Steve Finder, Managing Director
Steve serves as Managing Director, Global Technology and Private Equity Practices with FOCUS Search Partners. Steve focuses his practice on finding professionals across the technology spectrum to include; space/frontier technology, industrial, health-tech and enterprise software sectors. He is functionally focused on information technology (CIO/CTO and IT leaders), chief executives, financial officers, general managers, engineering leaders, sales, marketing, human resources and operations executives as well as board directors for clients that include venture capital and private equity–backed portfolio companies as well as publicly held organizations. Steve is often retained by both private and publicly held companies, where in addition to leading successful search engagements, he works closely with the CEO’s on human capital planning and overall strategy for clients. The strategy engagements include planning for company acquisition integration, succession planning and corporate culture driving productivity among other areas.
As an executive search partner, Steve has successfully led more than 300 executive search engagements during the course of his career, and as a result, he has become a trusted advisor to senior executives and key decision-makers. As a corporate executive, he led global HR and cross-functional teams, oversaw large merger integration between companies and was a member of an Executive Leadership Board for a 20,000-person company (Wachovia Securities) overseeing all operating functions. Steve has had the great fortune of learning from some of the most talented executives in the world.
Throughout his career, Steve worked in-house in various leadership roles at companies such as Apple in their headquarters in Cupertino, California, where he led a team as well as numerous senior-level searches as well as SpaceX where he led the talent acquisition. Earlier, he co-founded an executive search firm in partnership with a venture capital firm with offices in the Bay Area and Boston, focused on technology start-ups. Additionally, Steve served as Associate Director in the Silicon Valley office of Heidrick & Struggles, where he led a team of 30 associates.
Steve holds a B.S. in Communication, with special focus on organizational communication, from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He currently shares time in Southern California as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area with his twin children and two dogs that the family rescued. The Finder family has been involved with rescuing dogs and finding them fantastic new homes for the past 15 years.