Chasm Partners places top talent in high growth venture backed companies.
What makes Chasm different?
Focus on high growth venture backed companies
All professionals managing projects have 20+ years business operating experience
Specialization in Healthcare IT & Services, Big Data & Analytics, Enterprise Software
Tailored processes for high growth companies that enable high quality, timely results for our clients
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.
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.
We focus on building long-term relationships and link our client/candidate success to our own success.
We have a unique search process leveraging technology and data to drive transparency and collaboration.
All C-Level placements are provided with an executive coach as they start in their new role.
In addition to Executive Search, we help high growth companies build out
their organizations at all levels to get “boots on the ground”.
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 |
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 |
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 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 Scientifics |
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.
All Projects are led and managed by professionals with 20+ years of business operating experience.
Founder & Managing Partner
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 a member of Stamford Hospital’s Patient and Family Partnership Council as well as a Manager and former Commissioner of Darien Little League Baseball.
Co-Founder and Partner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 20+ years in global executive search and experience as a human resources executive for blue-chip public and not-for-profit companies
• Expertise in placing C-Level and VP-level executives in business-to-business information and professional services, financial services, strategy and innovation, consumer analytics, retail healthcare, and pharmacy benefits management industries
Susan sees the disruptive potential of the HCIT sector as critical to the development of new ways to prevent and treat disease and to drive imperative improvements in our healthcare delivery systems. As a Director of Chasm Partners, Susan is focused on delivering to our clients HCIT executives who are both strategic and operational thought leaders with proven abilities to drive VC and PE-backed growth companies to sustainable and notable levels of enterprise value.
Throughout her career in search, Susan has placed C-Suite executives who have the critical mix of bold business accomplishments, long-term vision, and laser-sharp operational focus. She is skilled in identifying and assessing candidates who possess a hunger for success, and outstanding leadership experience in emerging and rapidly transforming businesses. Her diverse experience enables her to quickly learn the dynamics and critical issues of businesses and to operate with a sense of urgency to consistently deliver an initial slate of candidates within 30 days. In addition to the United States, Susan has completed searches in Europe, South Asia, and South America.
For nine years prior to joining Chasm, Susan served as Senior Vice President of a high-end boutique executive search firm where she executed engagements for some of the world’s largest and best-known companies in industries such as Consumer (retail grocery, retail health care, pharmacy benefits management); Information, Business and Marketing Services; Professional Services; Financial Services; and Media & Entertainment.
Earlier in her search career, Susan founded Hayden Resources, an executive search firm that largely served clients in startups and industry-leading businesses in Media and Entertainment. She was one of six founding partners of The Cheyenne Group, a nationally known media, entertainment, and communications search firm.
Susan began her career in corporate Human Resources, where she held leadership positions with The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Perrier Group, Pepsi-Cola USA, and The Continental Group. A graduate of Syracuse University, Susan received a B.S. Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education and completed graduate coursework in organizational development. Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions in several human resource professional organizations, as well as Families with Children from China, and her local synagogue. In addition to her family, Susan’s passions include deep-water jogging, elliptical and treadmill workouts, strength training and mindfulness movement.
Business Manager & Special Projects
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.
Prior to joining Chasm Partners, Tracey specialized in retained search focused on venture-backed information technology companies in healthcare technology, information services and consumer products at Fairfield Partners and Ross & Company. Tracey also held various corporate recruiting roles with Booz Allen & Hamilton, Martha Stewart Living, Omnimedia, and US Interactive.
Tracey graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English. She lives in Westport, CT with two her children. Tracey enjoys spending time with her rescue dog “Buddy,” relaxing at the beach, driving her 1970 Vintage VW bug convertible, and volunteering for local organizations dedicated to the historical preservation of the town’s architecture.
• 15+ years of experience in Corporate Recruitment and Staffing.
• Expertise in professional to executive level recruitment projects in multiple industries including Healthcare, Research, and Consumer Goods.
Theresa is enthusiastic about assisting with the growth of VC backed companies in the healthcare space by aligning them with the best-in-class human capital.
At Chasm Partners, Theresa leverages her 15+ years of professional experience in both internal talent acquisition and professional search to advise clients and coach and develop candidates. Before joining Chasm, Theresa worked in Talent Acquisition at several leading corporations including, Philips, Gartner and most recently Aetna. Throughout her career, Theresa has worked closely with senior leadership to understand business needs and develop strategic recruitment plans. She has expertise in corporate functions including sales, marketing, finance, technology and analytical services.
Theresa attended Fairfield University and has also received industry certifications including, LinkedIn Professional Recruiter Certification and AIRS CIR.
Theresa lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending her time with her family, appreciating the nearby beaches, lakes and hiking trails. Theresa is also a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.
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.