September 26, 2022 – Private equity-backed Kingsley Gate Partners has named Francesca d’Arcangeli as chief operating officer. Based in London, she will be responsible for worldwide operations. “I’m delighted to have Francesca on board as our new chief operating officer,” said Umesh Ramakrishnan, CEO of Kingsley Gate Partners. “Francesca has been responsible for large operations around the globe, speaks multiple languages, and has lived on three continents. This exceptional international background means that she’s ideally placed to lead our global operations and will play a critical role in Kingsley Gate’s growth and performance as we continue to expand.”
Ms. d’Arcangeli’s focus at Kingsley Gate will be global delivery, growth, and performance across the business. The new role encompasses hiring, people development, organizational development, and M&A. While most of her time will be spent operationally, she will also continue to work with selected clients. Ms. d’Arcangeli has over 25 years’ experience in international executive search with a strong track-record in multi-territory searches for senior cross-functional roles including board of directors, C-suite, and operational leaders. She also has extensive expertise working with multinational companies to drive growth through strategic leadership consulting and organizational development.
Prior to joining Kingsley Gate, Ms. d’Arcangeli was managing partner U.K. and Ireland for Boyden and global leader of the firm’s industrial practice. Before that, she was COO of a diversified regional investment group, with responsibility for the management and growth of portfolio companies across MENA.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to help shape a fast-growing disruptor with a clear vision for the future,” Ms. d’Arcangeli said. “Kingsley Gate’s agile approach and market-leading use of cutting-edge digital tools to help improve the quality of execution in executive search are a winning combination for clients and candidates.”
Founded in 2015, Kingsley Gate Partners recruits senior leadership for private equity and venture capital portfolio businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Dallas, it employs consultants and recruiters with expertise in private equity, life sciences, financial services, technology, manufacturing, and professional services. Kingsley Gate has completed searches with over 1,400 clients in 32 countries.
Kingsley Gate recently secured an investment from Crescent Cove Advisors, a multi-asset investment firm focused on technology investments. The equity partnership is expected to fuel the search firm’s growth through global expansion and accelerate a push into talent acquisition AI-enabled software, Mr. Ramakrishnan, one of Kingsley Gate Partners’ co-founders, has been named CEO. “First, I want to thank my co-founders Nancy Albertini and Buster Houchins,” said Mr. Ramakrishnan. “We would not be at this exciting juncture without them. The partnership with Crescent Cove Advisors is a testament to the value that Kingsley Gate Partners has created in just a little over six years. This partnership will ensure that we will continue to disrupt this industry through innovation, continuous improvement of the search process and further attracting world-class talent.”
Kingsley Gate marked the first private equity investment for Crescent Cove and expands the firm’s capital solutions for founder-led technology companies. “As organizations are reshaped during and post-pandemic, we are excited to partner with the Kingsley Gate Partners team and support the company in redefining executive recruitment through the use of technology-driven solutions,” Jun Hong Heng, founder and chief investment officer of Crescent Cove.
“The global executive talent management industry is large and growing, yet little has changed in how companies approach talent acquisition,” said Andrew Holmes, partner and head of private equity at Crescent Cove. “Umesh, Nancy, Buster, and the talented team at Kingsley Gate Partners are recognized leaders in developing proprietary and differentiated technologies to help its global client base improve the speed and accuracy in their hiring processes. We cannot think of a better time to make this investment given today’s global talent shortage and the premium companies place on talent acquisition. We are honored to join as partners in this exciting mission.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media