Who We Are

Launched in 2002 and founded by a team of industry veterans who have a proven track record in retained executive search, the Laurel Group was established as an alternative to the way executive search has been done for the last 50 years.


With a focus on building executive teams for technology-enabled companies across multiple verticals, we understand it’s more about talent management than search. We spend every day meeting, understanding, and developing executive talent before there is even a need. We get to the root of who executive candidates are, what they excel in, and where they want to go in their career, with the simple result of delivering executive talent to our clients.

Time to Market

Our time to close metric shows our ability to quickly source, recruit, and manage the candidate process to completion. On average, we have been able to have a candidate accept an offer in 72 days of taking the search to market.

Direct Access to Candidates

Since we are a boutique executive search firm and focus our engagements with specific partners, our number of ``off-limit`` clients is minimal so we can recruit candidates from almost anywhere.


We are a leading executive search firm in Seattle and Silicon Valley with a demonstrated track record of sourcing talent nationally and internationally for our clients.


Top Talent Recently Placed

Megan Hansen

SVP of People


Janet Brown

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Banner Bank

Alan Cheslow

Senior Director, Product


Joaquin Ruiz

Sr. Director, WW Managing Director

AWS Outposts

Jennifer Fall Jung

Chief Financial Officer


Cary Baker

Chief Financial Officer


John Kelly

Head of Demand Generation


Joshua Reinhard

VP of Sales


Stevc Marsh

VP of Product Marketing


Stephen A. Keller

Chief Financial Officer

Sono Bello

Cristina Stanley

VP of Marketing


Paul Merritt





Tom Taft

Tom Taft

Managing Partner

Tom Taft is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Laurel Group and leads executive level searches, office management, and business development for the firm.

Chris Berta

Chris Berta


Chris Berta is a Partner with responsibilities including business development and senior management searches focused on marketing, product management, and sales.

Mike Taft

Mike Taft


Mike has almost 20 years of executive search experience and specializes in bringing senior leaders into early and mid-stage software companies, with a particular focus on Revenue, Customer Success, and Product Management roles.

Contact Us

Bellevue Office

Silicon Valley Office