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Valerie Frederickson & Company 

A Letter from Valerie

Dear Friends:

With a historic 10 VPHR searches underway, the phone ringing non-stop, a robust consulting practice, our #3 employee on maternity leave, three new university grads starting this week, and twin toddlers at home, the traditional newsletter letter from Valerie has temporarily become a wave and a smile. If you miss me, please check out our new website at and you can reread your favorite editions of the newsletter from previous years, including when that really dumb CEO asked me if it was OK if he only hired good looking, fit people. Anyone remember my one-word answer?

Please check out our current searches and forward them to anyone who might be looking. You'll see that the searches are spread across all four corners of the US. If you happen to be in San Francisco next week, please come visit us at the HR Star San Francisco conference. We're hosting a luncheon for 200 and will be doing a presentation there on "HR's Greatest Impact At Every Stage of the Corporate Lifecycle." Without having to review Adizes' great work, I can tell you that we, along with most of our clients, are in the Go-Go stage.

Have a great summer,

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Current Executive Searches

HR Executive Searches

Featured Executive Search

World's fastest-growing company dedicated to revolutionizing local ecommerce and supporting small businesses and communities needs a sophisticated leader to build their global technical talent acquisition function. Partner with an exceptionally inspiring and passionate leadership team on all global talent initiatives including strategic M&A, developing programs to support top-tier engineering and product management pipelines, robust university recruitment programs, and best-in-class global employment branding. Be customer-oriented, highly analytical and metrics-driven, and not afraid to think outside the box and stand up for your beliefs. You'll have a team including 3-4 Directors and their reports. Report to a visionary SVPHR who has successfully grown four start-ups and led HR at world-class organizations. A sense of humor and an entrepreneurial mindset is key. Submit Your Profile

200 employee, 80-year old, fast-paced, historic public safety company now in a turn-around mode after going private with Francisco Partners seeks hands-on VPHR to lead organizational design and development, talent acquisition, performance management and total rewards. The ideal candidate will take a strategic approach to the change management and employee communications needed to lead the company to the next level. The role will report into a sophisticated and transparent CEO with an engineering background who likes metrics, results, and direct action. Submit Your Profile

Fastest growing Software As A Service company in history and one of the Best Places To Work companies is scheduled for an IPO needs a driven, kind, ethical, fast moving first head of HR. Partner with the highly successful and experienced executive team and Who's Who Board of Directors on global expansion, public company compliance, build out HR, learning and development, employee acquisition and management, and total rewards. CEO really values treating his employees well. Please live a short commute to downtown SF. Submit Your Profile

Extremely well-respected and well-run technology product and solutions company serving military and defense clientele through major contracts seeks their first strategic Head of HR. In this pivotal role, partner with the executive team and business leaders to define and design HR's role and strategic impact as the organization continues to thrive. The company has approximately 1,300 employees, multiple locations, and a significant HR staff. The values-based management team is well known for their philanthropic efforts. Submit Your Profile

Long standing, best-in-class agri-products company needs a strategic yet hands-on Head of Human Resources to lead talent acquisition and management, leadership development, and workforce planning from their beachfront headquarters. The person in this role will be a change management and organizational design expert utilizing a project management approach. The ideal candidate is a sophisticated and influential HR leader with strong business acumen and experience in a line role who would enjoy working closely with a small, brilliant executive team. Submit Your Profile

Creative, global Internet brand and revenue management company needs a strategic yet hands-on HR leader to partner with executives on developing and managing the human resources function. This person will be an expert in developing and implementing cutting-edge talent management, total rewards and training and development programs. This person takes a pragmatic, get-things-done approach, has experience in both public and private tech companies, is expert at organizational design, and has opened international offices around the globe. Submit Your Profile

Leading financial software company in the midst of doubling their headcount needs a Head of HR to lead strategic vision for the Americas. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded generalist background and experience in compensation and benefits and mergers and acquisitions. This Head of HR will partner closely with the General Manager of the Americas and should have an extensive knowledge of and networking contacts within the East Coast high tech community. Potential to grow into the global chief human resources officer. Submit Your Profile

Mid-size, publicly-held enterprise software company in a hot space seeks extremely bright, fast, and well-prepared VPHR to partner with the executive team in a high growth business already of a substantial size. HR team is well built already but this role can take an additional focus on organizational design. Report to a CEO who "gets" HR. Submit Your Profile

Publicly-held, highly sophisticated chip company, a global leader in their space enjoying a very good market, requires a SVPHR to lead the function globally and support extreme growth. Partner with the CEO and rest of the executive team and Board of Directors to improve and drive results through HR programs and services. Lead a global team of high performers in every HR function including talent acquisition, total rewards, learning and development, and HR business partners. Submit Your Profile

Rapidly growing, pre-IPO data analytics company with over 350 employees worldwide needs a Human Resources Senior Director (grow to VPHR) to build HR programs from the ground up and partner with the executive team on designing and implementing talent acquisition strategies. This person will be extremely hands-on with the ability to take a big picture approach on all people-related issues. Exposure to small, high growth organizations in the tech industry is required, along with recent experience opening international offices. Submit Your Profile

Internal VF&Co Searches

HR Contract Opportunities

We are looking for strong HR generalists and BP's who have prior start-up experience (or are just super tech savvy) to provide interim and consulting help to the portfolio companies of our VC clients. Submit Your Profile

Contract assignment cleaning up recruiting and setting up better processes for major pharmaceutical firm. Submit Your Profile

We are looking for consultants who are super strategic but can also roll up their sleeves and dive in, respond quickly and concisely to client inquiries, think proactively, know when to push back, and are all-around authoritative yet super easy to work with. Submit Your Profile

As companies look to expand their leadership development initiatives, we are adding to our internal executive coaching team. Prior experience working with multi-cultural teams a plus! Submit Your Profile

With the world economy picking up, many companies are looking to expand into new markets, particularly in Asia and South America. And, thus, we are looking for executives who have prior experience working in and who are interested in consulting to companies who are building their presence in these locations. Submit Your Profile

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HR Consultant & Contractor's Corner

Our hottest global HR contracting and consulting assignments include:

  • Interim VPHR for exciting leader in direct-selling, high-end, anti-aging skincare
  • Interim HR Leader for a very-hot online sports website
  • Complete revamp of the talent acquisition function for one of the fastest-growing financial services companies in the U.S.
  • Complete review of compensation programs for multiple hot post-IPO tech companies, including benchmarking and redesigning of short and long-term incentive plans (multiple)
  • HR integration support to a medical devices company that increased headcount by 50% via a recent acquisition
  • Upgrading the HR function for a private, billion-dollar EMEA company planning a headquarter shift to the United States
  • Working an executive team through a strategic planning process which will end with a major shift in market and a physical move
  • Providing Venture Capital and Private Equity firms with on-demand HR and compensation consulting for their portfolio companies
  • Executive leadership mentoring and "on call" support for HR managers at multiple start-up companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley
  • Customized outplacement projects for several companies in the midst of restructuring or integrating acquisitions to include planning, take-out notifications, coaching, job development, and interview and resume preparation
  • Maternity leave HRM assignments too numerous to count due to what appears to be an HR baby boom

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HR Events

GOHR Star Conference San Francisco
July 18, 2012 – South San Francisco, California, United States

GOHR Summit 2012: Management of New Generation Employees
August 18, 2012 – Rohtak, Haryana, India

GOHR Florida Conference & Exposition
August 27-29, 2012 - Orlando, Florida, United States

GO15th Annual Asian Shared Services & Outsourcing Week
September 4-6, 2012 – Singapore

GOEuropean HR Directors' Summit
September 18-19, 2012 – Stockholm, Sweden

GOHR Southwest Conference
October 14-17, 2012 – Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Spotlight on...

HR Star Conference San Francisco 2012

Two chances to meet the team and network with other HR executives in one day: VIP Invitation-only luncheon for 200 featuring Valerie moderating a panel of HR experts discussing "Rivers of Gold: How To Prioritize HR Spending When You've Very Well Funded." And, in the afternoon, attend Valerie's workshop on "HR's Greatest Impact At Every Stage of the Corporate Lifecycle." Email Louise Rother at for an invite.

2012 Northern California Wellness Survey

Corporate wellness programs get a lot of attention but how successful are they in helping Bay Area companies manage health care costs and improve employee engagement? For that matter, how many employers are even using these programs? Find out by participating in Presidio Benefits Group's 2012 Northern California Wellness Survey. Presidio Benefits Group is our strategic partner for benefits consulting in the Bay Area. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and all participants will receive an executive summary of the results in September. Click here or to take the survey or contact Matthew Coan,, to learn more. Note: the deadline for participation is July 31st!

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About VF&Co

Valerie Frederickson & Company (VF&Co) is a human resource executive search, HR consulting and corporate outplacement firm known for helping clients build and sustain winning teams in today´s rapidly changing marketplace. Since 1995, VF&Co specializes in creating customized solutions to meet an organization´s human resource needs at every stage and size from start–up to Global 500.

Outplacement Practice

Re–evaluating your outplacement vendors? Require a higher utilization rate for your outplacement dollar? Need higher touch services and consistency across all markets? Since 1995, VF&Co is the outplacement firm of choice for sophisticated corporate buyers. Join the numerous Fortune 500 employers and small firms who have selected us over their previous vendor and are now enjoying the best of both worlds: each employee well taken care of, and consistency in every city.

Price shopping or need to customize a program? Contact our Corporate Outplacement Team at 650-614-0220 or email them at for more information on our outplacement services.

HR Consulting Practice

With the dramatic increase of global technology outsourcing and the continued geographic dispersion of corporate teams, the need for international human resources strategy, design, and project implementation has increased. Our global team of HR consultants has the specialized skills and breadth of expertise to develop and lead your initiatives—saving you time, money, and resources. We can manage the international recruiting function, help you hire key local managers or an entire startup team in an overseas market, and establish HR systems for global expansion.

Why clients choose VF&Co:

  • Results-driven, value-oriented. To keep your HR programs in line with your corporate direction, we provide HR strategy, cost-effective HR infrastructure, and pragmatic HR advice across all critical areas of human resource management.
  • Any size, any stage. We draw upon years of experience with startups, midsize firms and large global enterprises to guide our clients strategically through any stage of growth.
  • Work smarter, not harder. In survey after survey, CEO's say the number-one issue keeping them up at night is "people problems." We help you solve them so that you can get back to focusing on your business.

Contact our HR Consulting Team at 650.614.0220 or email them at for more information on our HR consulting services

Executive Search Practice

Why clients choose VF&Co as their executive search firm:

  • Prompt results. The average time from start of search to presentation of the winning candidate is 21 days. 87% of searches are completed in less than 45 days.
  • Superior results. More than 95% of executives placed by VF&Co are still with their companies five years following placement.
  • High client satisfaction. More than 90% of the firm's work is either repeat business or from referrals. A number of clients have been with VF&Co for more than a decade.

You get:

  • Access to the best talent available through extensive networks built upon long–term relationships with U.S. and global executives
  • Customized search solutions that fit your goals, budget and timeline
  • Interim HR management during the search process, followed by an assimilation period to ensure a smooth transition

Contact our Executive Search Team at 650.614.0220 or email them at to learn how your organization can reap the benefits VF&Co can deliver: Improved performance and greater success through your most valuable asset—your people.

Diversity Statement

VF&Co welcomes and encourages all diversity candidates to contact us directly. We highly value the diversity of our VF&Co team, placement of diverse executives into our client companies and our diverse clients, candidates, and supplier partnerships. We want to help swing the pendulum the other way.

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