Riviera Partners Welcomes Ryan Polich as Director

on 06 | 13 | 2024

Riviera Partners, a leading executive search firm specializing in technology leadership placements, is excited to welcome Ryan Polich as a Director in its Public practice. With over two decades of experience in executive search, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the technology, industrial, healthcare, and life sciences sectors. Ryan will be aligned with Riviera’s Public practice and will leverage his deep experience in tech recruiting and extensive network of public and private equity clients. 

Ryan began his career at Heidrick & Struggles in their Global Technology Practice during the dynamic dot-com bubble era. His passion for the global political economy and strategic problem-solving led him to pursue an advanced degree in international relations. Even as a grad student, Ryan’s talent for recruitment shone through, leading to the launch of a successful search boutique focused on policy and public affairs in Washington, DC. This role provided Ryan with a front-row seat to the innovation shaping the healthcare and tech sectors. 

Inspired by the tech boom, Ryan moved to Silicon Valley, where he led a tech boutique that scaled 10x, driven by the transformative power of cloud computing. His deep appreciation for high-quality search work, global clientele, and world-class colleagues flourished during his tenure at Calibre One. There, Ryan specialized in transformational searches for companies embracing new technologies, and he led their Data, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence practice. 

Ryan’s track record includes landmark placements including building a digital business for a Fortune 500 life sciences company and reorganizing the executive team for a high-profile mid-sized data platform company. Ryan has focused on C-level executive searches and their direct reports in product, engineering, and sales. His robust portfolio includes enterprise SaaS, life sciences, IoT, and industrial technology sectors. 

“We’re thrilled to have Ryan join Riviera and continue to leverage his expertise and robust network to connect exceptional leaders with our public and late-stage clients, said Michael A. Morell, Co-founder and Managing Partner. “His ability to find and align top talent with strategic business goals has consistently driven high business value and individual success.” 

Riviera has specialized in placing technology leaders in the most successful start-ups and enterprises since 2002. Riviera is a partner at all private and public company growth stages and has completed thousands of searches, partnering with world-class venture capital and private equity firms to provide top technology and product leadership to their portfolio companies across all major technology hubs and brands. The specialized recruiting firm is defining the modern era of executive search by combining deep recruiting expertise with innovative AI and machine learning technology to score, predict, and match the best candidate for a company’s specific needs and stage. 



Riviera Partners is a global driver of innovation for today’s most influential companies – expertly placing executive talent in the crucial areas of IT, software engineering, product management, security, AI, and design. Riviera combines over two decades of recruiting expertise with a proprietary platform that uses machine learning to score and predict the best candidate for a company’s specific needs, driving successful outcomes. As a result, the company has become the go-to talent partner for leading private equity investors, venture capitalists, public companies, and technology innovators. Learn more about Riviera Partners at www.rivierapartners.com, and follow us on LinkedIn.