VP of Executive Talent

Marian Pond

I love learning about new companies and sectors, and helping them scale into high-growth, successful businesses.

As Lightspeed’s vice president of executive talent, Marian is passionate about building world-class teams and collaborative relationships.

She started her career as an attorney in the private equity group of various global law firms, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance law.

“It was a privilege to partner with entrepreneurs from around the world and to help them build companies that would have an impact on our generation,” she says. “I love learning about new companies and sectors, and helping them scale into high-growth, successful businesses.”

But ultimately, she found herself most passionate about discovering people of immense talent and placing them where those talents could flourish. That’s when she transitioned into executive search at Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search firm in San Francisco.

“I specifically requested to join the venture capital group,” she says, “and I began to place a lot of amazing executives into VC-backed companies.”

After a year and a half at Heidrick & Struggles, Marian joined Lightspeed in 2016. She says a big draw of the job was working with great investors and innovative companies. But as someone who lived on four continents before the age of 30, it was the breadth and diversity of Lightspeed’s work that really attracted her to the firm.

“I love the fact that Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer companies, and that we truly have a global footprint,” she says. “Traveling the world has definitely made me more curious and open-minded, and I think these traits serve me well working in the venture capital industry.”

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