SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 26, 2016

Arete Partners Rounds Out Offering With Key New Hires

Richard Gates, Michael Ruskin and Heidi Effenberger add breadth and depth to technology industry executive search team.

Arete Partners, a leading provider of executive search services focusing on the technology market, today announces that it has hired three new associates for its San Francisco offices; Richard Gates joins as a Senior Associate, Michael Ruskin joins as an Associate, and, Heidi Effenberger joins as a Research Associate. In recent quarters, Arete Partners has enjoyed a series of successes, which is now reflected in the team’s growth. With this expanded team, Arete Partners can bring added depth in the areas of Finance & Accounting, and increased bandwidth for Contingency Search for individual contributor roles.

“We are pleased to welcome Gates, Ruskin, and Effenberger to the Arete Partners team,” said Eóin O’ Toole, Arete Partner’s Co-Founder & Managing Partner. “Each of them brings their own unique value that will enable us to continue our remarkable growth and bring our specialized, executive search services to even more leading-edge technology companies.”

“With Gates, Ruskin and Effenberger, we really feel we can support all areas for our clients by adding Finance & Accounting, and more Contingency Search ability to our specialized leadership executive search offering.” – Eóin O’ Toole, Arete Partner’s Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Arete Partners Hires Three Associates - April 2016

Prior to joining Arete Partners, Richard Gates, a native of Australia, worked for Michael Page Finance, and then as a Senior Consultant for Sharp & Carter at its Melbourne, Australia, offices. There he placed hundreds of finance professionals in a broad range of roles in clients across multiple industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Monash University. He loves travelling the world and is an avid sports fan. Gates and his partner relocated to San Francisco from Melbourne.

Michael Ruskin, originally from New York, was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Iron Consulting & Staffing, LLC, prior to joining Arete Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He now lives in San Francisco and will be key to Arete’s ability to deliver exceptional teams to their clients’ leadership. Ruskin is a supporter of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Prior to joining Arete Partners, Heidi Effenberger worked as a Development Assistant for Harvard University in its West Coast office. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both International Studies and Art History from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Arts in the History of Art & Architecture from Boston University. She lives in San Francisco, and her research skills honed while working at Harvard provide further confidence for Arete’s clients that they will find the best candidate in the market for the position. Effenberger also teaches fitness and active wellness classes.

Arete Partners recently assisted BlueVine, a leading online provider of working capital financing to small businesses, in successfully ramping up its leadership team by executing searches for seven key leadership roles in a 12-month period. Successes like these, coupled with 83 percent of their clients in 2015 being repeat clients, have led to the company’s expansion.

News Highlights              

Arete Partners hired three executive search professionals to add depth and reach to its growing technology executive placement business:

  • Richard Gates joins Arete Partners as a Senior Associate.
  • Michael Ruskin joins Arete Partners as an Associate.
  • Heidi Effenberger joins Arete Partners as a Research Associate.


About Arete Partners

Based in San Francisco, Arete Partners specializes in executive search services for senior director, director, manager and other high impact individual contributor positions in the technology industry. The company provides responsive, personalized service across the entire placement lifecycle – from creating job descriptions to identifying, attracting and placing the most qualified candidates. Working with a broad range of innovators in various funding stages, Arete Partners is particularly experienced with companies reaching an inflection point in growth that need to fill critical leadership roles, whether that leadership is technical or line of business. Since its inception in 2014, Arete Partners has completed over 60 successful searches nationwide that enable its clients to succeed now and into tomorrow. For more information, call (888) 342-3058 or visit


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Eóin O’ Toole
Managing Partner/Co-Founder
Arete Partners

Donna St. Jean Conti, APR
Public Relations Manager
Visual Identity Group