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Riviera Partners Appoints Iva Messy as Director of Talent and Michael Ellison as Product Manager

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Riviera Partners, a global recruiting firm specializing in the technology industry, has appointed Iva Messy as its new director of talent and Michael Ellison as product manager.

Director of Talent Iva Messy has an extensive background in human empowerment. Most recently, she was human resources manager at Stanford Management Company (SMC), the professional organization responsible for investing approximately $20 billion of endowment and other financial assets for Stanford University. Here, she played an integral part building and promoting a collaborative culture on staff-related issues, policies, programs and processes. Previously in her career, Messy was with the NBA franchise Brooklyn Nets, previously known as Nets Basketball. Her diverse background also includes time spent as a professional tennis player.

Michael Ellison, the new product manager at Riviera Partners, has a variety of responsibilities drawing heavily on his experience as a three-time entrepreneur. Ellison founded his first company at 19 and was invited to speak at Harvard Business School on social entrepreneurship at age 20. Over the next six years, he helped found three additional companies. Prior to joining Riviera Partners, he played an instrumental role in the startups Class Metric and Opez and was a partner in Goodzuma, a crowdsourcing platform that promotes time-efficient collaboration among senior creative executives.

Michael and Iva join Riviera as the firm expands its effort to evolve the recruiting sector through use of technology services and data analysis. The company is focusing investment and resources on these areas to further enhance its growth opportunities, as well as to achieve its overall objective of providing the best service to clients and candidates.

About Riviera Partners

Riviera Partners is a global recruiting firm specializing in the technology industry. The company provides clients with optimal placements by combining recruiter interactions and experience with data-driven findings about candidates.

Riviera has created a unique approach for recruiting services that combines recruiters’ insight with its proprietary data system, the Riviera Index, to predict the best candidate match for its clients. The Index includes curated data (recruiter assessments), analytics and a scoring system based on a specific set of objective metrics. This data ensures every Riviera recruiter has shared intelligence from the entire company and its extended network, versus just an individual’s perspective.

Recognized by venture capitalists, tech companies and the media as a top recruiting services firm in the Bay Area, Riviera provides the reach and relationships of a large search organization with the feel of a specialized, boutique provider. Industry veterans Michael A. Morell and Ali Behnam founded the firm in 2002. For more information, visit

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Source: Riviera Partners