Kraig Ward is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Bearhug Recruiting, a premier executive search firm specializing in helping growth-stage B2B software companies navigate the scale-up journey (from ~$3-50M+ in ARR) through the acquisition of top-tier senior GTM leaders and c-suite executives. Bearhug offers a white-glove experience for clients, including several PeakSpan portfolio partners, leading to more successful outcomes through a rigorous, collaborative, and hands-on approach. Before co-founding Bearhug, Kraig had an eclectic professional journey launching his entrepreneurial career at the age of 22 when he founded a profitable marketing agency promoting wellness services for c-suite professionals, followed by a foray into a variety of industries before building a decorated career in executive recruiting.
Kraig has a proven track record of success, having sold $10M+ of his products and services, hosted over 1.2K live group coaching sessions, and hosted several webinars viewed by 1M+ attendees. Bearhug has been a vital partner to several B2B SaaS scale-ups, having helped many raise growth financing, build high-performing GTM teams, and accelerate revenue acquisition.
An active Angel investor and PeakSpan Recruiting Advisor, Kraig recently relocated from the Bay Area to Charleston, SC's warmer, kid-friendly beaches with his family.