Ceferino (Cef) Gonzalez

Ceferino (Cef) Gonzalez

Practice Manager


(919) 424-1597

Ceferino (Cef) is heading Arris Partners’ Specialty Chemicals, Polymers, and Advanced Materials Practice. Prior to joining Arris, Cef helped companies fill senior-level roles as a value-add to his management consulting company, with a focus on clients’ needs in general management, senior- and mid-level executive talent.

Cef’s successes in serving clients derives from his over 25 years of successes in corporate profit; loss, general business management, strategic planning, business development, strategic marketing, sales management, product development, branding, and supply chain. He combines corporate and consulting successes with Arris Partners’ agile, process-gated search process to exhaustively and accurately deliver top talent to his clients. As the Practice Manager, he and his partners focus in placing general management, sales, marketing, operations, finance, supply chain, business and / or product development, and business process management (BPM) talent. Depending on company size and culture, job titles can be senior manager to CEO / President. Cef also specializes in placing leaders and practitioners of Lean Six Sigma for growth, Lean Six Sigma deployment, continuous improvement, operational excellence, Black Belts and Master Black Belts, including operational, transactional and growth. Through his career, Cef marketed, sold, and served and truly understands the complete value chains in automotive, aerospace, display, energy, electronics, industrial, military / defense, printed circuit board, printed circuit board assembly, printed electronics, telecom, semiconductor (IC chip) fabrication, semiconductor (IC chip) packaging.

Cef volunteers in several Research Triangle Park, NC-based non-profit organizations. He is a Founding Member and Director of North Carolina Executive Roundtable (NCER); mentor at EntreDot®; co-organizer and Director of Product Camp RTP, and co-founder of RTP Business Advisors Connection. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for specialty chemical and materials start-ups.

In his spare time, Cef enjoys traveling with his family and volunteering at the Boy Scouts of America (as Scoutmaster and fundraiser), March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), Wake County Big Sweep (Raleigh, NC) among many great causes. Cef earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University Lebow College of Business and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He’s a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (DMAIC, DFSS) and Innovation Games® Facilitator.

Industry Focus: Manufacturing, Industrial, and Distribution


"Cef leverages his years of business experience and gifts as a listener to propose solutions that others may miss. I value Cef's wise counsel, willingness to help and can-do attitude and would be happy to work with him again in the future."

Mark McClear, COO

"Cef contacted me as a retained recruiter for a position he was working to fill. I immediately felt comfortable sharing my professional experiences and talking about my background with him. He has a profound understanding of senior finance positions while at the same time never losing sight of the best interests of the clients he represents."

Rudy Leemans, CFO