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We have placed entrepreneurial executives in roles including business development, CxO, engineering, finance, marketing, operations, product management, professional services and sales.
Our Process

…what we wanted to do was create an environment where not only were the people talented–and I think that is very important, so I can rely on your competence and your industry to do your part of the job, so we can work together as a team, so I can trust you.

Larry Ellison

Lou Sarto


Lou Sarto, founder of executive search firm Sarto Associates.

After completing his Chemistry Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lou immediately joined high-tech startup, Chromatix. In his corporate career, he has held management positions in applications research, product management, worldwide marketing, North American sales, and executive recruitment. Lou’s employers, including Chromatix, Pacific Scientific, and NexTag, experienced liquidity events with significant EBITA multiples and aggregate valuation exceeding $2B.

Entrepreneurs in high-growth IT startups and their venture capital/private equity investors choose Sarto Associates for executive search because Lou shares the same ethos. High-tech at the core, Lou has lived the life of an entrepreneur and understands the attributes that define executive intelligence, managerial competence, and functional excellence. Trustworthy in delivery, Lou and Sarto Associates have completed hundreds of successful executive searches.

Lou has made angel investments since 2000, is a member of the angel investing group, Silicom Ventures, and is Limited Partner in a Bay Area Venture Capital Firm.