Christine Lee, Founder, Managing Director

cl-2018-22-copyAs Founder of Austin Search Partners, Christine has over 20 years of executive recruiting, sales and marketing experience. Her forte is completing retained searches in Products, Sales, Marketing and Engineering roles for SaaS and cloud companies. Christine has a passion for helping client companies achieve greatness with exceptional leadership talent at all levels – whether executives, management or individual contributors. She has a reputation for the highest level of integrity, professionalism and achievement in the retained search industry.

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In 2000, Christine was on the early launch team of Vantage Partners, LLC based in San Francisco, CA, a boutique executive retained search firm. Specializing in VP level marketing, products and engineering searches, Christine was instrumental in enabling the firm to reaching its first million in revenue in the firm’s history. She also drove the acquisition of new partners to the firm. Upon returning to the search business in 2013, she not only completed several high profile VP/SVP Product and Engineering searches for notable market-leading venture-funded client companies, she also led marketing strategy and new client development for the firm resulting in the firm reaching multi-millions in revenue.

Prior to returning to search, she spearheaded marketing at a privately-held mobile software company. Previously, she was the Director of Market Development for WebVisible, a venture-funded ad tech company. She also worked with the founders in the pre-IPO days at iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS), an enterprise mobility company, to launch the first product in and spearhead the security partner ecosystem. iPass was the 4th largest IPO in 2003. Christine’s early career included channel and product management and engineering roles at Siemens, Centigram Communications, and Amdahl Corp.

Christine served on the board of directors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now FWE&E), on the founding team for Springboard 2000, the first ever women’s venture capital forum. Springboard raised over $4B for 380 women-founded startups in 10 years. Christine is also a former board director for several startups, Santa Clara University Alumni Association, UC Irvine Alumni Association and the Beall Center for Art + Technology.

Christine has an MBA and J.D. from Santa Clara University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine, and is also a licensed, but not currently practicing attorney in California.