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Tech’s Hidden Diversity Problem: Executive Headhunters

Photo: Alex Cole of VMG Partners. Photo: VMG

Executive search firm True often gets the call when hot tech companies seek to fill key jobs. The New Jersey–based outfit has grown as quickly as some of its startup clients, having hired 350 employees across several continents since its founding eight years ago. 

True resembles its tech industry clients in another way: Just one of the firm’s nearly 70 partners is Black. Other prominent tech headhunting firms are similarly lacking in diversity within their upper ranks, a gap that tech professionals and recruiters said likely contributes to the underrepresentation of Black and Latino executives throughout Silicon Valley.

“We have fallen into the same trap [as our clients],” True co-CEO Brad Stadler said in an interview. True said its top priority for its own internal recruiting team is to boost the number of partners who are Black or Latino. 

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