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Michael A. Morell

“Michael cuts to the chase and gets business done. He was very responsive, getting me answers to questions, and coaching me on personalities and strategy to get what has turned out to be a fantastic job at an amazing company.”
Steve Wooledge,
Aster Data, Sr. Director, Product Marketing

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Michael A. Morell

Managing Partner

Michael is a Founding and Managing Partner of Riviera who brings with him 15 years of experience in recruiting, technology sales and management. Michael focuses exclusively on recruiting Executive Level talent in the area of Engineering and Product Management. He also has operational responsibility for Riviera’s fast growing Contingency Practice, which focuses on individual contributor level roles within engineering organizations

Prior to founding Riviera Partners, Michael spent 4 years as a Officer in the Air Force where he held several Software Project Manager and Program Manager roles. He worked on a number of NASA research missions and while with the GPS Program Office, he was responsible for the development of the Department ofDefense’s first joint service software simulation tool used to determine GPS navigation and its impact upon combat effectiveness. Michael was recognized for his efforts and has been published by the Military Operations Research Society.

Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The Ohio State University and later earned his Masters in Information Systems from USC. After graduation, Michael began his sales career working for Altera, LSI Logic and Lucent.

He and his wife, Dina, and their son Cesare Antonio reside in Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA. Michael is a Pilot, enjoys Fly-fishing, Cycling, Rugby, Formula One and College football.

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Executives & Leaders

Retained Search

Riviera Partners employs a progressive approach to executive search. We invest in technology and processes that expose rich data on the talent market, providing our clients with a critical advantage when competing for the most sought after candidates. Each search is meticulously planned and executed by a senior professional who is focused on recruiting within a single business function, thereby bringing deep and nuanced insights on the particular functional talent pool.

Managerial Talent & More

Rivi Direct

For clients in need of rapid scaling, we offer our Rivi Direct recruiting solution to help employers quickly fulfill their hiring needs. We provide a dedicated team and work closely with our clients to establish a targeted a sourcing strategy and full recruiting process while still delivering a full candidate experience.

Engineers, Developers & More

Non-Executive Placements

Our recruiters specialize in identifying engineering candidates that match our clients’ unique culture, technology requirements and passions. We take pride in our ability to source and attract premier engineering talent and our team is well versed in understanding new technologies and the personal needs of each of our candidates.