October 20, 2022 – Private equity-backed Kingsley Gate Partners has appointed Aaron Mitchell Finegold as Chief Marketing Officer. Based in San Francisco, he will oversee full-funnel marketing strategy, external communications, and investments in business-critical capabilities such as experimentation, marketing automation, and measurement. “We are delighted to add Aaron to Kingsley Gate’s management team,” said Umesh Ramakrishnan, CEO of Kingsley Gate Partners. “We’ve spent the past few years building a successful disruptive platform and needed a next-gen CMO to tell the world our story. Aaron fits that bill to a T. We’re now ready for the big stage .
Mr. Finegold brings over 15 years of experience in digital marketing, branding, customer insights, user acquisition and design thinking to Kingsley Gate Partners. Previously, he spent three years as a senior executive at LinkedIn, focusing on developing cutting-edge marketing strategy, strengthening marketing fundamentals (e.g. data, technology) and ensuring close collaboration between marketing and other functions. Previously, Mr. Finegold was an associate partner in the marketing and sales practices of McKinsey & Company and served as a global marketing strategy consultant at Ogilvy & Mather, developing demand generation and brand marketing strategies.
“I am delighted to join Kingsley Gate at this exciting time in the company’s history,” said Mr Finegold. “In a world where talent remains the top priority for nearly every organization, identifying, selecting and onboarding the right leadership can shape future outcomes, not just for the company in question but for the world. I am honored to be able to work with such an outstanding management team and lead a group of extremely innovative and talented marketers around the world. I look forward to helping elevate the brand, build capacity and tell the stories that matter most as we at Kingsley Gate Partners enter our next phase of growth.
Founded in 2015, Kingsley Gate Partners recruits senior executives for private equity and venture capital portfolio firms and Fortune 100 companies. Based in Dallas, it employs consultants and recruiters specializing in private equity, life sciences, financial services, technology, manufacturing and professional services. Kingsley Gate has researched over 1,400 customers in 32 countries.
Kingsley Gate Partners recently appointed Saurabh Gupta as Chief Digital Officer. Based in Boston, he will be responsible for defining the firm’s strategy and technical vision. “Saurabh has proven himself to be both a visionary and a builder of cutting-edge HRIS systems for the benefit of clients, candidates and firm members,” said Mr. Ramakrishnan. “I am delighted to have Saurabh on board to transform our point solutions into a world-class platform.”
Mr. Gupta has over 17 years of cross-cultural experience developing, designing and implementing HCM solutions. He has spearheaded solving global HR technology challenges and has worked for major HR software companies including Oracle, Microsoft and Ramco Systems, and for some of the largest companies in the world. Mr. Gupta has been responsible for the implementation of human capital systems in the United States, China, France, United Kingdom, India and Spain. Prior to joining Kingsley Gate, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Wrkit Inc.
Kingsley Gate Partners also recently appointed Francesca d’Arcangeli as Chief Operating Officer. Based in London, she will be responsible for global operations. “I am delighted to have Francesca join us as our new Chief Operating Officer,” said Mr. Ramakrishnan. “Francesca has been responsible for large operations around the world, speaks several languages and has lived on three continents. This outstanding international experience means she is ideally placed to lead our global operations and will play a vital role in the growth and performance of Kingsley Gate as we continue to expand.
Crescent Cove Advisors takes stake in Kingsley Gate Partners
Kingsley Gate recently secured an investment from Crescent Cove Advisors, a multi-asset investment firm focused on technology investments. The capital partnership is expected to fuel the growth of the search business through global expansion and accelerate the push towards AI-enabled talent acquisition software. Mr. Ramakrishnan, one of the co-founders of Kingsley Gate Partners, has been appointed CEO. “First, I want to thank my co-founders Nancy Albertini and Buster Houchins,” said Mr. Ramakrishnan. “We wouldn’t be at this exciting time without them. The partnership with Crescent Cove Advisors is testament to the value Kingsley Gate Partners has created in just over six years. This partnership will ensure that we continue to disrupt this industry through innovation, continuously improving the research process and attracting more world-class talent.
Kingsley Gate marked the first private equity investment for Crescent Cove and expands the company’s capital solutions for founder-led technology companies. “As organizations are reshaped during and after the pandemic, we are delighted to partner with the team at Kingsley Gate Partners and support the company in redefining executive recruitment through the use of solutions focused on the technology,” said Jun Hong Heng, Founder and Chief Investment Officer. of Crescent Cove.
At Kingsley Gate, Ms. d’Arcangeli will focus on global delivery, growth and performance across the business. The new role encompasses hiring, people development, organizational development and mergers and acquisitions. Although most of her time is dedicated to operations, she will also continue to work with selected clients. Ms. d’Arcangeli has over 25 years of international executive search experience with a strong track record in cross-jurisdictional searches for high-level cross-functional roles, including board, C-suite and operational leaders. She also has extensive experience working with multinational companies to drive growth through strategic leadership consulting and organizational development.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media