Charley entered the executive search profession in 1978 with a Boston-headquartered four-office firm. In 1980, he helped start a Boston-based boutique firm, where he focused on technology clients. In 1983, he co-founded Fenwick Partners, a specialty firm focused on early-stage technology companies.
In 1993, Charley co-founded International Technology Partners, an affiliation network of seven independent firms in 13 cities worldwide focusing on technology clients. In 1998, Heidrick & Struggles acquired Fenwick Partners and Charley was appointed as an office managing partner for the Route 128 Office as well as a member of the North American Management Committee. In January of 2001, Charley stepped down as office managing partner and took a sabbatical from the firm that began in July of 2001. He co-founded Polachi in 2002.
Charley's search practice has focused on recruiting CEOs for technology companies. He also has a specialty practice in recruiting partners for venture capital firms. In addition, he has developed numerous Boards for private and public companies.
Charley holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA with honors from Boston College.