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Bespoke Partners Welcomes New Partner

Bespoke Partners, a leading provider of accelerated executive search services for the private equity (PE) market, today announced that Tess Fischer is joining the firm as Partner.

Tess is based in the firm’s Austin, Texas, office and brings more than 16 years of experience in building executive teams for private equity portfolio companies in the software and Software-as-a-Service sector.

“Tess is a proven search leader with an outstanding track record and exceptional industry knowledge that will be a major benefit to our clients as they enhance their leadership teams,” said Bespoke Partners CEO Kristie Nova. “Her expertise will boost our ongoing evolution to become a comprehensive human capital advisory firm serving the private equity market.”

Tess joins Bespoke Partners from Morgan Samuels where she was a Partner leading the firm’s software and tech-enabled services practice. She worked closely with private equity funds and their portfolio companies to hire executive talent. Previously, Tess was a Senior Executive Recruiter at Vista Consulting Group where she placed over 30 executives across Vista Equity Partners’ portfolio of SaaS companies every year. In her early career, Tess helped grow Gerson Lehrman Group’s Austin office and was Vice President of Network Development where she and her team recruited experts to assist the research strategies of leading hedge funds and private equity funds.

“I’m excited to join Bespoke Partners as it continues its impressive growth specializing in private equity human capital advisory services,” Tess said. “Talent is the top driver enabling a portfolio company to achieve the investment thesis for a private equity investor. Bespoke is leading the industry in services that maximize the impact of talent for producing outsized returns for private equity clients.”

Tess joins as Bespoke’s unique Search 2.0™ process has captured industry attention. A data-driven approach to executive recruiting, Search 2.0 features:

  • Advanced Scorecarding – tailoring a search to specific company needs and its value creation plan for achieving the investment thesis.
  • Deep Validation™ – the industry’s most in-depth backchannel reference checking to yield unparalleled insight into a candidate’s background and skills.
  • FIT Profile™ – a holistic view of a candidate’s potential for success in the company, team and role.

Visit to learn how Search 2.0 can transform portfolio company leadership.

Search 2.0, Deep Validation and FIT Profile are trademarks of Bespoke Partners LLC.

About Bespoke Partners

Bespoke Partners is a retained executive search and leadership advisory firm dedicated to partnering with leading private equity firms, including Thoma Bravo, Francisco Partners, Clearlake Capital, WCAS, GI Partners, Apax Partners, CVC Capital Partners, and TA Associates, to recruit software talent and assess and evaluate teams at every stage of the investment lifecycle, from growth equity to buyout. Bespoke Partners’ search expertise includes all C-Level searches, as well as Board of Directors and internal private equity Operating Partner searches. Bespoke’s leadership advisory expertise includes organizational due diligence as well as executive assessment, onboarding and coaching. Bespoke Partners has offices in San Diego, Austin and Philadelphia.

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