Hunt Scanlon Media’sAvoiding Bad C-Suite Hires in Private Equity Portfolio Companies

April 18th - 9:00am PDT/12:00pm EDT

Making a bad C-suite hire is the biggest risk facing any portfolio company.  Besides wasting compensation, a mis-hire in the C-suite can result in strategy mistakes, broken processes and poor employee morale. 

But even worse for a private equity portfolio company, a bad C-suite hire consumes precious execution runway, the time that the company should be implementing the value creation plan. 

That means even one bad C-suite hire can increase the hold period or even derail the investment thesis entirely.

This webinar will explore the latest best practices for mitigating the risk of making a C-suite mis-hire:

  • The rising importance of talent and human capital as the chief lever of value creation and the resulting market dynamics. 
  • Private equity industry talent trends and, in particular, how the timing of leadership changes affects an investment thesis.
  • Securing leadership placement guarantees to reduce the risk of talent disruption.
  • Using behavioral assessment techniques for yielding deeper insight into how a leader will perform in a role.

There will be an opportunity for audience members to put their questions to panel members and join the conversation. 


Eric Walczykowski
Bespoke Partners

Eric Walczykowski is CEO of Bespoke Partners and leads the firms’ commercial operations. As an experienced operator, investor, board member and consultant, he brings a multidimensional perspective on building high impact executive teams that deliver superior results.

Tess Fischer
Bespoke Partners

Tess Fischer brings over 17 years of experience building and managing networks, clients and teams.  She has worked in and around private equity her entire career and is driven by an interest in people, organizations and the desire to build relationships that deliver results.

Michael Song
Managing Director, Portfolio Operations
Providence Equity Partners

Michael Song is a managing director based in Providence Equity Partners’ Boston office, where he is focused on portfolio operations. He serves as co-chair of the firm’s ESG committee and is a member of the portfolio review and valuation committees. Prior to joining Providence in 2010, Mr. Song worked at RSA, the security division of Dell EMC. Prior to joining Dell EMC, he was a consultant with Bain & Company. Mr. Song holds a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a Master of Science from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois.

Brian Kasser
Talent Partner
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Brian Kasser is the Talent Partner for the WCAS technology team. Focusing on executive talent strategy and management, he is responsible for helping WCAS’s technology companies to build outstanding leadership teams. He brings to WCAS more than a decade of executive search experience having placed hundreds of leaders in many of the technology industry’s top organizations. Prior to joining WCAS in 2019, Mr. Kasser served as Partner and head of executive talent for Lightspeed Venture Partners. Earlier he was a longtime partner at Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the world’s leading executive recruiting firms. Before his executive search career, Mr. Kasser was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers and Thomas Weisel Partners.

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