June 3, 2020, New York, NY: Raines International, one of the country’s leading executive search firms, announced today that Mr. Lylan Masterman has joined as the first member of the company’s Advisory Board. Based in New York City, Mr. Masterman has 15 years of experience leading product and engineering organizations, most notably having worked at aQuantive, acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 billion. As a member of Raines’ Advisory Board, he will be a key resource for the Marketplace platform led by Matt Seiler, while also supporting the firm’s Technology and Innovation Practice focused on “Difference Makers.”
Mr. Masterman, an experienced venture capitalist, has an accomplished background in technology leadership roles and venture investing. As a VC, Mr. Masterman evaluates the technology capabilities of investment opportunities and determines the scaling, growth and expansion potential for entrepreneurs. Mr. Masterman has previously served as the head of Product and Engineering of several VC-funded companies and has held several board advisory roles, including Board Member at Drop and Unacast.
“I have always been deeply impressed with Lylan’s knowledge of the global tech ecosystem, especially across Silicon Valley, NYC, and throughout Canada,” said Dan Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Raines. “We’ve relied on Lylan’s perspective for countless assignments on behalf of our clients, and now we’re ready to benefit from his expertise for our own initiatives as well. As we’ve become a truly tech-enabled firm with proprietary technology like Marketplace, it is critical that we have an expert like Lylan help us evaluate different forks in the road.”
Mr. Masterman is a 2016 graduate of The Kauffman Fellows, a two-year educational, networking, and leadership development program in Venture Capital. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. In 2019, he was named one of NYC’s top 50 Tech Influencers by AlleyWatch.
Mr. Masterman said: “Executive search remains an industry that has not been drastically transformed by technology. Dan’s vision to be a leader in disrupting his industry demonstrates remarkable forward-thinking. I look forward to advising the team at Raines on the best practices of the startup world as they build their technology platform.”
Raines also announced today the addition of Mr. Wayne Worthington, who joins the firm as a Vice President in Dallas, TX. Mr. Worthington joins from Korn Ferry, where he was Senior Associate in the Global Technology Practice. Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Worthington served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and the Fundamentals of Engineering.
The additions further strengthen Raines’ Innovation & TMT Practice led by Mr. John Keller, who joined in 2019. Dr. Scott Thomas also recently joined the firm as Head of the Leadership and Organizational Transformation Practice, having led similar programs for Google, GE Digital, and McKinsey.
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