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The Lancer Group places Scott Staples as CEO of First Advantage, a Symphony Technology-backed leading provider of background screening solutions

calendarApril 3, 2017
The Lancer Group places Scott Staples as CEO of First Advantage, a Symphony Technology-backed leading provider of background screening solutions

ATLANTA, GA – The Lancer Group places Scott Staples as Chief Executive Officer of First Advantage, a leading provider of comprehensive background screening, identity, and information solutions to employers and housing providers across several verticals including retail, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, staffing, business services, and manufacturing.

Scott brings to First Advantage over 28 years of experience in the services sector and has a proven track record of driving innovation and providing strong client focus on a global scale. He most recently served as President, Americas of Mindtree, a digital transformation and IT services company, that he co-founded in 1999 and grew from zero to $800M in revenue and 16,000 worldwide employees. He played a strategic role in taking Mindtree public in 2007- the Mindtree IPO became one of the most successful in the history of IT service.

Prior to co-founding Mindtree, Scott was a director at Cambridge Technology Partners, where he was responsible for key accounts and drove e-business, CRM, IT strategy and application management initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies. He also served as adirector of marketing for Gemini Consulting’s North American financial services practice.

Scott was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Services in 2015.

He holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J.

About The Lancer Group
The Lancer Group is a leading retained executive search firm that is trusted by private equity firms, their portfolio companies and public corporations to deliver high-impact leaders. The firm specializes in board-driven search mandates including CEOs, CFOs, C-suite executives and board directors as well as private equity investment professionals and operating partners. The Lancer Group has provided strategic counsel to clients across a range of industries and has particular expertise in technology, industrial, energy, healthcare and consumer markets.

With relationships at over 50 of the top 100 private equity firms, The Lancer Group provides a range of pre-deal private equity advisory services beyond traditional executive search. These services include deal origination, diligence support and introductions to “backable” executives.

Founded in 1998, The Lancer Group is privately held and operates from offices across North America and Australia (

About First Advantage
First Advantage provides comprehensive background screening solutions, giving employers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage helps customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2016, First Advantage was recognized as the best Background Screening provider in South Asia Pacific with two Gold and one Bronze award at the prestigious Human Resources Vendor of the Year Awards. First Advantage alsoclinched the 2016 HRM Asia People’s Choice awards, cementing our leading position in theAsia Pacific region.

About Symphony Technology Group
Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a private equity firm with the strategic vision and capital to transform high-potential companies into definitive market leaders. Founded in 2002, STG has established a global community. Its portfolio reports $2.5 billion in revenue and, collectively, has more than 15,000 employees. With offices in Palo Alto, London and Bangalore, and investment companies dotted around the globe, STG has a vast international customer and channel network that its companies can leverage to access global customer networks and intelligence.

Firm Contacts
Scott Dunklee
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2860

Michael Misiaszek
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2868

Liliana Corona
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2874

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