Continued Growth as 2017 Closes

Continued Geographic Expansion and New Partner Specialists Fuels Growth as 2017 Closes

True Search is pleased to announce that it has brought on four new partners. The additions of Rick Aronstein, Alan Cork, Jeff Leopold, and Peggy Thompson underscore True’s leadership in the executive search industry, commitment to expanding geographic reach, and focus on attracting sector specialists.

“Jeff, Rick, Alan, and Peggy are first rate partners.  Their respective experiences strengthen our capacity to serve a range of clients in various geographies, asset classes, and industry sectors. We’re excited about having their strategic counsel and deep networks benefit our clients in 2018 and beyond,” said Matt Goldstein, True Search Managing Director, North America and co-Head Financial Officers Practice.

Rick Aronstein joins the New York office focusing on C-suite and VP level searches in the Consumer and Product, Data, and Technology practices whose clients include American Express, Weight Watchers, and CarGurus. His experience includes placing C-suite executives for Consumer, Internet, eCommerce, SaaS, Digital Media and Advertising companies.  Rick previously held product leadership roles at AOL,, and Altavista Search.  He is a founding member of the Diversity Council at New York Times Company.

Alan Cork, based in Minneapolis, places CxOs for companies at the intersection of technology and food, travel, and hospitality.  He is a member of True’s Consumer Practice which has placed CxOs at Drunk Elephant, Jet, Trip Advisor, and many others.  Alan’s home base in the Midwest and his unique focus mark promising new points of entry for the firm.  Alan has 10 years of executive search experience at Heidrick & Struggles and Russell Reynolds where he led a practice and headed a local office.  He formerly held business leader roles in consumer products, P&G, Heinz, General Mills, as well as marketing leadership roles at American Express and OPUS, a leading real estate developer.

Jeff Leopold, who specializes in CxO searches for private equity-backed tech companies, joins True’s PE/Growth practice, which includes clients such as GitHub, Dynatrace, and Billtrust. Jeff’s focus includes enterprise software and tech-enabled services providers, including Healthcare IT companies, at which he places board directors, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other direct reports to the CEO. Jeff previously held leadership positions at The Lancer Group, Cook Associates and CTPartners. Prior to his career in executive search, Jeff was a Partner at a venture capital firm where he worked on deal sourcing and investing in early-stage enterprise technology and consumer internet companies.

Peggy Thompson, who focuses on board and CEO searches, establishes the firm’s new presence in Texas.  Her 20 years’ experience in the southwest region adds a new dimension to the firm’s ability to serve diverse markets.  The CEO/BOD practice counts Fuze, Adaptive Insights, and Dude Solutions among their clients. Peggy places Board Members, CEOs, and VPs focused on infrastructure/security, SaaS, big data, financial tech, AI, healthcare IT, and HCM. Before joining True, Peggy founded and led a successful national boutique retained executive search firm.  She and her teams have worked with tech’s leading investors, boards, and operating executives from across the country to build some of tech’s most successful companies.