Partner, Executive Talent
"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world." Steve Jobs
Brian is our Partner in charge of executive level talent for Lightspeed and our portfolio of companies.
Brian Kasser most recently led the global Software and SaaS Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, based in Palo Alto. His experience includes working with publicly traded and venture-funded technology companies with a significant focus on CEO, COO, President and Board level assignments, as well as senior-level/worldwide sales, financial, corporate development, and marketing functions. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Brian was a senior corporate finance professional in the Investment Banking industry in both New York and San Francisco. He previously worked at Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers and Thomas Weisel Partners, where he joined at the firm’s inception in early 1999. Brian received his undergraduate BA degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. He received his MBA in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
A Silicon Valley native, Brian understands that the companies in our portfolio are only as strong as the women and men who lead them. He comes to Lightspeed with 13 years of executive search experience placing hundreds of leaders in many of the technology industry’s top organizations, both in the Silicon Valley and worldwide. So for many years Brian has been in the business of high stakes match-making, with the mission of bringing the right talent to the right company at the right time. His track record combined with a deep network of influencers and innovators will now be focused on evaluating the skills, expertise, leadership, and culture fit required to help build our portfolio companies for the future.
Something most people don’t know about Brian: While at Vanderbilt, Brian played Varsity Football for the Commodores and also served as the Interfraternity Council President.