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Sal DiFranco

Sal DiFranco

EVP & Global Technology Practice Leader - DHR International


Sal has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive recruiter, completing more than 1000 technology searches throughout his career. For the past nine years, Sal has served as Managing Partner of DHR International’s Global Advanced Technology Practice & CIO/CTO Practice, specializing in Cloud, Digital, IoT, Data & Analytics  and Software & Applications. His clients range from Fortune 500 through Venture Capital backed start-up technology firms. Sal was named a Top Producer of DHR in 2017.

Sal has conducted a broad range of C‐level assignments, including searches for Chief Technology Officers, Chief Executive officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Product Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Chief Digital Officers.

Previously, Sal led the Technology Practices for a Silicon Valley boutique search firm for  four years and spent six years as Global Director of Executive Search and Global Director Talent Acquisition at Lucent Technologies, where he directly led recruiting for several key business units including Bell Labs, Supply Chain & Logistics, Professional and Managed Services, Global Sales, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and subsidiaries around the world.

Before joining Lucent, Sal founded and served as President of DiFranco & Associates, a Chicago based full‐service boutique search firm that specialized in executive sales management and technology sales for Fortune 500 companies.

Sal earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Mass Communications from Illinois State University and holds certifications in Negotiations from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active volunteer in the Chicago suburb where he resides.