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Mike Doonan

Mike Doonan

Partner, SPMB
mike@spmb.com

Mike was recruited to SPMB in 2004 to help evolve the firm's business model. The vision was that the firm wanted to operate like an investment bank in terms of process and rigor, and given his background Mike was to be the chief architect of this strategy. He developed and implemented SPMB's search strategy, and the effect has been significant in transforming how the entire company approaches clients and the search process, including 10+ years of unprecedented growth.

Mike has executed on over 140 CEO and VP search assignments and was a key player in building the executives teams at companies that created massive investor returns, including but not limited to:

- Isilon Systems - successful IPO, then acquired for $2B+
- LSI - acquired by Avago for $6.6B in December 2013
- CDW - IPO in 2013, $10B+ in revenue
- Gluster - acquired by RedHat for 11x return to shareholders
- PowerReviews - acquired by BazaarVoice for 15x revenue
- InQuira - acquired by Oracle, 5x+ return to investors

Other high growth clients include Citrix, Zettics, Elemental Technologies and Kyriba.

Mike also played a leading role in conceptualizing and executing on the company’s strategy to enter the mobility, big data, ecommerce and digital media markets.

Clients recognize Mike’s intense attention to detail and thoroughness - and his obsession with helping them achieve success even outside of recruiting. Candidates listen to him because he can walk through entire industries, helping them see the "big picture" while clearly articulating a roadmap to success for his clients.

Before joining the firm, Mike was at Standard & Poors, focusing on Applied Analytics and M&A transactions in the technology market. Clients included Adobe, Dolby, Excite, HP and VeriSign. Mike played a leading role in conceptualizing and executing on S&P's strategy to enter the biotech market.

Prior, Mike worked on the Equity Capital Markets desk of Solomon Smith Barney in NYC, helping to bring the world’s most promising technology companies into the public markets.

Mike graduated from Georgetown University with honors, and received a dual degree in Advanced Finance and New & Small Business Management. He co-founded and was President of the Georgetown Irish American Society, which in 3 years grew to become one of the University’s largest student organizations. He also spent time studying advanced math and finance in Australia and language and culture in Spain.


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