DeWinter Partners

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I've been impressed with the work of DeWinter for several years. They take the time to build relationships across Silicon Valley in order to understand their clients' business models, leadership styles, and people needs. They have an incredible network of finance professionals for every sector, level, and type of expertise. They do a fantastic job of matching the finance person to the business need to deliver value for their customers and realize great opportunities for finance folks. I've confidently recommended them to colleagues who are looking for their next role as well as to other CFOs who are looking to hire critical team members. I'm a fan, friend, and frequent happy customer.
I hired Derek DeWinter to run an executive search for me, for VP of Finance. I found working with Derek and the DeWinter group to be an outstanding experience that yielded a strong candidate pool, and ultimately the perfect candidate. Derek clearly has been doing this for a long time, and brought a unique perspective to hiring financial executives that I haven’t seen in other recruiters. The communication was consistent and clear, and Derek was able to offload a lot of tasks so that my time invested in recruiting was most efficient. I would strongly recommend using Derek and DeWinter for any recruiting needs in the Finance area.
I have worked with the DeWinter Group for over ten years on the client side and as a candidate for Finance and Human Resources positions. They have treated me with the utmost respect, have been excessively responsive, resourceful, and efficient with our searches. During our CFO search in particular, DeWinter came through for us in a big way with the perfect candidate who matched both our culture and stringent requirements. Derek and his staff were excellent during the search and kept us apprised of their efforts at every step in the process, kept the pace of the search on track during a very busy recruitment period, and helped us successfully land a superb addition to our Executive team. I would highly recommend them for any Accounting, Finance, and Human Resource search needs, they're guaranteed to impress!

The executive search team has been in search in the Bay Area since 1994. That is unparalleled insight into our marketplace during periods of growth and contraction, which you will not find from any other search firm.

Hiring transformational talent is the most important thing you can do to grow your company.  It stands to reason that partnering with the right retained search firm is equally important.  Our goal is to “become you” in the marketplace.  We act as an agent of your organization to present the opportunity that best represents the organization and the management team.  In-depth research is performed on the organization and the industry so we can intelligently present the role to potential candidates.

How do we do this better than others?  By focusing on what we do best.

To put it simply, we know the best financial leaders the market has to offer and in most cases have had a relationship with them since the early stages of their career.  This typically means deeper insight into a candidate because we’ve known them for a long time, not just the length of your search.

We also know the market. We know how to best represent your unique organization and the critical role you’re targeting for hire. When you combine our specific functional focus with years of insight into the Bay Area marketplace you have the best partner to effectively work on your financial staffing search needs.

Client and Industry Focus

Our clients include venture-backed technology start-ups, publicly traded growth companies, and Private Equity owned organizations. We operate across all industry verticals – Software, Life-Science, Medical Device, FinTech, Internet & Social Media, Retail and Consumer, Products, and Non-Profit.






















Initiation Phase Engagement letter reviewed and agreed upon
Provide market values as requested and review budget and market conditions for desired candidate
Develop/refine/understand job description and candidate requirements – if required
Interviews with the key management team members, board members and other key individuals
Execution Phase Present candidate panel
Interviews and debriefing
Job offer, negotiation and acceptance

Gaia Interactive

An operator of online gaming platforms, and designs, develops, and markets mobile games.

Position: CFO

Time to Close: 65 Days


San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

The Foundation's mission is to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.

Position: VP of Finance & VP of Marketing

Time to Close: 42 Days & 39 Days



The world's largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network with over 25,200 locations.

Position: VP of Finance

Time to Close: 48 Days



A continuous integration platform for web application developers.

Position: Controller

Time to Close: 41 Days


REPOWER/Solar Universe

REPOWER is the leading asset-light, virtually-integrated residential solar technology-enabled marketplace.

Position: CFO

Time to Close: 58 Days


Infinera (INFN)

Provides optical transport networking equipment, software, and services.

Position: Head of Investor Relations

Time to Close: 54 Days


iRythm Technologies

Publicly traded digital healthcare solutions company that is a world leader in cardiac arrhythmia information.

Position: Sr. Director of Finance

Time to Close: 39 Days


K2Pure Solutions

Manufacturer of products essential to modern life through environmentally sustainable and Inherently Safe Technology.

Position: VP of Finance & Administration

Time to Close: 60 Days



GoodData enables Enterprises and ISVs to transform their businesses by distributing targeted analytics to every stakeholder across their networks.

Position: CFO

Time to Close: 49 Days


Derek DeWinter

Phone: (408) 278-0352

As a Partner at the DeWinter Group, Derek helps to lead his organization and maintain its position as the premier Financial Recruitment Firm in the Bay Area. In addition to working with clients and candidates, Derek helps set strategic direction, develop business, hire and train, and occasionally shares a funny story picked up during his almost 20 years in the Search Business.

In addition to the DeWinter Group, Derek currently serves as President of a National Organization called AAFA – The American Association of Finance & Accounting and is on the Board of Directors of Watermark, a non–profit membership and development organization comprised of Executive Women who have risen to the top of their fields.

Derek graduated from Santa Clara University and lives in Los Gatos, California, with his wife and 3 children. He has lived in Oakland, Michigan, Germany, and Oahu but is from Maui and yes, has been known to surf, spearfish, and can talk pidgin if necessary.

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Mike Tomasello

Phone: (408) 278-0353

Mike is one of the founding partners of the DeWinter Group. He oversees the management of the permanent placement team located in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. For his clients, Mike focuses primarily on retained searches at the Director to VP level. After growing up on the East Coast, Mike ventured out West and graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Subsequently, he spent 3 years at KPMG in Los Angeles and after public accounting, Mike joined BankAmerica Corporation in San Francisco. He began his recruiting career with Parker and Lynch in 1996.

Mike resides in the heart of Silicon Valley with his wife (a CPA) and two teenage children. You can find him at his kid’s lacrosse games, coaching a youth soccer team, or fundraising for local schools.

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