We are an executive match firm.

We partner with founders, brands, and private equity firms to provide them with the perfect match for growth and value creation at the VP, C-Level, and Board of Directors.


“Helen and the team at ClearPath are results-oriented professionals who have breathed new life into the executive search industry with their collaborative, team-focused approach.  Their work on behalf of First Watch has been tremendous and we consider them a valued partner.”

CEO & President, First Watch


The world is changing fast.

Brands and concepts are expanding more rapidly than ever before. Competition is coming from within your category, and from categories that didn’t even exist a few years ago. You face demands to move faster along the growth curve, and the war for talent is more competitive than ever.

With so much change, you can't predict the future. But you can focus on building the strongest, most resourceful, resilient and capable leadership team to help navigate the future.

And that’s what we’re here for.



“Helen Lao and the ClearPath team has emerged as the preeminent search firm in the restaurant space. Their bicoastal reach has made them one of the top organizations in the country for senior leadership talent acquisition. The level of customer service, industry intellect, discernment and guidance is unrivaled.”

Director of Operations, TAPS Fish House & Brewery


Our mission is to build world-class teams.

We serve as ambassadors for our growth brands--connecting them with leaders they need to build their businesses. Our focused and modern approach to executive search empowers us to match the right candidates--faster.



“Working with Helen and her team has been a phenomenal experience. Their understanding of what our growing team needs, as well as a keen understanding of the industry itself coupled with access to a rich talent pool across the US has been crucial to our success. Additionally, the level of service and professionalism the ClearPath team has exhibited has made working together a streamlined and simple process even with difficult search criteria.

CEO & President, Sprinkles


We blend old school wisdom with new school strategy.

We leverage technology coupled with a virtual team to improve the speed at which matches can be successfully made. Our team approach offers years of combined knowledge, a vast network, and valuable perspectives in support of our partnerships.



“Flawless from start to finish. From the initial interview to offering our candidate the position, I felt like Helen and her team were beside me every step of the way.”

CEO, Afterburn Holdings, Orange Theory


We are industry and
stage specific.

Our expertise and focus in the food and consumer industry allows us to have a unique perspective, and game-changing insights into challenges many high-growth brands face.



“Working with Helen and the ClearPath team was an absolutely unmatched experience.  Beyond their helping in a career and professional capacity, I would also now consider Helen a friend who I could call for any support or advice I needed.  The team works hard to understand you as a person and doesn’t rest until they find the right fit for you.”

SVP Brand Strategy & Innovation, First Watch