San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2011
Ignition Talent Group, a national talent acquisition and advisory firm, announced today that Graham Watts has joined the firm as a senior associate based in New York.
Watts will open the firm’s East Coast office and take responsibility for recruiting exceptional talent for highly visible clients in the internet/e-commerce, digital media, SaaS and mobile sectors.
“Our initial plan was to establish a strong foothold in the heart of Silicon Valley, but strong demand from our clients, which include some of the most innovative new start-ups in the country, accelerated our plans to expand to New York to become more deeply embedded with the talent on both coasts,” said Mark Jacobson, Founder & Managing Partner of Ignition Talent Group.
“I am confident that Graham’s appointment will serve as one of the key drivers of Ignition’s national presence,” continued Jacobson.
Watts has built an outstanding reputation over the years, conducting senior level searches and leading the execution of large-scale team builds for some of the largest and most visible tech companies in the world.
Most recently, Watts was an associate with Walker Talent Group where he conducted major deployments with Facebook and Palm, and recruited engineering leadership and development teams as well as data mining and artificial intelligence experts. Prior to that he spent two years as senior technical recruiter with Riviera Partners, a boutique search firm based in San Francisco. Watts holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
“The level of innovation and breadth of experience that the Ignition team brings to the table is impressive and I think we are uniquely positioned to deliver a service that is unmatched in the marketplace,” said Watts.
Ignition Talent Group, formerly Ignition Search Partners, is a first of its kind talent acquisition and advisory firm that merges the best practices of executive recruiting with the perspective and commitment of a venture capital firm to build teams capable of breakout success.
Founded in 2009 by a collective of research-driven investors, entrepreneurs and executive talent scouts, Ignition Talent Group specializes in working with startups and emerging growth businesses in the internet/e-commerce, digital media, SaaS and mobile sectors to accelerate and improve their ability to attract senior leadership as well as key impact engineers and product managers.
Traits of Talent
Ignition has devoted significant resources to gain perspective on the optimal competencies and the key Traits of Talent that drive success in entrepreneurs. The team applies this knowledge in quantitative and qualitative measures to develop a talent profile tailored to each client’s stage-specific requirements and takes a systematic approach to identify world-class candidates that go beyond the obvious.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Ignition Talent Group also has offices in New York and Boston. For more information visit: http://www.ignitiontalent.com
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