Heidi Hansen « Matchstar

"Our focus is on finding high impact players – candidates who can literally change the trajectory of a company."

Heidi Hansen

Senior Vice President of Operations & Research

Heidi co-founded Matchstar in February 1999. She currently oversees the development and maintenance of MatchStar’s proprietary database and is credited with sourcing over 2,000 new executive candidates into the Matchstar network. Heidi is also responsible for the operation and management of recruiters and research personnel. These staff members enable MatchStar to “flex up” in high capacity periods and meet the demand requirements of clients with highly tailored industry needs.

Carolyne and Heidi have worked together since 1986, when she originally assisted Carolyne with her property management company. In 1997, Heidi worked with Carolyne to launch the first Job Store, where she was responsible for the account management and development of over 50 new clients in her first year. Heidi recruited, interviewed, trained, and placed candidates in the environmental, banking, media, government contract, non-profit, high tech, and communications industries. This experience led to the development of a new process for recruiting, interviewing, and training teams, which served as the platform for Matchstar’s current placement services. She began her industry career in Human Resources at First Union National Bank and is certified in Targeted Selection © behavioral interview training by Development Dimensions International (DDI).

Heidi earned a B.S. in Business Management with a Finance concentration from Clemson University. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, and refinishing antique furniture and lives with her husband and three children in Maryland.

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“I’ve worked with Matchstar for over 3 years, and have turned to Matchstar multiple times for sales, marketing, and technical leadership. Carolyne and Tim go above and beyond what is expected and required for a search, and goes the extra mile to really understand personalities involved, and what personality fit will work and be successful for a given search.  Since personality type and fit is so crucial in a CEO-direct report relationship, this is really the kind of search where Carolyne shines above other recruiters and exec search firms who trade in volume...Carolyne, in contrast, trades in getting the personality and cultural fit right for senior execs and start-up CEOs.   I look forward to working with Carolyne for many years to come on my exec team searches.”Josh Stevens