Focus Search Partners Promotes Teresa Hansen to Managing Director in Raleigh-Durham, NC

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 28, 2022 — Focus Search Partners, Vaco’s retained search division, has promoted Teresa Hansen to managing director in its Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina office as the firm grows in the Triangle, the state and the country.

Hansen, who joined Focus Search Partners in 2016, has more than 20 years of retained search and recruiting experience and brings diverse executive search expertise to her new role, as she has worked in both corporate and agency settings across numerous industries. Hansen will continue to assist in the firm’s organic growth strategy and commitment to retaining world-class talent that grows companies and boosts the success of the firm’s clients.

“Teresa’s fingerprints are all over our business, and we are excited about her vision for driving our future success in the marketplace,” said Paul Frankenberg, founder and managing partner of Focus Search Partners. “Teresa loves her work, is committed to her team and cares deeply about her clients and her candidates. She is always willing to help mentor and guide new team members. We’re fortunate and proud to have Teresa on our team and thrilled to watch her evolve in this new role.”

Hansen’s entire career, both prior to and since joining Focus Search Partners, has been in the execution of vice president and above executive-level searches in multiple industries, including biotech, biopharma, clinical trials, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology.

“There are literally hundreds of companies and thousands of candidates who have come to know and love Teresa over these last 20+ years of local executive search and the last six with us,” said Christiaan Heijmen, managing partner of Focus Search Partners’ Raleigh office. “Her transition, therefore, from principal to partner, will be seamless and her impact immediate. Look out, Triangle, her she comes!”
“I am honored and excited to be part of growing our retained search practice in the Raleigh-Durham area and beyond,” Hansen said. “Our clients and candidates make our relationships and work so rewarding; Christiaan, myself, and the entire FSP team look forward to expanding our partnerships and continuing to serve our clients to the best of our ability. I am humbled to continue this great work.”

Hansen received a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Michigan University.

About Focus Search Partners

Founded in 2001, Focus Search Partners was acquired by Vaco in 2014 to become the retained executive search division of Vaco, a $950 million consulting and strategic solutions firm. With 45+ employees and 16 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 delivers critical talent solutions to our clients by providing consulting, project resources, executive search, direct hire and strategic staffing solutions with expertise in accounting and finance, technology and operations. In addition to Vaco, our family of brands includes MorganFranklin Consulting, a methodology-driven global consulting platform; Pivot Point Consulting, a best in KLAS healthcare IT solutions provider; and Focus Search Partners, a retained executive search practice. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 12,000 clients across the globe with 10,000 employees. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 15 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018-2021 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.


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