Probus Executive Searcha refreshing approach to executive recruitment

About Us

About Us

Probus Executive Search began operations in 1982 to serve the professional level Finance and Accounting recruiting needs of the technology business community in the greater Silicon Valley Area. IT search was soon added with a nationwide scope for a wide range of industries. Probus is dedicated to identifying the highest caliber financial and IT professionals who are perfectly aligned to the needs and corporate culture of our clients. Our business is built on long-standing relationships that we have developed through our high quality service and ethical business practices. All of us at Probus have years of experience in the specialized functional areas where we recruit, and therefore have a genuine sensitivity and deep understanding of the needs of our clients and candidates. We understand the importance of working all professional levels of search from Manager through Vice President to keep us in tune with changes in the industry.

In our ever-changing world of technology, more and more contact with clients and candidates is now done by email. While email is a great medium for transmitting information, there is no real substitute for human interaction. We strongly prefer to do as much of our work as possible voice-to-voice and face-to-face. The search process is a very human business.

A successful search requires the involvement of the hiring manager, the candidate, and the recruiter as well as human resources, and we embrace this involvement. Client companies that we represent are successful, progressive, and consider their employees their most important asset. Just as we meet every candidate, we also meet every client and are thus able to carefully match personalities for a successful fit. Every candidate we represent has been screened, interviewed and referenced.

Jack McNeal, Managing Partner. Finance and Accounting Search. Jack co-founded Probus Executive Search in 1982 with the idea of providing a higher level of service to technology companies in a firm encompassing both contingent and retained search.. He has many years of combined accounting, business management and executive search experience. After 3 years as an Army Officer, he spent 8 years as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer of both an engineering company and a geotechnical consulting firm. Jack has worked with technology companies ranging from venture capital backed start-ups to multi-billion dollar international corporations. From 1999 to 2006, Jack served as a Director and Treasurer of WineInStyle KK, a Tokyo based venture funded distributor and online reseller of premium wines in Asia. He has a BS degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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Paulette Clements, Partner. Finance and Accounting Search, Transition Coaching. Paulette joined Probus in 1992. She has many years of experience in finance, accounting and executive search, all within Silicon Valley technology companies. She started her career with General Electric and completed the GE Financial Management Program (FMP), followed by 4 years in diverse GE businesses including GE Nuclear, Major Appliance Business Group and the Calma Company. During her last 3 years in finance she was a Product Line Controller in high technology manufacturing. Paulette enjoys recruiting for start up, small and mid size companies in the tech sector. She has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently obtaining her certifications as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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Jan Smyth, Director of IT and Software Engineering Search. Jan has many years of experience in financial and business systems analysis and executive search. She specializes in IT and Software Engineering searches in a variety of industries located throughout the US., including software, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, bio-tech, and financial/securities companies. Searches cover a wide range of technical backgrounds at all levels from Senior Vice President to staff level positions for both the product and internal infrastructure and application groups. In 1993 she co-founded Information Technology Partners, (ITP, Inc.) and in 2005 she merged that company into Probus. For many years, Jan has partnered with Probus on numerous technical searches for financial hiring managers.

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Recruitment Services
  • Retained Search for very senior financial executives
  • Contingent Search for senior financial management positions
  • Retained Search for IT executives
  • Contingent Search for senior IT management positions and senior individual contributor IT positions
Transition Coaching
  • Transition Coaching
  • Career Coaching
  • Development Coaching
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Exit Coaching
  • Life Coaching
External Resources
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Probus Executive Search
is a permanent placement firm serving the financial and IT executive search needs of the Silicon Valley Area.