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Marian Pond

VP of Executive Talent

“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world … but it requires talented people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney, founder of The Walt Disney Company

Marian is Vice President of Executive Talent at Lightspeed and focuses on finding the best executive level talent for Lightspeed and our 250+ portfolio of companies. Marian works across both the Enterprise and Consumer sectors and is helping many of Lightspeed’s portfolio companies become global market leaders.

Prior to joining Lightspeed, Marian worked in executive search at one of the leading executive search firms in the world – Heidrick & Struggles.  At Heidrick, she worked in the Global Financial Services and Global Technology Practices in San Francisco.  Marian started her career in executive search at Caldwell Partners in the Venture Capital and Private Equity Practices in San Francisco.

Prior to working in executive search, Marian worked as a lawyer for several years at various international law firms.  She specialized in Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions) and Banking & Finance Law.  While working as a lawyer, she gained extensive experience working on a wide variety of large scale, multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions.  While completing her law degree, Marian was also selected to work at a prominent think tank group in Washington D.C. in the area of international terrorism law.  At the ‘International Centre for Terrorism’, Marian helped analyze and craft policies focused on combatting counterterrorism for various government and non-governmental bodies around the world.

Marian first moved from Australia to the US to complete her Master of Laws at Georgetown University. Marian now holds a Master’s degree in Law, specializing in Securities and Financial Regulation, from Georgetown and a Bachelor’s in Law and a Bachelor’s in Arts, majoring in French, from Bond University in Australia.

Something most people don’t know about me: I grew up in outback Australia on an Arabian horse ranch and love all things outdoors. I am also passionate about traveling and exploring the world. To date, I have traveled and lived on four different continents.  I am now lucky to call San Francisco home!

Marian Pond
Email:   Marian@lsvp(dot)com