. 

Today, Dot­ty leads the Lon­er­gan Part­ners Board prac­tice, and has per­son­al­ly assist­ed the boards at such pub­lic com­pa­nies as Xil­inx, Coher­ent, Mod­el N, Lime­light Net­works, Extreme Net­works, Aero­hive and many oth­ers, con­duct suc­cess­ful search projects to add expe­ri­ence, depth and diver­si­ty to their boards.

"My clients are making a difference in the world and through my partnership with them, so am I. I love that my efforts can have so much impact."

Dotty’s laser-like focus on her clients’ results has enabled her to devel­op many loy­al clients who work with her on a long-term basis. She has a sixth-sense for mak­ing the per­fect place­ment to round out a team, with the posi­tion-per­fect exec­u­tive who will enhance the chem­istry of the group.

Background & Education

Before join­ing Lon­er­gan Part­ners in 2003, Dot­ty was a Con­sul­tant at Hei­drick & Strug­gles, focused on tech­nol­o­gy mar­kets. Pri­or, Dot­ty was a Part­ner with Hall Kin­ion in San Fran­cis­co. She is an intre­pid trav­el­er and has many years of expe­ri­ence in the world of the arts. Dot­ty has a BA degree from Bowl­ing Green State University.

Board Director Placement Testimonial

Patricia Parra Hadden Portrait

Working with Lonergan Partners during the board recruitment process was a breath of fresh air. Being a Latina woman, I was concerned that the client firm was just looking to check a box, but Lonergan Partners helped clarify why my skillset and experience were a match, regardless of my gender and ethnicity. Now that I’ve been a board member for over six months, I know that Lonergan Partners did an excellent job matching me to the right board, and I can see that I have a great opportunity to impact the future of the company – something Lonergan Partners was able to identify months before.

Patricia Parra Hadden, Board Director Placement, Limelight Networks

Dotty Schaffer

Partner, Lonergan Partners

Specialty: Public Company Boards


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Dotty Schaffer Portrait