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Valerie Frederickson & Company 

A Letter from Valerie

Dear Friends:

With the holidays barreling down upon us and the demand for strategic HR leaders getting more voracious, we are B-U-S-Y and thus sending out a really brief update this month. You can see all our current/new HR searches below, plus some info on what’s hot on the consulting side. What else, may you ask, have I and my team been up to?

Glad you asked. For a number of reasons (deep appreciation for the surgical team who saved my daughter’s life, wanting to give back, bored with formal events), I cancelled our VF&Co Winter Social and, with my core team, decided to help families whose babies and children are having cranial neuro-surgeries this month. Combining our winter social fund, plus contributions from myself and my employees, we partnered with the Cranial Facial Neurosurgery Department at Children’s Hospital Oakland to purchase, wrap, and label enough gifts, books, and art packs for pretty much all the children who will be in the hospital over Christmas (191 beds’ worth). As you can see in the photo, which was taken in the surgical nurses’ office, the eight of us were really happy to help make these babies and kids a little happier. It seems that everyone likes to give back at Christmas time, and in addition to this, my family and I have participated in giving trees at my husband’s hotel, at church, and even at the pre-school. After the tragic shootings last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, making people happy, even if one at a time, feels good and helps to heal our nation’s wounds.

Have a great holiday season and let’s keep those 26 families in Newton in our prayers.

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Current Executive Searches

HR Executive Searches

Featured Executive Search

Leading social media company, whose mission is to make the world more open and connected, needs its first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. This game-changing, high impact role will increase diversity and inclusion globally. The ideal candidate is passionate, metrics-driven, and ready to take on the challenge of pioneering a unique and innovative diversity model that will become the standard for the worldwide tech community at large. This role was created specifically to focus on fostering a culture of openness, camaraderie and cohesion among the widely-differing backgrounds and life experiences of a 4,000+ global employee base. Partnering with a team of bright and passionate individuals, this role will influence and support leadership, managers, and employees alike to increase diversity. Submit Your Profile

PE-funded financial software company with an admirable customer list of top players, needs its first VP of HR to lead global people strategies as it continues its growth trajectory. This new executive will partner with a multi-nationally-based C-level team to refine corporate culture, assist with strategic planning and org design, and build scalable HR infrastructure. The ideal candidate has a background in growth, experience with taking a startup (or several) through IPO's, European expertise, and is excited to get in on the ground floor of one of the most talked-about companies at the forefront of the financial software revolution. Headquartered in Paris and New York. Fluency in French preferred. Submit Your Profile

A rapidly-growing, VC-funded human capital internet services company with approximately 350 RFT and contract employees needs its first Head of HR to partner with the highly sophisticated and evolved executive team. This company's CEO is a huge fan of HR and is very empowering and engaging. The role will build out scalable HR infrastructure for continued growth with an eye towards an IPO in the next year. The ideal candidate will be an up-and-coming HR superstar with hands-on experience creating HR from scratch at a startup tech company. Submit Your Profile

A publicly-traded luxury accommodation management firm in multiple states needs a VPHR to take their 500-employee workforce to the next level. Partnering with a bright and driven executive team, the first-time VP will focus on assessing and building out the HR structure to allow for rapid ease-of-growth. The ideal candidate will be smart, energetic, able to lead through chaos, and community-driven. Submit Your Profile

One of the most talked about movers-and-shakers in the online e-commerce space needs their first VPHR to lead HR for their 400+ creative and technical employees. Partnering closely with the super-smart and visionary CEO, this role will play an integral part in creating the foundation for a strategic HR function and leading the company through a cultural transformation. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in all facets of HR with particular strengths in OD, talent management, and C-level leadership coaching. Submit Your Profile

A leading digital media advertising software company needs their first Head of Human Resources to build scalable HR systems as they embark on a rapid global expansion, most notably into the European and Asian markets. This role will assess the current HR infrastructure and revamp or rebuild systems and processes to handle a dramatic increase in headcount over the next 18 months. The ideal candidate has led HR for a company with international presence (specifically, India), enjoys tackling the challenges that arise from a chaotic startup environment, and is super hands-on with a very young HR team. Prefer someone who has experience and models for building a one-culture company where engineering and media are the major groups. Experience leading a company through its IPO a major plus. Submit Your Profile

An extremely successful leader in the SaaS, enterprise, cloud space, specializing in business phone systems for the mobile world, needs their first VPHR to lead them through an IPO. 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. 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 1,300+ employees globally. Prior experience with implementing recruiting, compensation, strategic planning, and performance management initiatives at tech companies is a huge plus. Prefer successful ramp-up at leading software company, including through an IPO. Submit Your Profile

One of the most-talked-about social media companies in the world needs a Head of Talent Acquisition to come in with fresh ideas on recruiting top engineering talent in the "tight" San Francisco/Silicon Valley market. Reporting into the SVPHR, managing an existing high functioning team, and partnering closely with hiring managers across the functions, this role will essentially "rethink" the entire talent acquisition function, with a focus on developing solid pipelines to augment the current bench strength. The ideal candidate will be an experienced TA executive, ready to take the next step in their career, with a background in talent acquisition design and strategic planning for a tech startup or having led a strategic TA function for an engineering division within a larger corporation. International experience is strongly preferred. 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:

  • Complete revamp of the talent acquisition function for one of the fastest-growing financial services companies in the U.S.
  • Comprehensive review of compensation programs for hot post-IPO tech companies, including benchmarking and redesigning of short and long-term incentive plans (multiple)
  • 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 tech hubs that include San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York
  • Customized outplacement projects for several companies in the midst of restructuring or integrating acquisitions to include planning, take-out notifications, coaching, job development, mock interviews, and resume consultation
  • Maternity leave HRM assignments too numerous to count due to what appears to be an HR baby boom

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HR Events

GOVF&Co Outplacement Webinar
January 17, 2013- Menlo Park, California, United States

GOHR West 2013
April 22-23, 2013 - Oakland, California, United States

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Spotlight on...

Best Practices in Outplacement: How to Fire People Without Them Firing Back at You

A VF&Co Webinar

Join Valerie and special guest, Career Management Fellow John Motroni, as they discuss best practices around layoffs and outplacement services, and learn how to protect your company’s employment branding through your reorganization. Topics include the top 7 mistakes to avoid, timing your RIF, creating a strong outplacement package, and evaluating outplacement vendors to find the best fit for your company.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am
To sign up, please click here.
For questions, email us at

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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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