Sand Hill is guided by a philosophy of partnership, collaboration and dedication to the people we work with and the projects we undertake, and we’re passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in their one-of-a-kind ventures.

  Lisa Sheehan
Founder & CEO
tel: 408.465.2325
cel: 650.799.9294

Lisa Sheehan is the Founder and CEO of Sand Hill Search and a veteran of the executive search business. Prior to establishing Sand Hill in 2001, Lisa was the co-founder and managing partner for eleven years of Optimum Executive Search with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Lisa started Sand Hill with a vision for a more highly specialized boutique firm dedicated to providing a thorough and consultative approach to executive search. She specializes on executive level searches at the vice president and director levels in the areas of engineering, marketing, and business development as well as building out these new organizations with senior individual contributors.

Lisa’s expertise and interests lie in the Internet and e-commerce/e-marketing space, Media/Broadcast/Entertainment, on-demand and enterprise software focused on data integration, business intelligence and analytics, as well as other enterprise automation product offerings. These particular areas are where she has maintained solid, long term relationships with her clients and candidates over the years.

Lisa considers herself more of a consultant than recruiter, working closely with top tier clients assisting them in making organizational decisions and selecting the most appropriate new members for their growing teams. Conversely, she only works with the very best candidates... those who have proven track records, have demonstrated a commitment to their industry, and have added tremendous value to their previous employers. In recent years her portfolio of customers has grown beyond the Bay Area and onto a Global scale.

A native of California, Lisa attended UC Berkeley where she studied French, Russian and European history and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities.

  Bill Schultz
Managing Partner
tel: 415.332.3652
cel: 415.425.7909

Bill Schultz joined Sand Hill Search in 2002 to head up our San Francisco office. Bill's concentration is on the Venture Capital community, where he enhances our already strong relationships by partnering with VC's to hire those executives and strategic staff members for their portfolio companies.

Presently Bill has developed a strong expertise and network in the areas of Social Networking, Digital Media and Unified Communication. He is an avid consumer of emergent media and is constantly researching innovative new companies.

Bill's executive search background began at Access Executive Search (where he first worked with Lisa Sheehan), specializing in executive search for the Banking and Financial sector. He then moved back to NYC to work with Gainor Services. At Gainor, Bill was the Vice President of Operations, managing Outsourcing and Strategic Staffing projects for top-tier companies such as Bear Stearns, Citicorp, Doubleclick, Marsh & McLennan and Rockefeller Center.

  Mike Fine
Technical Advisor
tel: 408.465.2325
cel: 650.799.9293

Mike Fine joined Sand Hill Search in 2001. A 16-year veteran of the software industry, Mike understands first-hand the transformational effect that exceptional leadership can have on an organization. Mike translates his experience in leadership, strategy, organizational design and hiring into highly efficient and knowledgeable service to Sand Hill's clients. Mike is dedicated to placing talent in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles with an emphasis on the executive retained level.

Before joining Sand Hill, Mike held senior management positions within development, operations, product management, product marketing, and professional services at leading high-tech companies including Oracle, Inquisit, Informatica, and Escalate. His broad industry experience extends to application areas including databases, client-server, application development, document/content management, groupware, WWW, e-mail, data warehousing and analytic applications. Mike has built teams for over 12 years, experiencing both traditional growth and hyper growth (from 30 to 300 people in less than a year).

Mike is a member of the California board of advisors for, a non-profit organization that provides resources for parents of K-12 students in support of educational excellence. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

  Avish Dahiya
Global Sourcing Advisor
tel: 408.573.6240

Avish Dahiya, a recipient of India’s prestigious President’s Award for Excellence in Entertainment/Media Development, is a Global Sourcing Advisor for Sand Hill Search and is an active participant in Strategy, Technology & Global Sourcing. Being a strong advocate of the convergence between Technologies, Creativity & People, he co-founded, and is the COO/President of, DNA Global Network, Inc. which is a Management consulting firm that focuses on “Seamless Global Execution”.

Avish brings 14+ years of global strategy & operations, software technology and media experience in sourcing business development, global marketing and setting up operations in Japan, Europe and the US. Prior to founding DNA Global, Avish was the Founder and President of CWL Global which worked with Fortune 1000 companies, including Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Sony, Motorola, Toyota, Disney, GE, Amada and Lucent Technologies. Under Avish’s leadership, CWL was built to a global team of 450, with a state of art global facility, leading to a successful IPO (market cap of $100M).

Avish was also responsible for its major strategic overseas acquisition of Oscar and Emmy Award winning studio, Vision Art, which he merged with CWL Global’s award winning creative division, Digital.Art.Media, (DAM), which earned 9 Awards internationally.

Avish holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology degree from India as well as a Strategic Decision and Management Certificate from Stanford University.

Memberships and Associations include: PajamaNation Club, TiE, The Churchill Club, SIPA, OpenBC/Xing, USTA, ISC, BMSCE Alumni and IMDB.

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