Channel Marketing Director Recruitment

Marketing Moves delivers successful Channel Marketing Director Recruitment project for Global SaaS Company in just 34 days.

Key Details

Consultant: David Holton, Director of Americas
Sector: Software as a Service (Saas)
Role: Director, Channel Marketing
Location: Palo Alto, San Francisco Bay Area, United States


When a global SaaS company faced a business-critical requirement for a Director of Channel Marketing, they approached Marketing Moves to handle the entire recruitment process.

About the Company

Adaptive Insights was founded in 2003 and originally called “Adaptive Planning” – the relatively young, award-winning business intelligence applications company re-branded in 2014 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

As a privately held, pre-IPO software as a service (SaaS) company, Adaptive has experienced significant growth over the past several years. More than 3000 customers ranging from mid-sized companies and non-profits to large corporations in 85+ countries use Adaptive’s suite of products which are sold direct and through a robust cloud CPM eco-system of 200+ partners.

Today, Adaptive Insights is ranked as the number 1 intuitive, cloud-based planning, reporting and analysis application developer. They now have offices globally including in the USA, EMEA, and Australia. Major competitors are Anaplan and Host Analytics.


With the success of Adaptive Insight’s well received applications, Adaptive was experiencing rapid company growth creating a need for increased headcount and recruitment. Additionally, Adaptive was also experiencing a lack of bandwidth in their hiring efforts due to the growth of the company and a shrinking candidate pool. As Adaptive grew and individuals were promoted within the company, the need to bring on a new Channel Marketing Director became paramount.

The Role

Reporting to the Sr. Vice President of Marketing, the Director of Channel Marketing would be responsible for marketing, awareness and demand generation for Adaptive Insight’s extensive partner network. In order to be successful, the Director of Channel Marketing would work very closely with the channel partners, the channel sales team and marketing team to support and accelerate all channel marketing activities. They would be directly responsible for joint marketing programs, channel demand generation, partner launch activities, partner event management, and partner communications.


As Marketing Moves specializes in the identification, selection and placement of top-tier marketing professionals, developing a strong understanding of a company’s culture and how that might fit with our global network of marketing experts,

Marketing Moves first started working with Adaptive Insights in the UK when it employed fewer than 150 people. Having an already well established relationship with Adaptive Insights, Marketing Moves was asked to identify and present only highly qualified candidates for the mission-critical position of Director of Channel Marketing.

The Challenge

The main challenge of this recruitment process was to identify a candidate that would meet and exceed all of Adaptive’s requirements in an already tight market for highly skilled Channel Marketing experts at the Director level.  

The Solution

After thorough discussion, Marketing Moves developed a solid understanding of the role, responsibilities, players and profile of the “ideal” candidate. An action plan was developed for identifying candidates based on candidate backgrounds ranging from education, past and current employment, growth and achievements in their careers.

Recruitment Process

The action plan included extensive use of networking and referrals from marketing organizations and associations, database mining, social media, and paid advertising of the opportunity. Within a couple of days of the search’s initiation, Marketing Moves was engaged with and speaking to candidates that potentially, would be of great interest to Adaptive Insights.

After conducting in-depth interviews and reviews, Marketing Moves selected the seven most qualified candidates for submission to Adaptive Insights. Of the seven initial candidates submitted to Adaptive, four were selected for 1st and subsequently 2nd round interviews.


After careful consideration and follow-up conversations with Marketing Moves, Adaptive Insights was able to select the candidate of choice. With Marketing Moves assistance in negotiating an offer, Adaptive Insights was able to secure the offer acceptance from the top candidate. Time from initiation of the search to closing the deal was 34 days.  


“Marketing Moves did a fantastic job of professionally interviewing and placing me as a marketing consultant with a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley. They have global connections and I would highly recommend Marketing Moves for consultants looking for contract and temporary positions.”

Lauren Duda, Director of Global Channel Marketing, Adaptive Insights

“Dave at Marketing Moves exemplifies the ideal recruiter. He does not just go through his existing rolodex to find names that fit your req but thinks through what would make for an ideal candidate. He then spends the time digging around to unearth those ideal prospects before “recruiting” them to your role. Only then does he bring back the winning candidate.”

George Coughlin, Designation Vice President of Marketing, Adaptive Insights


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David Holton

To discuss in confidence how Marketing Moves can support your organisation’s growth, please contact David by any of the means below:

c. + 1 (530) 412-2031
t. +1 (916) 474-4680

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