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Michael A. Morell

► Managing Partner at Riviera Partners

United States
Staffing and Recruiting
  1. Riviera Partners,
  2. Whitetruffle
  1. Koa Networks,
  2. Infinity Sales,
  3. MB Trading
  1. University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
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Riviera Partners

Riviera Partners

Managing Partner

– Present

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I have over 14 years of experience in executive search and technology sales. Prior to joining Riviera Partners, I founded and managed a technical search firm, Koa Networks, focused on VP Engineering, Director Engineering and Sr Software Engineer assignments for early stage venture backed technology companies in the Silicon Valley. I felt by choosing to focus on technology related search, I would be able to leverage my BS and MS in Engineering and Information Technology and help companies find individuals that are responsible for building game changing applications and services.

I specialize in retained search for executive talent in the following areas - VP Engineering and VP Product Management. Currently open to Advisory roles in the area of Talent Acquisition and Organizational design for Start Ups

I began my business career in sales representing Altera, Fujitsu, LSI Logic and Lucent.

I have a passion for technology and working with the smartest operators in the Valley.

Riviera Partners combines the best assets of large, boutique and solo search providers -- scalability, process, reach, partner-level service, personal relationships and guaranteed results – with unique technology IP and a sharp focus on venture-funded technology markets.

Riviera Partners is the top technology recruitering firm in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New York


Managing Partner

Riviera Partners
– Present (12 years 4 months)San Francisco | New York | Los Angeles | London

Riviera Partners is an executive search firm with a focus on emerging growth venture backed and private equity technology companies in North America and the UK. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with hiring managers, founders, board members, and investors as we continue to demonstrate a consistent record for building teams that ensure the achievement of our Client's critical milestones.

Riviera Partners is defined by function with a focus on engineering and product roles. We offer our clients a comprehensive solution delivering retained search, contingency placements and engineering team build outs.


– Present (4 years)San Francisco Bay Area

Whitetruffle is eHarmony for talent. We match and connect engineers with companies.

Founder/Recruiting Director

Koa Networks
(1 year)

Founded Koa Networks to provide search and placement services to the internet, software, storage, semiconductor and wireless industries. The team was responsible for building several high performance teams in the Silicon Valley.

Regional Sales Manager

Infinity Sales
(3 years 5 months)

Manufacturer's Representative for LSI Logic, Altera, Texas Instruments, Fujitsu, SimpleTech

Top Sales Rep for Fujitsu ASIC sales (New Design Wins) - 1999, 2000

Equities Day Trader

MB Trading
(1 year)

High Frequency trading of highly liquid large cap NYSE/AMEX/NASDAQ stocks utilizing mutiple ECNs

Software Project Manager - Navigation Warfare

US Air Force GPS Program Office
(4 years)

Lead the multi million dollar development of GPS Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT), which was the first constructive and repeatable mission-level simulation software used to determine navigation and its impact upon air-to-ground or surface-to-surface operational effectiveness. It has become the de facto standard for GPS effectiveness analysis across the Department of Defense.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Michael A. is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board

Causes Michael A. cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Michael A. supports:


  • Executive Search
  • Venture Capital
  • Start-ups
  • Technical Recruiting
  • Executive Management
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Sourcing
  • Internet Recruiting
  • Human Resources
  • Negotiation
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Benefits Negotiation
  • Talent Management
  • Global Talent...
  • Technology Talent Agent
  • Social Networking
  • Sales Process
  • Training
  • Networking
  • Management Consulting
  • Team Management
  • Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Business Strategy
  • Lead Generation
  • Mobile Devices
  • Market Research
  • Staffing Services
  • Professional Services
  • Interviews
  • Product Marketing
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Sales Operations
  • Outsourcing
  • Coaching
  • Analytics
  • Finance
  • Product Development
  • Sales Management
  • Hiring
  • Organizational...
  • Cross-functional Team...
  • Business Planning
  • Direct Sales
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
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University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

MS, Information/Security Systems Management

Graduate Thesis - "Information Security within the Enterprise"

The Ohio State University

BS, Engineering

Activities and Societies: Air Force ROTC National Academic Scholarship Recipient

Rochester Institute of Technology

Electrical Engineering

Activities and Societies: RIT Rugby

Honors & Awards

Best Paper (Military Operations Research Society) - "Determining the combat effectiveness of GPS guided munitions by utilizing GPS Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT); Captain Los Angeles Rugby Club (2004, 2005), USA Rugby National Championship Quarterfinal MVP (2001); Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

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