Chasm Partners places top talent in high growth venture backed companies.

What makes Chasm different?

High Growth Ventures

Focus on high growth venture backed companies

20+ Rule

All professionals managing projects have 20+ years business operating experience

Focused Specialization

Specialization in Healthcare IT & Services, Big Data & Analytics, Enterprise Software

Tailored Process

Tailored processes for high growth companies that enable high quality, timely results for our clients

Services

RETAINED EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Chasm Partners leverages deep business experience (20+ Rule) and tacit knowledge enabling better judgment that leads to high quality and timely outcomes for our clients and candidates.

  • Executive Levels of Leadership – Board of Directors, C-Suite and Vice President positions
  • Functions – Our previous business experience allows us to work across all core commercial and technology functions including General Management, Operations, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Client Success, Technology and Analytics

We do things differently at Chasm Partners. We leverage the 20+ Rule — all Chasm professionals leading and managing projects must have 20+ years business experience.

At-Risk Accountability

We focus on building long-term relationships and link our client/candidate success to our own success.

  • We place a percentage of our own search fee “At-Risk” and link our search fee payout to the longer term successful employment of our placements
  • As active investors, Chasm Partners often takes an equity position in our clients, reinforcing again that we have a vested interest in their long-term success

Process

We have a unique search process leveraging technology and data to drive transparency and collaboration. 

  • Rapid 12 week “Surge” process tailored to VC/Private Equity clients facing time pressure
  • Integration of quantitative personality assessments in evaluation process
  • 24/7 online client access to candidate pipeline and project dashboard information

Executive Coaching

All C-Level placements are provided with an executive coach as they start in their new role.

  • At no cost to our client or candidate, the coach helps our placements develop a 90 day plan and address challenges typical of a new transition
  • Our coaches “De-risk” a placement experience for everyone involved

Organizational Build-out

In addition to Executive Search, we help high growth companies build out
their organizations at all levels to get “boots on the ground”.

  • With our resources, network and expertise, Chasm Partners manages the complete talent acquisition lifecyle for high growth companies
  • We provide dedicated resources as an extension of your current human resources team for recruiting at all levels

Organizational Development

We partner with investors, Boards and CEOs in helping develop high performing organizations and effective leadership.

  • We provide behavioral and cognitive personality assessments utilizing best-in-class analytic tools and one-on-one interviews to identify capability gaps and leadership development plans
  • Our executive coaches leverage deep business operating experience combined with certified coaching credentials to assist individuals and groups in becoming more effective as leaders
  • Chasm Partners provides ad-hoc and ongoing HR expertise as needed such as organizational design and compensation planning as well as talent acquisition and retention planning
  • For investors, we perform due diligence of existing leadership teams and their organization’s future talent needs to achieve the investor growth expectations

US & International Business Development

Chasm Partners leverages a broad US and International network to assist clients seeking to find new partnerships, customers or investors. 

We focus on expansion of US based companies into foreign markets (mainly China and Western Europe) and conversely help international companies enter the US market.

  • The expertise and deep network of Chasm Partners allowed us to identify our new CEO candidate in less than 4 weeks. Chasm’s rapid candidate identification process generated an impressive list of highly experience candidates of proven CEOs. We originally hired a search firm, but have actually discovered a Partner to help us grow our business.

    Remedy Partners Steve Wiggins, Chairman | Remedy Partners
  • Besides finding “A Players” for our expanding team, Chasm leverages their operating experience to advise Propeller Health well beyond the confines of executive search. Clients and candidates who have worked with Chasm know that this is not a typical executive search firm. They represent much more to us as we keep expanding.

    Propeller Health David Van Sickle, Co-Founder and CEO | Propeller Health
  • Chasm has placed multiple roles for Rethink as we have grown through the years, from Board Director to sales and account management roles. Their deep knowledge of our space and vast network, has made them the “go-to” partner for human capital needs regardless of level or function.

    Rethink Daniel Etra, CEO | Rethink First
  • "We chose to partner with Chasm Partners for its deep operating expertise, commitment, accountability and partnership — characteristics that we seek in our own talent recruitment and key hires. Chasm has been consistent in its executive search, coaching and organizational design. They are a true strategic partner to Safeguard and to many of the companies in our portfolio."

    Safeguard Gary Kurtzman, Managing Director | Safeguard Scientifics

About

How we do it

Chasm Partners leverages  a proprietary combination of technology and analytics that enables a more transparent and interactive process proven to deliver higher quality and timely results.

To achieve transparency and more efficient information sharing, our clients have 24/7 online access to our candidate pipeline & dashboard information.

We integrate personality assessment analytic tools into our candidate evaluation process to provide a more complete profile of their potential.

24/7 online access to our candidate pipeline & dashboard information

Select Clients

Chasm Partners works with some of the best companies in Healthcare IT & Services, Big Data & Analytics, and Enterprise Software. These are just a few of our clients. 

Team

All Projects are led and managed by professionals with 20+ years of business operating experience.

Matt Dumas Matt Dumas Founder & Managing Partner

Matt Dumas

Founder & Managing Partner

Matt Dumas

Summary

  • 20+ years operating experience in new ventures and turnarounds
  • Expertise in healthcare technology, analytics and interactive media

Matt sees substantial opportunities for disruption in the healthcare ecosystem.  He is focused on applying best practices and talent capital management to help investors scale businesses in the healthcare technology and services space.  As Managing Partner of Chasm, Matt is focused on driving HCIT enterprise value growth through innovative talent capital models working as “partners” with venture capital and private equity investors and their portfolio companies.  

Matt brings over 20+ years of experience as a business leader in both large and small companies, where he led the qualification, launch and commercial expansion plans of 19 B2B and B2C business ventures across 14 countries.

Before serving as a Partner at Oxeon Partners, Matt was a change agent as SVP and Head of Marketing (CMO) for WebMD consumer businesses such as the company’s website, magazine and mobile assets.  Prior to WebMD, Matt was Founder & Managing Director of Nielsen Health (formerly a start-up business unit of The Nielsen Company) and subsequently President & CEO of Deutsche Ventures, where he conceived and commercialized first ever data integration methods and analytic solutions that help healthcare marketers, payers and providers optimize their patient communication campaigns in a HIPAA regulated data environment.   

In this endeavor, he founded Ecosys Consumer Analytics, a healthcare patient targeting and marketing ROI analytics platform that eventually merged with Crossix Solutions.  Earlier in his career, Matt spent 8 out of his 10 years at Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and Geneva developing and leading commercial expansion plans for several global packaged goods and consumer health brands.  Matt started his career in the group employee benefits space at Unum. 

Matt graduated from Colby College where he started two businesses, one of which he sold before graduating and received an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is an investor and board member of various privately held ventures in the healthcare technology space. Matt is actively involved in the community where he is an active member of Trout Unlimited, as well as a Manager and former Commissioner of Darien Little League Baseball.

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Kristy Lindquist Kristy Lindquist Co-Founder and Partner

Kristy Lindquist

Co-Founder and Partner

Kristy Lindquist

Summary

  • 20+ years experience in turnarounds –  operations, marketing and sales
  • Expertise in leadership, organizational development and delivering P&L results

Kristy found her niche as a global turnaround specialist in organizational development and operations. She has been a proven catalyst for change while leveraging the right people and leaders to achieve breakthrough results. After 25 years helping international companies in pharma and consumer products grow through challenging circumstances, she sees significant opportunity in helping healthcare technology & services companies scale by applying these experiences. 

As an international business leader throughout her career, Kristy evolved as an accomplished leader and management consultant following 8 years at Procter & Gamble.  While at P&G, Kristy managed the P/L and growth strategies of several global brands in Western Europe and South East Asia, with particular focus on consumer health.  While at P&G, she led her organization successfully through the Thai currency crisis. Subsequently, Kristy took on several leadership roles as Chief Operating Officer of Axicorp Pharma and Chief Purchasing Officer of ACA Mueller, both of which were privately held European pharmaceutical distribution companies based in Germany.  In these roles, Kristy led significant restructuring and turnaround efforts during the German health care reform and following new private equity funding, leading to record profits.  Kristy also took on several projects in consulting and training for international clients, advising them on disruptive strategies to achieve growth.  Some of those clients include BRITA GmbH, Tivall Europe, AC Nielsen, Aventis Pharma, Amneal Pharma, and Constantia Flexibles. 

Kristy graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and received her Master of International Management from Thunderbird Global School of Management.  She is fluent in German and enjoys globetrotting with her husband and two tri-lingual teenagers. She is active in the outdoors, especially since moving to Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is committed to making the community a better place and is a member on the Road Home Homeless shelter services committee.

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David Woodward David Woodward Director

David Woodward

Director

David Woodward

Summary

  •  20+ years in executive search, client management, and business development roles
  • Expertise in placing C-suite and VP level executives across multiple functions in healthcare technology and services

David believes that in order for healthcare to transform from fee-for-service to value-based care, the Healthcare Information Technology industry will continue to face disruption and require “best in class” human capital to provide a competitive advantage. His view is that top talent in key functional areas like sales, marketing, operations, finance, and engineering will be necessary for venture backed companies in this space to not only win the sprint but keep pace in the marathon.

At Chasm Partners, David leverages his 20+ years of experience as an executive search professional in advising clients, and coaching candidates. He specializes in recruiting commercial oriented executives for early and later stage high growth clients, leveraging his experience from a broad range of client sectors including private equity, venture capital, healthcare, technology and consumer products.

Prior to joining Chasm Partners, David specialized in retained search focused venture backed healthcare technology companies at Ross & Company. Earlier in his career, he served in several senior recruiting roles at Lindsey & Company and O’Keefe & Partners, where he specialized in the recruitment of senior marketing, sales and general management executives. He brings experience having worked directly with senior leaders at clients ranging from high-growth startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Visa, Domino’s Pizza, and Victorinox Swiss Army, while also partnering with Private Equity and Venture Capital clients including Summit Partners, General Catalyst, Hellman & Friedman, Frontier Capital, Harvest Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Northbridge Venture Partners, and Venrock, among others.

David graduated from Babson College with a BS in Management and was a two-time All-American in Ice Hockey. He is an active investor and a Limited Partner in a number of funds focused on healthcare technology and services. He lives in Fairfield with his wife and two children and enjoys ice hockey, boating, fishing, golfing and hitting the beach. He is an active member in the Catholic Club, Roxbury Club, and Fayerweather Yacht club. He still enjoys playing hockey in a men’s league and maintains his Level 4 coaching certification.

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Gavin Pommernelle Gavin Pommernelle Director

Gavin Pommernelle

Director

Gavin Pommernelle

Gavin is a member of the Chasm Partners leadership team actively managing C-Level searches and leading certain aspects of Chasm’s Talent Management Advisory Services, while also serving as CEO of Talent Driven Value.

Summary

  • 20+ years experience leading global human resource teams
  • Expertise in recruiting, leadership development and organizational effectiveness 

Gavin understands how leadership and organizational development are critical to scaling high performing organizations and a key enabler to existing teams facing the challenges associated with commercial growth.

Gavin has over 20 years of experience delivering commercially impactful talent solutions in multiple business sectors worldwide. In addition to his extensive Human Resources background, he also has other operating experience across a variety of business areas including Quality Assurance Management, Sales Management, P&L management and organizational mergers.  He coaches executives and leadership teams, designs and implements talent management plans, solutions and related communications approaches. The goal is to achieve lasting impact through these solutions for businesses.

He is able to articulate key business insights that are relevant to each client’s specific needs by using effective diagnostic tools, frameworks and conversations.

Prior to joining Chasm Partners and founding Talent Drive Value,  Gavin was the Global HR Director for Synovate, a global billion dollar professional services firm that was eventually acquired by Ipsos.  Gavin was the key enabler and driver for an organization-wide restructuring of Synovate, covering leadership, teams, communication and organization design that led to the business outperforming its peers. Gavin joined Synovate following 9 years leading HR worldwide at Pentland brands representing 2,500 employees for this privately held sports and leisurewear business based in London.  Prior to Pentland, Gavin held a of HR and QA positions at Clariant, a global specialty chemicals company based in Switzerland.  

Gavin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Natal, South Africa followed by an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.  He has accreditation in psychometrics from the British Psychological Society and as an ICF Coach.  He is on the Board of Directors for VolunteerSquare.com.

 

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SUZANNE CHIARAMONTE SUZANNE CHIARAMONTE Director

SUZANNE CHIARAMONTE

Director

SUZANNE CHIARAMONTE

Summary

  • 20+ years in analytics and management consulting working with the world’s top consumer health, lifesciences and medical device companies
  • Expertise in patient, provider and payor dynamics impacting outcomes

One year into her 11-year tenure at Nielsen, Suzanne was hand-selected to join a group tasked with building capabilities to predict pharmaceutical sales for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. From that juncture on, her aptitude and passion for healthcare analytics quickly established her as an expert in the rapidly growing and ever-changing life sciences, medical device, and consumer health sector.  

Suzanne brings over 20 years of experience as a healthcare and international business advisor. While at Nielsen, she served as Director of both the Pharmaceutical Practice at BASES (the gold standard in forecasting and launch management for new Pharmaceutical brands) and the Nielsen Health (healthcare big data analytics) business units, generating new business and servicing clients such as Abbott, Alcon, Boehringer-Ingelheim, GSK, Janssen, LifeScan, Merck, Novartis, Otsuka, Perrigo, Pfizer, and Reckitt Benckiser, among others. In these roles, she developed and implemented cutting-edge analytics to offer unique, data-driven, actionable solutions and business recommendations to client portfolio management challenges. She has proven expertise in patient engagement, adherence, provider acceptance, and payor dynamics.

Suzanne’s therapeutic experience spans acute, chronic, and lifestyle conditions, including allergy, asthma/COPD, dermatological, diabetes, gastrointestinal, HIV/AIDS, neurological, pain management, and psychotherapeutics as well as medical devices. Before joining Chasm Partners, Suzanne ran her own consulting practice for 5 years, advising healthcare and technology companies on patient/consumer and provider insights impacting outcomes and well-being.

 Suzanne graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Economics & French, and subsequently earned an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Rutgers University. She lives Southwestern CT with her husband and two sons, and keeps active by volunteering with the PTA, serving on the board of a local education foundation, and coaching Little League. A health-conscious technologist herself, Suzanne can often be found tracking her duration, distance, and speed as she runs her way through scenic New England.

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VALERIE DANIELS VALERIE DANIELS Director

VALERIE DANIELS

Director

VALERIE DANIELS

Summary

  • 20+ years in executive search, client service and marketing leadership roles
  • Expertise in placing C-suite and VP-level executives across multiple functions in technology and consumer engagement related sectors

 Valerie believes that the transformation of healthcare and other industries facing similar disruption requires the continued advancement of talent particularly in mission critical functions like marketing, sales and client service to achieve commercial expansion and consumer/customer adoption for new technologies.  She views her expertise in this area as a way to meaningfully advance such a transformation through executive search.

 At Chasm Partners, Valerie leverages her 20+ years’ experience as both an experienced operator and executive search professional in advising clients and coaching candidates.   She specializes in recruiting commercial oriented executives for early and later stage high growth clients leveraging her experience from a broad range of industries including healthcare, media, advertising, marketing services, technology and consumer products.  

 Prior to joining Chasm Partners, Valerie was a Partner at two boutique recruitment consulting firms, counseling venture backed and public companies  on how to align talent with business objectives, assess existing leadership teams, manage recruiting needs and approach succession planning.  Her expertise in human capital was further refined serving as the Director of Human Resources for ClubMom, one of the first social media communities on the internet.   In this role she owned responsibility for human capital and was responsible for recruitment and talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, employee engagement, workforce planning, leadership development, compensation and benefits.  

Previously, Valerie oversaw customer marketing programs for Consumer and Financial Services clients at Affinion, developing new channel marketing strategies.  Early in her career she held key Client Partner positions in Media and Sports.   At the United States Tennis Association she was in a brand management and client services role for the US Open Tennis Championships and at MTV Networks, she was a member of the production team on the first “Choose OR Lose” presidential campaign special and many other innovative series programs and live music specials. 

Valerie received an undergraduate degree from Boston College in Human Development and Counseling. 

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Monique Kamosi Monique Kamosi Business Manager & Special Projects

Monique Kamosi

Business Manager & Special Projects

Monique Kamosi

After a series of adventures taking her from Branson, Missouri to Provo, Utah, then from Boston to San Francisco, Monique settled in Salt Lake City. She worked as Assistant to the CFO at Arco Packaging where she managed HR processes and internal recruiting. She then took on a Project Manager role where she had the opportunity to manage client relationships and the design and creation of custom cosmetics packaging & training materials for Sephora and other clients.

Prior to joining Chasm Partners, Monique was the Human Resources & Investor Relations Manager for Sundance Bay, a Salt Lake City-based private equity fund specializing in multifamily real estate. Here she established HR processes, managed internal recruiting, and oversaw all other HR functions for 60+ employees across 7 states. She also assisted with quarterly reporting, distribution preparation, and investor communications.

Monique graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English and performed with the Cougar Marching, Pep, and University Bands all four years of college. She currently sings alto with the Mountain West Chorale and serves on the board of the Wasatch Dart Association. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Her two active sons keep her busy and spends her precious free time hiking, golfing, reading, and seeking out the best local bands.

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LAURA DENNIS LAURA DENNIS Executive Admin

LAURA DENNIS

Executive Admin

LAURA DENNIS

Laura is a former ballet dancer with nearly a decade at top schools based in San Francisco, Boston, the Midwest, and New York City. Her artistic career included instruction and coaching, performances at the world’s largest international ballet competition, and work as a Principal Guest Artist in New York.

After injury sidelined her performing career, she transitioned into administration for the non-profit sector. Working at Chasm Partners is the ultimate intersection of her interests: advocating for the value-based healthcare that enabled her successful recovery, and the opportunity to support growth of technology designed for people. When away from the office, she can be found buried in a good book or at work on her next creative project.

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