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PE/VC Trends Report: Industrial Edition

Revolutionizing Talent

PE firms are prioritizing human capital and elevating talent executives


"At a recent NYC conference on talent in private equity, Human Capital Partners from several PE firms highlighted their role during pre and post deal conversations to help assess and anticipate talent needs across portfolio companies. They also enable Operating Partners to look for leadership qualities and considerations beyond core competencies that will be predictors of success. These dimensions include aptitude, attitude, and demonstrated followership to be able to attract talent to the team."

- Diane Turek Pire
Global Leader, Human Resources Practice
Partner, United States



Macro trends and new ideals are reinventing the portfolio company CEO


"We experience more and more that CEOs don’t only need the necessary subject matter expertise of the sector they are active in, but more importantly a leadership style which fosters cooperation and an ambition to grow and win as a team.  This means that we put an increasing emphasis on checking the preferences, the capabilities, and the leadership style of the candidates we promote for a CEO role."

- Armin Meier
Global Co-Leader, CEO & Board Services Practice
Managing Partner, Switzerland



Private equity CFOs keep evolving beyond the finance function


"Reaping the operating efficiency benefits from the evolution of the technology stack supporting traditional, lower value-add finance functions requires that the CFO has a deep understanding of system functionality. We see the need for dexterity around the use of big data to monitor a broad set of KPI’s, adding value both at fund and portfolio company level. Add to that the need to hire and retain top talent in an increasingly competitive environment, the CFO requires both numeracy and humility to perform in this role."

- Lorne Campbell
Managing Partner, Germany



LP focus on operational improvement is swelling the ranks of PE operating partners


"A climate of uncertainty has limited deal activities, but funds are investing in value creation, to prepare assets for exits as they anticipate macroeconomic improvements, and Operating Partners are key to driving value creation.

Whether they hire generalists or functional specialist Operating Partners, PE funds target professionals with high IQ and EQ and the “antennae to read the room” to build effective relationships with portfolio company management and deal professionals."

- Siwan Jones
Managing Partner, United Kingdom


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