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Valerie Frederickson & Company 

A Letter from Valerie

Dear Friends:

A quick post Labor Day search update. Plus, we are kicking off four more searches in the next couple of weeks. Send your resumes to our executive search team at!

Stay tuned for our regular newsletter update later this month.

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Current Executive Searches

HR Executive Searches

Featured Executive Search

A rapidly-growing public, global technology company with a new CEO and executive team needs a SVPHR to partner with senior leadership and the Board to revamp and scale HR practices during a period of high growth and the introduction of several exciting new products. Change management, leadership development, strategic planning, internal communications, and metrics are all major focuses of this role. The ideal candidate is proactive, engaging, high energy, and able to build a world-class HR team to support upwards of 1,000 employees globally. This role requires a dynamic, adaptive individual who thrives in fast-paced companies and who is ready to travel the world. Submit Your Profile

A privately-owned internet company specializing in online publishing software and services needs a Senior HR Director to build and manage global strategic HR functions at its locations in the Bay Area and in the UK as the company enters rapid growth mode. This role will play a pivotal role in helping build and scale HR in the coming years. The ideal candidate has a solid mastery of the HR profession, enjoys their job, and likes to have fun, yet has the sophistication to communicate honestly and provide constructive feedback to the executive team. Submit Your Profile

The highest growth company in the business cloud space, specializing in business phone systems for the mobile world, needs their first VPHR to lead them through an IPO. The ideal candidate is a confident, collaborative, thoughtful and direct leader who can build and manage the company's first strategic HR function to support 1,000+ employees globally. Partnering closely with the driven, caring, and highly entrepreneurial founder and leadership team, this individual will create a scalable talent management strategy and implement all required systems to support future growth. Prior experience with implementing recruiting, compensation, strategic planning, and performance management initiatives at tech companies is a huge plus. Submit Your Profile

A recently-public, leading cloud-based enterprise security company, with a driven, passionate and ethical CEO, is searching for their next HR leader to lead their well-established, best-in-class Human Resources function. This individual will take the lead with the compensation and nominating committees and, in partnership with the senior executive team leaders, oversee all HR initiatives in support of a rapid global business growth plan. The ideal candidate is a fast-thinking, business-minded, transparent, organized and professional individual with a developed sense of humor. Submit Your Profile

The 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. The ideal candidate is customer-oriented, highly analytical and metrics-driven, and not afraid to think outside the box and stand up for your beliefs. 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

A 200-employee, 80-year old, fast-paced, historic public safety company currently in turn-around mode after going private needs a 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

An extremely well-respected and well-run technology product and solutions company serving military and defense clientele through major DOD contracts needs their first strategic Head of HR. In this pivotal role, this individual will partner closely 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, and the values-based management team is well known for their philanthropic efforts. Prior experience in a tech company with exposure to government contracts is crucial. Submit Your Profile

A long standing, best-in-class agri-products companies 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. This individual will be a change management and organizational design expert, utilizing a project management approach to position HR for continued success. The ideal candidate is a sophisticated and influential HR leader with strong business acumen and experience in a line role, and who would enjoy working closely with a small, brilliant executive team. Submit Your Profile

A publicly-held, highly-sophisticated chip company, a global leader in their space enjoying a very good market, requires a Head of HR to lead the function globally and support extreme growth. Partnering with the CEO, the executive team and Board of Directors, this individual will strive to improve and drive business results through HR programs and services. This role will lead a global team of high performers in every HR function including talent acquisition, total rewards, learning and development, and HR business partners. The ideal candidate will be a sophisticated, business strategist with experience leading a Fortune 100 company through a rapid growth phase. 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

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
  • 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

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

GOTotal Rewards Conference
September 13, 2012- South San Francisco, California, United States

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

GOBOLD Workshop- Using Technology to Promote Global Organizational Growth
September 27, 2012- South San Francisco

GOYoung Professionals Summit
September 27, 2012- Mountain View, California, United States

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

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Spotlight on...

NCHRA Total Rewards Conference 2012

Join the VF&Co team at a lunch discussion on HRIS moderated by Valerie. 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm, Thursday September 13th at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information and to sign up for this year’s Total Rewards Conference, please visit the NCHRA website for this event.

NCHRA Young Professionals Summit – Developing Next Generation Leadership

Calling all up-and-comers! This summit is a great chance to learn from top young professionals in the HR industry and to gain insight into how to be successful in your own career. Valerie will be leading an exciting panel discussion featuring young HR executives from 3:45pm- 4:45 pm. Then, don’t miss your chance to network with the VF&Co team, our panelists, and your fellow attendees at the reception immediately following. The summit will be held at Vita Benefits Group in Mountain View on Thursday, September 27th. For more information and to enroll please visit the NCHRA website for this event.

The Next Gold Rush: Leading the HR Function from Pre-to Post-IPO and Beyond

Hear from Valerie, Mathew Coan, Principal and Founder of Presidio Benefits Group, and Marlene Muraco, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, as they discuss practical solutions to the five greatest challenges HR faces when getting ready for an IPO. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

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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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