Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company, Proudly Announces Heather Johnson joining as a Managing Director in the Healthcare Practice

NASHVILLE, TN – Focus Search Partners, A Vaco Company, today announced that Heather Johnson has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Heather is joining to further expand Focus Search Partners’ retained search practice.  Heather is based in Dallas, TX.

Paul Frankenberg, Founder and Managing Partner of Focus Search Partners commented, “It’s really an interesting time for Heather to join FSP as she has depth of experience in retained search while tenured experience in the interim executive services sector.  Functionally, Heather has more than a decade of experience conducting successful retained searches for Board, C-Suite, and senior executive roles.  She’s completed more than 120 CFO searches.  Heather will immediately align in how we Build Teams That Grow Companies.  She brings experience similar to both the service offerings of Focus Search Partners and also the specialty practices under the Vaco family of brands.  We are excited to welcome Heather to our Team.”

Coming from an extended family of doctors, Heather brings a unique perspective to her healthcare search work.  Her unique and in-depth understanding of the challenges healthcare businesses face leaves her well-positioned to cater to her client’s needs.  Much of Heather’s healthcare experience has been focused on healthcare services and behavioral health businesses.

Heather had a diversified background before her executive search tenure; she spent sixteen years in management consulting for two well-known consulting firms in national leadership roles. Her management consulting background gives her insights to optimize business operations and a keen understanding of value creation. Heather can triage the business’ hiring needs and attract and recruit the right-fit executive leaders to impact business KPI’s.

Most recently, Heather was a key member of a successful Healthcare practice for a national recruiting firm. Her broad executive search experience included lower and middle-market PE-backed businesses in industrial, consumer, and healthcare services. Heather is certified in DISC, which she incorporates into the selection process.

Recruiting Heather to join the Focus Search Team supports our Firm’s strategy to attract exceptional talent to build teams that grow companies, both within Focus Search Partners as well as for our clients.

About Focus Search Partners, a Vaco Company

Founded in 2001, Focus Search Partners was acquired by Vaco in 2014 to become the retained executive search division of Vaco, a $750M consulting and strategic solutions firm. With 35+ team members and 13 partners across nine states, Focus Search Partners specializes in building teams to grow companies, focusing on recruiting board members, executives, and senior-level individuals.  For more information, visit

About Vaco

Vaco provides boutique-level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement, and strategic staffing. Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing, and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates, and consultants for the duration of theirs. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants, and $750M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 14 years and was recently named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. To learn more, visit