The name “Open River” comes from founder Kirill Katalevsky’s philosophy as well as his background. Having studied psychology and NLP extensively, Kirill liked the word association with the flow of self-reflection, creating an easy-flowing process and flowing around obstacles. The name is also from Kirill’s childhood, when he spent summers kayaking on the river, feeling the motion of the water.
Originally started in 2001 as a consulting firm for technology, Open River Group quickly moved into recruiting for CEOs and their direct reports. For 13 years, we have created a positive, lasting impact for organizations and the executives they thrive under.
We have developed and executed hiring strategies for companies in cloud, advertising (both publisher and agency/brand facing), marketing automation, social media and mobile. Our clients are both private and public companies, in the U.S. and abroad.
“Kirill listens ‘between the lines’ to understand not only the product, but the personalities and philosophies of all parties.”
Open River Client
Kirill Katalevsky is frequently called when no other recruiter can deliver. His career has spanned many areas of technology, consulting and business, so he deeply understands the people and roles that he matches.
He worked in business development at Apple and Intel, and product management for major players like Cisco and Accenture as well as startups. Early ventures included writing code for a consulting firm, then later developing an early version of job aggregator software. A twist of career karma led to Kirill restructuring the staff at a major tech company, and soon he was specializing in executive recruitment.
Good to be Great by Jim Collins. Jim Collins' book on corporate development showcases how a good company can make a path to become great. It also sets up the fundamentals for smaller companies as well. A must read for any entrepreneur.
Built on Trust : Gaining Competitive Advantage in Any Organization. By Arky Ciancutti M.D. and Thomas L. Steding Ph.D. There is no better book on culture. This is a must read for any manager, executive, even a CEO.
Strengths Finder 2.0. By Tom Rath. This is a helpful guide to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of a team, as well as how to put pair up the people on your team to achieve the best performance.
The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation. By Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson. A must-read for every sales person out there.
Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth. By David G. Thomson
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. By Malcolm Gladwell
Crossing the Chasm, Marketing and Selling High - Tech Products to Mainstream Customer. By Geoffrey A. Moor
The Living Company, Habits for survival in a turbulent business environment. By Arie De Geus. Fantastic book on future planning