Aanand Varanasi

Partner, Menlo Park

Aanand Varanasi has been helping industry-leading icons in technology grow and build through acquisition of superior leaders and outstanding talent for more than 25 years in Silicon Valley. He and filling key roles companies and requirements all over the world. Aanand leads assignments across the software, internet, and technology sectors. Having worked in Enterprise Infrastructure for more than 10 years, Aanand leads C1’s practice in the Enterprise Infrastructure domain and functionally in Enterprise Engineering & IT leaders.

Starting his career in executive search working for a Korn Ferry acquisition, Aanand brings an inside perspective to executive search, having spent 14 years as the head of HR and head of Talent for corporations including Medallia, Palm and VMware. While at VMware, Aanand was responsible for finding leaders across all functions and locations, organically growing the teams from 200 people, through a successful acquisition by EMC, then IPO, to more than 14,000 in headcount globally. Aanand personally conducted searches for VMware leaders across all geographies as VMware opened up global operations in all continents.

Aanand spent his undergraduate education studying Biology at the University of California San Diego and studying business at Notre Dame de Namur University.

Aanand enjoys family time with his son. He frequents the local mountains, coaches a ski team team in the California Sierras, competes in historic automobile racing, and enjoys boating on the delta and bay.

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