May 9, 2019 – San Diego, CA-headquartered executive search firm Bespoke Partners has added Andy Caine to its board of directors and appointed Missy Weaver, Jenny Madden and Alexandra Bossetta as principals.
Bespoke Partners is dedicated to partnering with leading private equity firms to recruit senior talent at every stage of the investment lifecycle, from growth equity to buyout. The firm works with leading private equity firms including Thoma Bravo, Apax Partners, Francisco Partners, WCAS, Insight Venture Partners, GI Partners and General Atlantic.
As a board member, Mr. Caine will be actively engaged with the Bespoke Partner team to assist with building out and maintaining organizational health initiatives as well as ongoing coaching and development programs.
Currently, Mr. Caine is an executive partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners where he focuses on pre-investment organizational due diligence, talent assessment and development, and post-acquisition management for the growth buyout portfolio companies. Previously, he was a partner at Green Peak where he helped shape and lead the organizational due diligence practice. Earlier, he was an organization practice expert at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Caine began his professional career as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army, where he served as an attack helicopter platoon leader and company commander.
“I am excited to support Bespoke Partner as a board member and help expand its leadership assessment and advisory capabilities,” said Mr. Caine. “Bespoke is one of the most highly respected boutique search firms in private equity and these additional services will provide tremendous value to its PE clients and their portfolio companies.”
The three new principals are an integral part of Bespoke’s 2019 growth strategy to deepen expertise across functional practices.
Ms. Weaver was previously a vice president at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), where she worked for nearly seven years in a fast-paced client service organization. With an emphasis in technology, she partnered with private equity tech investors and Fortune 500 software companies. Her experience includes leading operations and talent development teams, managing multi-million dollar books of business, and recruiting executives for various events and consulting engagements.
Leadership Dilemma Unfolding at Private Equity Firms
The private equity sector can expect to see an expanding bidding war for top talent. Driving the trend: persistent global talent shortages across the C-suite. Nearly every industry and function is affected, including finance, healthcare and biotech, digital and technology, among others.
“Leadership is the new bottom line for private equity operating executives seeking top talent for their portfolio businesses,” said Scott A. Scanlon, the firm’s founding chairman and CEO. “The PE sector is in the crosshairs of a widening war for leadership.”
Ms. Madden previously served as a sales consultant at TriNet, where she worked with high-growth companies to attract and retain top talent, streamline operational processes and reduce employer risk exposure. Prior to that, she launched her career in advertising at the Wall Street Journal where she joined with enterprise CMOs and advertising agencies to develop multimedia campaigns and custom content across the Dow Jones platform.
Ms. Bossetta is a self-starter with proven ability to drive growth and revenue in fast-paced organizations. She is skilled in corporate services and consulting, specifically across account management and client service, leading teams and market research. Ms. Bossetta was most recently an engagement team lead, also with GLG, where she led a client service team covering a multi-million dollar book of private equity and venture capital clients.
Over the last year, Bespoke Partners conducted over 100 searches. Since its inception, the firm has completed more than 400 search assignments. Its expertise includes CEO, CFO, C-level and VP-level searches across functions, as well as board of directors and internal private equity operating partner searches. The firm’s proprietary approach to talent acquisition in combination with disciplined resource planning resulted in a below market average of 86 days-to-close for searches completed in 2018.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media