Taru Oksman – Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Taru’s role spans both Riverhouse Partners and Riverhouse Solutions. She works across all practice areas on key strategic hires, particularly in challenging locations. At Riverhouse Partners, her remit encompasses leadership and country head roles across global emerging and frontier markets as well as developed markets C-suite roles and division heads. Her track record spans the sell and buy-sides including portfolio companies, and extends to very senior level infrastructure, management and legal hires.

Taru’s experience and contacts at this level provide valuable input in the acquisition work of Riverhouse Solutions, particularly in relation to the hurdles facing businesses looking to expand into new geographies. Having started and built two businesses she has relevant first-hand knowledge and understanding of the challenges business leaders can face. She has particular experience of working with private equity companies, both with their acquisition and portfolio teams and the portfolio companies themselves.

With over 20 years of search experience in Europe and in emerging and frontier markets, Taru has an exceptional understanding of the respective business cultures and the complexities of attracting and promoting talent in diverse regions globally. This has enabled her to advise on multiple cross-border roles between new growth economies including China-Europe, Middle East-Russia and China-Africa. Having been among the first on the ground in Russia, Kazakhstan and the Middle East, Taru is uniquely positioned to provide tailored human capital advisory and consultancy services to clients looking to enter and build in nascent markets.

Taru started her career working on early stage private equity opportunities in Russia and the Ukraine. She studied Russian and International Affairs at Columbia University in New York and speaks Russian in addition to her native Finnish.