Our Approach

Placing Leaders at the Intersection of Strategy and Analytics

Modern Analytics and Recruiting

Lingua Franca: A common or trade language used between people who do not share a native language. We speak the common language of data and analytics.

Analytics today are revolutionizing traditional organizational structures. Rather than vision being driven exclusively from the top, some of the most important insights and strategic changes are emerging from data driven discoveries at every level. The right leaders and analysts can drive disproportionate value and accelerated growth in an organization, and the wrong ones can have long-term negative effects.  Organizations that aspire to rise and remain above their peers will need strong talent at all ranks.

Just as data and technology have transformed how businesses make decisions, they have transformed how to source top talent.  The challenge is no longer just how to network to find good candidates that are interested in a role.  Today, great search partners need to be able to define the roles that make the most impact and then combine a strong network with the ability to effectively mine the massive amount of information now available to find the ideal candidates for those roles.

Who We Are

Lingua Franca is a boutique retained executive and professional level search firm that places leaders in strategic roles that are driven by strong data and analytics.

We are former industry executives and consultants with more than 20 years of executive, analytical and advisory experience with large and small firms where strong analytics are a foundation for success.

This practical experience allows us to understand and define the essential skills and competencies needed to drive distinct value in industries and companies that demand strong analytical capabilities.

What We Do

We partner with you to define which skills and competencies would most benefit your organization and how to structure roles to attract top talent and maximize their impact.  We then draw on an exclusive candidate network and refined search approach honed over the last 20+ years to identify exceptionally qualified people to fill these positions.

We can speak to candidates with a refreshing level of knowledge about what the roles truly entail because we have direct experience in the industry.  This level of insight allows us to generate the kind of interest that leads the right people to take the next step forward.

Why We Are Different

As industry veterans ourselves, we understand your business and the realities of operating in companies both large and small. We believe what separates us is:

  • The ability to identify the specific needs of your organization and partner with you to craft roles that maximize the impact of new talent.
  • A unique perspective on how the art and science of analytics blend together to drive value.  This insight allows us to differentiate and balance your needs in a role between judgment, experience, and raw quantitative horsepower.
  • An exceptional ability to screen candidates that may appear similar, but possess subtle differences that can mean the difference between an ideal fit and a bad hire.
  • An unparalleled network of top-tier candidates developed and curated over decades.
  • Deep subject matter expertise that allows the candidates we present to be better informed and excited about your role before engaging directly with you, ensuring that all parties’ valuable time is well spent.

Our Approach

Assess Organizational Needs

As former consultants, we have years of experience in evaluating business models, organizational structures and the people leading and contributing within them. This expertise enables us to identify what gaps exist and how to best address them with the addition of new talent that rounds out your team and enables your organization to reach its full potential. 

Craft Positions for Maximum Impact

As former industry operators, we can design roles that reflect the reality of various environments and enable real value to be delivered. We start by helping define what the key focus of the search will be. There are many kinds of leaders and contributors with different strengths within the field and we can help sort through nuances between them to identify which would drive the most leverage in your organization. If there are multiple openings, we help identify options for how to fill those roles in ways that allow the most flexibility or value added.

Source Potential Candidates

The experienced team at Lingua Franca begins to source candidates with the essential skills and organizational culture fit. We have a network of potential candidates built up over the course of more than 30 years and with whom we remain in regular contact to ensure we have the most up to date view of their capabilities and interests.  We also have advanced search and evaluation capabilities outside of candidates well known to us that enable us to effectively identify strong potential fits for your roles.

Nuanced Screening to Identify the Best Talent

We have been interviewing and managing talented performers and leaders for decades and over that time, we’ve refined how to identify solid performers and superstars.  The indicators of who may be the right or wrong fit for your organization can be subtle and we have honed our screening process to detect these differences.  The candidates we present to you will be highly vetted to ensure your valuable time is spent wisely.

Create and Maintain Interest Through the Hiring Process

We have been interviewing and managing talented performers and leaders for decades and over that time, we’ve refined how to identify solid performers and superstars.  The indicators of who may be the right or wrong fit for your organization can be subtle and we have honed our screening process to detect these differences.  The candidates we present to you will be highly vetted to ensure your valuable time is spent wisely.

Where We Place

  • Analytics
  • Credit Risk
  • Data Science
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Credit Strategy
  • Decision Science
  • New Product Development
  • Risk Management
  • Digital Strategy
  • Operations

Who We Place

C-Level Searches

• Chief Executive Officer
• Chief Operating Officer
• Chief Risk Officer
• Chief Credit Officer
• Chief Revenue Officer
• Chief Analytics Officer
• Chief Marketing Officer
• Chief Financial Officer
• Chief Information Officer

Executive Searches

• Vice President and higher levels across analytics, strategy, credit risk and risk management, statistics, data and decision science, marketing, finance, digital and operations

Professional Searches

• Business Analysts
• Strategy Analysts
• Statisticians and Modelers
• Risk Professionals
• Data Scientists
• Decision Scientists
• Data Analysts
• Operations Analysts