Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor is managing partner of Caldwell’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice and a member of the technology, consumer, digital and media teams. She focuses on executive-level search for high-growth technology companies, with deep expertise in B2B SaaS, social, eCommerce, gaming and other transformative technologies. Mercedes has completed over 75 CEO searches as well as other CXO level assignments for her clients with a deep passion and expertise in helping to diversify VC & PE-backed company boards, and leadership teams.
Prior to joining Caldwell, Mercedes held leadership positions at executive search firms including Heidrick & Struggles, where she helped re-establish and run their global Venture Capital Practice; Highland Partners; and iCOM Consultants, an emerging technologies boutique she co-founded in 1999 to address the unique hiring needs of venture-backed technology companies.
Before founding iCOM, Mercedes was vice president of VF&Co, a Silicon Valley-based HR consulting firm where she established and managed their executive search practice. Prior to that, she was vice president of marketing for XL Insurance, a global excess insurance, reinsurance and financial risk-management company, with holdings of over US $13 billion. Mercedes managed XL’s marketing efforts at their head office in Bermuda before moving to Sydney, Australia to open the company’s first office in the Pacific Rim and lead the firm’s efforts to impact the difficult Asian/Pacific insurance and financial risk management industry.
Mercedes is a graduate of Boston University, where she received a BA in business communications and a BFA in graphic design.
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Mercedes is a frequent contributor to panel discussions and important industry conferences, and most recently participated in a panel discussion about recruiting talent at scale at Insight Venture Partners’ Escaping the Build Trap Product Event.
Authentic Inclusion: Foundational diversity strategies for private equity & venture capital. Diversity is a growing imperative for every boardroom, and the calls for boards and leadership teams that reflect the diversity and broader economic realities of their customer base will only get louder in future. The time has come for diversity to be a foundational business strategy for PE and venture firms and their portfolio companies. -read more-
Financier Worldwide Magazine: Fiduciary to Visionary: The Evolving Role of The PE-Backed CFO. Across the length and breadth of the private equity (PE) landscape, there is consensus that the role of the chief financial officer (CFO) within PE-backed companies is undergoing an evolution. As PE firms aggressively seek new opportunities to grow their portfolio, they are keenly aware of the pressures exerted by expansion and investor demands. Therefore, aligning a level of oversight which ensures the right decisions are made within the portfolio is key, which is why the CFO is so important. -read more-
Buzzfeed.com: Can Uber Convince Silicon Valley’s Best to Be its New CEO? As Uber looks for a new leader, the presence of former CEO Travis Kalanick on its board could prove to be one of its biggest challenges. -read more-
Caldwell Partners Places Kevin Akeroyd as New CEO at Cision. Retained executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. (TSX: CWL) today announced the placement of Kevin Akeroyd as global chief executive officer (CEO) at Cision, a portfolio company of GTCR. -read more-
Recruiting the 1st Independent Director: A Guide By Lifecycle Stage From Start-Up Through IPO. Entrepreneurial CEOs believe what they do and the products they create will change the world. By nature, they are agile, creative and comfortable dealing with uncertainty. Their laser-like focus on how to fix a specific problem allows them to clearly see the solution. –read more-