Sara Thomas

CEO and Founder

Sara founded Aspen in 1987, leading the company to its position as one of the primary global Executive Search and Board Advisory firms operating within the Enterprise Software, Applications, Technology, and Digital Innovation sectors. Sara works with investors, CEOs and Executive Teams to build cohesive global organisations that outstrip the competition.

Her specific focus is supporting companies through rapid growth, or major transformation, with client examples including Oracle, Siebel Systems, Salesforce.com, Finastra, Blue Prism, IFS, Qlik, Sitecore and CyberArk.

Working as an active thinking partner to clients and hands on with delivery, Sara’s expertise lies in architecting for growth, transformation and competitive edge, linking business strategy to people. These are typically long multi-year engagements, supporting clients to build world-class organisations primed to create new markets, accelerate performance, increase productivity and develop game-changing value propositions.

Her unique, trusted and enduring client relationships are based on continuous business value and concrete outcomes, having supported five of the most successful IPOs in enterprise tech history, alongside multiple highly successful global enterprise transformations.

Sara is also an experienced Executive Coach specialising in Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and works with CEOs, Board Members, Executive Leaders and innovative Founders to empower them to realise their full potential, as individuals and as part of high-performing, cohesive Executive Teams. As co-lead of Aspen’s Leadership Services practice, Sara provides coaching and mentoring programmes that focus on taking companies global, driving the digital agenda and building to culture during periods of hypergrowth or rapid evolution.

Her clients span businesses based in the US, EMEA and APJ and her client work encompasses Executive Search, Leadership Assessment, transformation and organisational alignment of people with business strategy.