About

About Focus Search Partners

Founded in 2001 by Paul Frankenberg, Focus Search Partners was acquired in 2014 to become the retained executive search entity of Vaco, a private equity-backed consulting and strategic solutions firm with more than 30 offices across the nation and beyond. 

With revenues approaching $750 million, Vaco has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the last ten years. As a Vaco company, Focus Search Partners is the only private equity-backed retained executive search firm in the country.

FSP acquired San Francisco-based Charlson Partners in March 2016 and in June of 2017, acquired Dallas-based Taylor Winfield Executive Search, doubling its size. Today, the firm has a broad national footprint with five offices, and as a member of Penrhyn International delivers global talent management solutions.

Focus Search Partners is Founded by Paul Frankenberg

Focus Search Partners is Founded by Paul Frankenberg

2001

2014

Merged with Vaco, a $300M consulting and strategic solutions firm with more than 30 office locations across the nation

Merged with Vaco, a $300M consulting and strategic solutions firm with more than 30 office locations across the nation

Vaco receives backing from private equity firm, allowing for further growth and expansion into new markets

Vaco receives backing from private equity firm, allowing for further growth and expansion into new markets

2014

2016

Focus Search Partners acquires San Francisco-based technology search firm, Charlson Partners

Focus Search Partners acquires San Francisco-based technology search firm, Charlson Partners

Focus Search Partners acquires Dallas-based Taylor Winfield Executive Search; doubles size

Focus Search Partners acquires Dallas-based Taylor Winfield Executive Search; doubles size

2017

2017

Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Partners acquires Vaco

Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Partners acquires Vaco

Focus Search Partners was built on deep relationships with investors, influential boards, networks, and a talent base affiliated with our core industries. Through both organic and acquired growth, FSP has one of the strongest executive search teams in the industry, bringing together years of recruiting and operating experience, proven success in core industries and expertise across all functional disciplines.

We have worked with thousands of clients across a diverse set of industries.