Tom is a Co-Founder of Signal Partners. He is also Founder & CEO of Signal’s predecessor company, Fortis Partners, a full-stack search firm that spanned both executive and non-executive recruiting. For the last twenty years he has recruited CEOs and their direct reports for venture- and PE-backed companies nationwide, as well as Partners for firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Silver Lake Partners.
Tom has led searches for companies such as: Houzz (VP Finance; VP Global Sales; VP Industry Solutions; VP Partnerships), Wealthfront (CFO; Chief Data Science Officer), Klaviyo (Board Member; VP Customer Success; VP Design), Chegg (CEO), LifeLock (CMO), Tastemade (CFO), RuffaloNoelLevitz (CEO; Chief Digital & Technology Officer), LiveRamp (fka Acxiom Corp; Chairman; Board Member), Invoice Cloud (President), and ReCharge Payments (CFO; Head of Strategic Alliances), among others.
Earlier Tom was a Managing Director at Ramsey Beirne Associates, an early tech industry search firm that recruited CEOs for pioneers such as Netscape, Priceline, and Ebay. Notable companies he worked with include: E*Trade (CEO; CMO; CFO; CTO), Epicor (CEO), Ariba (VP Global Sales), Trilogy (CFO), and Dell Computer (SVP & GM, Enterprise Division).
He began his career in the Chicago headquarters of DHR International, a global executive search firm.
A Chicago native, Tom graduated from Dartmouth College and now lives in west Los Angeles with his wife and family. A (very late-round!) draft pick of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, he has a few fading memories of being a decent hockey player.