Richard has led more than 300 executive searches for both public and late stage venture-funded companies. His functional focus is within PRODUCTS, DATA SCIENCE/ ANALYTICS and ENGINEERING. Recent clients include Amazon, Equinix, OpenTable, Rocket Fuel, PubMatic, Ping Identity and OpenX. Richard has founded and overseen product management for four Silicon Valley-based businesses, including iView, (interviewing platform), RichMedia Networks (customer lifecycle management) and Greenwave International.

Previously, Richard was the founding partner at Vantage Communications and Lear, Herrerias, and Lee.  He began his executive search career as a senior associate at the Stratford Group.

Richard graduated with honors from Brown University where he received his bachelors in Economics. He’s also completed additional engineering and venturing coursework at Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley and the Kellogg School of Management.

Domain Focus

  • Products 37%
  • Data Science, Analytics and UX/ UI 32%
  • Engineering 31%

Founder and chief product officer of four Silicon Valley-based companies in media, SaaS, human capital and consumer electronics. Responsible for the launch of 11 products.

Highly quantitative and analytical recruiter with an affinity for highly technical roles.

Three favorite product guru placements:

  • Jeff Weiner at Warner Bros, now CEO, Linked-In
  • Ben Golub at pre-IPO Verisign, now CEO, Docker
  • Rick Jackson at Apple/IBM JV, Taligent, now CMO, Qlik

Rich and his team at Vantage have helped us fill several VP and Senior Director level roles at both Zone Labs and MarkMonitor. Rich listens well, runs a good process and has helped us land key players. I’d gladly recommend him as a tier one recruiter in the tech sector.

Irfan Salim

CEO, Mark Monitor and Zone Labs

Rich built out a tremendous, entrepreneurial management team for Betfair USA. He is a super business partner who understands the kind of person it takes to grow a startup. Rich is a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to working with him again.

He was very quick to clarify our needs, and delivered highest quality candidates.

Gerard Cunningham

Founder and President, BetFair

Richard is a great talent acquisition consultant. I call him a consultant because that is how approaches his clients. He builds relationships and becomes a trusted advisor. He spends a lot of time understanding the client’s needs and he gives great advice on softer skills/requirements that helps his clients get the best candidate in a holistic way. He helped me often times think more broadly about the person and he brings a lot of color on every opportunity he presented to me.

I found Rich to be an executive and talent coach. His consulting approach to talent acquisition makes him unique.

Manoj Goyal

SVP, Engineering, OpenX

Rich is one of the best in the industry…dives into a search with real vigor, intellect and thorough understanding of the needs of the clients. Gamiel Gran

Partner, Sierra Ventures

Rich Lear has always been there to help our teams get top talent when we needed it. He is a trusted though leader and a true professional. He brings his clients so much more than great talent. He helps guide, direct and evolve the executive/tech recruiting solution and in turn you get a lot more than you pay for! Rich and his exceptional team(s) are committed to a true partnership that will always set you up for success.

Karen Kesner

VP Talent Acquisition, Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon

Rich and his team partnered with us at Rocket Fuel resulting in a number of hires for our growing data science team. I appreciated his team’s research, market insights, and teamwork in helping land some of the most sought-after profiles in the Valley. Rich is well connected, data-driven, and always keeps focused on client goals. I look forward to working with his team again soon. 

Mark Langlie

Director of Recruiting, RocketFuel

Recent Searches
Chief Scientist, Rocket Fuel Ad-technology; AI NYSE: FUEL
Head of Data Science, OpenTable Consumer Application, Platform (Owned by
Head of Applied Science, Amazon

SVP Engineering, Acxiom Ad-technology, SaaS, Big Data, Analytics (NASDAQ: ACXM)
SVP Engineering, OpenX Ad-technology, SaaS, (Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures)
SVP Engineering, Demandbase SaaS, (Altos Ventures, Scale Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures)

SVP Products, Rocket Fuel Ad-technology NYSE: FUEL
SVP Products, OpenX Ad-technology, SaaS, (Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures)
SVP Products, ZEFR Digital Media, SaaS, Big Data (Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, USVP, IVP)
SVP Products, ZEFR Digital Media, SaaS, Big Data (Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, USVP, IVP)

Chief Executive Officer, Campanja Ad-technology, Digital Marketing (Hoxton Ventures, DFJ Spirit)
Chief Executive Officer, Seek Thermal Consumer Electronics
Chief Marketing Officer, Ping Identity Identity Management, Security (General Catalyst, KKR)
Chief Marketing Officer, Centrify Identity Management, Security (Accel Partners, Mayfield, Sigma)

CEOEbatesConsumer / Internet
CEOMindflashConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
CEOMokafiveEnterprise / SaaS
CEOProximicConsumer / Internet
CEOVoloMediaConsumer / Internet
CEOTeleplaceEnterprise / SaaS
GM ConsumerRealNetworksConsumer / Internet
PresidentCriteoConsumer / Internet
VP/GM Business DevelopmentSongkickConsumer / Internet
SVP Global OnlineWebrootConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
SVP Sales & MarketingRealNetworksConsumer / Internet
VP Business DevelopmentAnchor IntelligenceConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business DevelopmentBEAEnterprise / SaaS
VP Business DevelopmentFaceTimeEnterprise / SaaS
VP Business DevelopmentPubmaticConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Business DevelopmentRetrevoConsumer / Internet
VP Business DevelopmentTerosEnterprise / SaaS
VP Corporate & Business DevelopmentAnnounce MediaEnterprise / SaaS
VP Global Services Ventures, Azure CapitalZendEnterprise / SaaS
VP Human ResourcesMarkMonitorEnterprise / SaaS
VP InteractiveAOLConsumer / Internet
VP MarketingAdchemyConsumer / Internet
VP MarketingBetfairConsumer / Internet
VP MarketingFaceTimeEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingFireEyeEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingLynda.comEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingMokafiveEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingNearby NowConsumer / Internet
VP MarketingOnVantageEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingPlumConsumer / Internet
VP MarketingRingCubeEnterprise / SaaS
VP MarketingTerosEnterprise / SaaS
VP Marketing & Product ManagementUntangleEnterprise / SaaS
VP MediaAdchemyConsumer / Internet
VP Online MarketingTotal DefenseEnterprise / SaaS
VP Product ManagementRetrevoConsumer / Internet
VP Product MarketingBEAEnterprise / SaaS
VP ProductsMokafiveEnterprise / SaaS
VP Publisher ServicesPubMaticConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP SalesNeoScaleEnterprise / SaaS
VP SalesTerosEnterprise / SaaS
VP SalesUntangleEnterprise / SaaS
VP SalesZendEnterprise / SaaS
VP SalesZone LabsConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
VP Strategic SalesPSS AtlasEnterprise / SaaS
VP/GMTelephiaConsumer / Internet :: Mobile / Wireless
Corporate ControllerGoogleConsumer / Internet
CMOScanCafeConsumer / Internet
CMOCourseSmartConsumer / Internet :: Enterprise / SaaS
CMOWideOrbitEnterprise / SaaS
CMOZendEnterprise / SaaS
COOKomliConsumer / Internet
CROBetfairConsumer / Internet

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