November 12, 2015 – Appointed Partners, a leadership advisory solutions firm, has been launched by Marci Nigro. The firm was created to connect private equity and Fortune 1000 companies with qualified board director and C-level leaders. The new plans to focus on board diversity, next generation leadership, and cross-functional board expertise.
Ms. Nigro brings 25-plus years of experience in serving both private equity-backed and publicly held companies, with a focus on the technology sector. She was previously a partner at TEG, where she helped take the firm from its infancy stage in 1996 to its present incarnation as a global executive search firm. Prior to TEG, she spent 10 years in sales management with Cable and Wireless Communications, a London-based global telecom organization.
“We are clearly seeing a need for different dynamics among C-suite and board director level leadership,” said Ms. Nigro, who serves as the firm’s CEO. “The private equity and Fortune 1000 community are excited to explore progressive and proactive solutions to build optimal and fresh teams.”
The team at Appointed Partners includes seven seasoned business professionals. The firm works with clients in a number of sectors, including technology, financial services, pharma / biotech, healthcare, energy, software, consumer goods, and media.
The private equity sector is now considered one of the fastest growing practice segments in the executive recruiting industry, with an expanding number of boutique recruiting firms now servicing it coast to coast. Private equity firms have been involved in some of the most notable business deals of the last two decades, but where the action seems to be centered for the boutiques is around smaller, less well-known portfolio companies that make up a widening universe of investment vehicles for private equity firms like TPG, Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Carlyle Group, Kleiner Perkins, Huntsman Gay, Blackstone Group, General Atlantic, Khosla Ventures, and a slew of others.
Aside from the big-branded executive recruiters, all of whom devote significant time and manpower to talent acquisition initiatives throughout the PE space, boutique search firms working alongside these investment brands to provide talent up and down the functional scale include Benchmark Executive Search, ZRG Partners, JM Search, Howard Fischer Associates, 680 Partners, Bespoke Partners, CarterPierce, F.S. von Stade & Associates, Jamesbeck Global Partners, Braddock Matthews, The Flatiron Group, The Corrigan Group, SPMB, a 12-woman specialist search team at Amity Search Partners, SG Partners, Oxbridge Group, Weatherly Group, True, Hobbs & Towne, Waverly Partners, Westwood Partners, Park Square Executive Search, Henkel Search Partners, Whitney Partners Executive Search, Juno Search Group, Long Ridge Partners, Pinnacle Group International, and countless more.
Their edge, according to a number of private equity clients: quality, flexibility, responsiveness, and fast delivery of talent.
Filling talent pipelines is getting so difficult that a number of private equity firms have simply decided to bring the senior staffing function in-house. Global Equity Partners Plc has launched Kingsman James, a full fledged executive search firm which is already delivering a range of executive recruiting capabilities and leadership solutions services. “We now offer an in-house service to find, qualify and appoint those C-level people crucial to a company’s development,” said Global Equity’s chief Peter Smith.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media