Chris Johnson

CEO & Managing Partner, Product at Artisanal Talent Group

Chris co-leads our Product and Engineering Leaders Practice, and is one of the most highly sought-after search consultants in the field for these critical roles.

His story is interesting and unexpected. In 2011, he was visiting friends and family in the Bay Area to watch the "Big Game" when he met Kevin Barry and Andy Price at SPMB. He left that vacation with a job offer from Andy to join his team as an analyst, and the rest is history. Fast forward to the beginning of 2018, when the opportunity arose to build a brand new type of search firm and partner with Andy and Dalton again, it was like he was back on the same vacation six years ago.

Chris spent 6 years at SPMB, quickly rising from Analyst to Partner and established his own brand in the market for delivering high quality Product and Engineering search work for tier-1, high profile, VC backed and public companies. Over the past few years, Chris has completed Product and Engineering searches for Airtable, Algolia, Cohesity, DocuSign, Databricks, Elastic, Figma, GitLab, Harness, Iterable, Looker, Loom, Marqeta, Mulesoft, New Relic, Postman, Productboard, Rubrik, Sendbird, ServiceNow, Splunk, Superhuman, Zuora, etc.

As a former Division-I baseball player at Villanova University (MBA) and James Madison University (BA), Chris is constantly thinking about how he can deliver high quality results quickly, and knows he can never lose focus if he wants to win. He's fiercely competitive. Whether on a search, in the community or in his personal life, he's driven and inspired by the people that surround him. When he’s not closing searches and meeting executives, he is having fun with his amazing bride, Lana, and their two boys, Jaxon and Mason.


  • CEO & Managing Partner, Product

    Current role

  • Founder, Managing Partner & CEO

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