Press Release
True Announces Strategic Leadership Changes to Emphasize Venture Capital Expertise and Drive Adoption of Platform Services
Published July 18, 2023

HADDONFIELD, N.J.- July 18, 2023True, the premier global platform of innovative talent management products and services, today announced key leadership changes aimed at reinforcing its venture capital capabilities and highlighting its platform services to enhance the firm’s value to clients.

Shawn Thorne, Managing Director of the Venture Capital Practice

Shawn Thorne will take on the role of managing director of the Venture Capital practice.  As co-general manager, Americas, Thorne spearheaded significant growth and led a restructuring for True Search.  Now he will apply his operations and leadership acumen to strengthening the VC practice.

“True knows the most innovative talent in VC because we’ve grown alongside them,” said Thorne.  “Today, our global presence and the variety of specializations we offer perfectly positions us to connect entrepreneurial, transformative talent to company builders from the earliest stages through to IPO.”

True’s global partners have placed 3,000 executives at North American VC funds and their portfolio companies since 2020, and built the executive teams for over 260 companies that have exited at anywhere from $100 million to over a billion in the same period.

Josh Withers, General Manager, Platform and North America Search Operations

True co-founder and TrueBuilders podcast host Josh Withers, whose strategic focus is enhancing the client experience as managing director of the True Platform, has additionally been appointed GM of platform and NA search operations.  He will lead the True Search functional practices, search operations, and client services team, driving adoption of True products and services and ensuring optimal client and candidate experience across the platform.


The True Platform consists of a collection of brands including True Search (retained executive search), TrueBridge (advisory, interim and fractional executive placement), Thrive (Talent CRM software), and Synthesis (leadership assessment and development tools).  Additionally, True helps companies fulfill their diversity and inclusion goals with business units AboveBoard (an inclusive executive platform and community), and Jopwell (the first and leading diversity tech platform for early-mid career professionals).  True also backs promising companies through its investment firms True Equity and Vera Equity.

Sarah Mikhailova / VP, Communications