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Tapping Into Interim Executive Sales Talent with Henning Schwinum

May 8, 2024
By Cara ChatellierMay 8, 2024


In the latest episode of MetaPod, host Ron Crabtree and guest Henning Schwinum, delve into the realm of interim executive sales talent and its impact on organizational growth. With Henning’s extensive experience in sales leadership and his role as Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Vendux, a platform dedicated to matching fractional and interim sales executives with opportunities, the episode provides valuable insights for CEOs and business leaders looking to boost their profits and navigate growth challenges.

Recognizing the Need for Interim Executive Sales Talent

Ron and Henning highlight common dilemmas faced by CEOs including driving growth and exploring new markets. Drawing from his 25 years of experience in sales leadership, Henning emphasizes the significance of interim executive talent in resolving these challenges, particularly in scenarios involving market entry or transformation initiatives. Interim executives play a pivotal role in driving profitability and fostering organizational change.

Diagnosing the Need for Interim Talent

Henning outlines three key scenarios where tapping into interim executive sales talent becomes imperative:

  • Growth Challenges: Companies experiencing stagnant growth or facing obstacles in scaling their business operations.
  • Transition Phases: These phases may include the transition from founder-led sales to professional sales leadership to facilitate sustainable growth.
  • Transformation Initiatives: Organizations seeking to adapt and innovate in response to evolving market dynamics, aiming to propel growth to new heights. 

Key Steps to Success

The following actionable steps will help organizations leverage interim talent effectively:

  • Understanding Current Challenges: Organizations should conduct a thorough diagnostic to identify any existing roadblocks and opportunities for improvement.
  • Setting Benchmarks for Success: Establish clear performance metrics and benchmarks early on in your processes to gauge progress and measure success. 
  • Planning for Transition: Anticipate the eventual transition from interim to full-time leadership, ensuring a smooth handover and sustainable growth trajectory.

Overcoming Misconceptions

Henning addresses common reservations about engaging interim talent, particularly in sales leadership roles. He emphasizes the strategic value of fractional executives and underscores the importance of aligning talent requirements with specific business needs. By fractionalizing job functions and leveraging interim talent strategically, organizations can optimize their resources and drive tangible results while maintaining flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

Connect and Learn More

To delve deeper into Vendux and what they do, visit If you want to learn more about Vendux or have further questions about sales leadership and fractional talent, visit or connect with Henning on LinkedIn


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About Cara Chatellier

Cara Chatellier is a digital marketing strategist & content writer. She lives in the Boston area and has worked with MetaExperts since October 2018. She loves travel, wine tastings, and podcasts.

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