Sara Thomas

CEO and Founder

Sara founded Aspen in 1987, leading the company to its position as one of the primary global Executive Search, Board and Investor Advisory firms operating within Enterprise SaaS, Software, AI, Applications, CyberSecurity, Technology, IIoT and Digital Innovation.

Sara’s specialist focus and passion is to support the global build out of unicorns and decacorns, working alongside Founders, CEOs and investors as they scale and transition from private to public, through IPO and beyond. She also works closely with established market leaders post-IPO to continue scaling up global organisations that consistently outstrip the competition.

Her work centers on building high-performance, cohesive leadership teams, building to culture, and personally developing and coaching Founder-CEOs as they evolve from early stage to public, to drive successful hypergrowth journeys.

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

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

Her clients span businesses based in the Americas, EMEA and APJ and her client work encompasses Executive Search, CEO Coaching and Development, Executive Team Assessment and Development, Board build out, transformation and organisational alignment of people with business strategy.