Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Graham Elton

Talent Strategy As a Driver of Value

Graham Elton Chairman, EMEA Private Equity Business – Bain & Company

Fit-for-purpose portfolio company leadership is critical to delivering strong returns, but selecting the right executive talent remains elusive. A frequent source of value dilution is the lack of a direct connection between the value creation plan and the leadership talent strategy. Based on his experience as an advisor to PE firms and chairman of portfolio companies, Graham Elton, chairman of EMEA private equity at Bain & Company, examines how companies can drive investment returns by aligning their talent management programs to the value creation plan.



Christian Truempler


Christian Truempler Vice President – Partners Group

While private equity rightfully takes pride in attracting and employing the best and the brightest in the workforce, talent – and how to manage it – remains a relatively underdeveloped skillset. Investment firms that manage portfolio talent right leverage this skillset better than most others to achieve better returns. In the following presentation, Christian Truempler, vice president at Partners Group, outlines how his firm applies an active ownership model to lure and retain top notch industry leaders onto their portfolio company boards. He examines how these ‘boardroom operators’ team up with the management teams of the firm’s portfolio companies to advance their businesses, and drive superior returns.




Networking Break



Integrating new hires is a critical component of the recruiting process for every organization. But since the pandemic, onboarding has taken on new significance as workplace dynamics shift to leaner teams embedded in hybrid work environments. For private equity firms, modern day ‘organizational socialization’ is reshaping integration strategies by maximizing employee engagement, thereby minimizing turnover. This expert panel of top talent and recruitment professionals will discuss the most effective measures that PE firms are implementing to ensure a seamless integration process.

Rachel Davis
Joint Managing Director
Armstrong Craven

Stephen Dando
Managing Director, Private Equity
Bain Capital

Ruby Biring
Head of Talent



Scott Gregory

Leadership Forecasting: How to Maximize Talent Potential

Scott Gregory CEO – Hogan Assessments

PE firms are experts at determining expected rates of return on their investments. Putting the right talent in the right place to drive that return hasn’t come as easily. To avoid bad hires, maximize talent potential and seamlessly match candidate values with company culture, talent assessments often decode the intricacies of candidates’ behaviors and lead to optimal hires. The following panel comprised of talent experts from the PE sector, organization performance consulting, and executive search explore how private equity firms evaluate and develop talent and examine ways in which they determine return on talent decisions and investments.

Bianca Coulter
CEO & Founder
Coulter Partners

Jonathan Guest
Wilton & Bain

Lisa Telford
Portfolio Talent Director
Montagu PE

Lauren Sohmer
Managing Director, Human Resources
Ares Management Corporation





Emily Taylor


Emily Taylor Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

The accelerating evolution in portfolio company governance has been driven by the confluence of several factors, including legislation, LP pressure, and the relentless pursuit of competitive advantage. While GPs have historically been the dominant voices on portfolio company boards, they are increasingly folding in fresh perspectives and expertise by appointing independent non-executive directors. As a critical part of the arsenal for mitigating risk and creating value, directors are being appointed at unprecedented rates. Drawing from Russell Reynolds Associates’ extensive experience as a market-leading board advisory and search partner to private and public companies, Emily Taylor, global co-leader of the firm’s private equity practice, will distill key themes, lessons, and best practices in the unique context of portfolio company boards.



Elizabeth Wallace


Elizabeth Wallace Head of Portfolio Talent – Hg Capital

Transformational change today more often than not occurs through the lens of human capital. As head of portfolio talent at Hg – a leading European investor with nearly $40 billion in funds under management and a portfolio comprising over 50,000 employees across the U.K., U.S., and Europe –Elizabeth Wallace knows first-hand the importance that talent plays as the greatest value creation lever. In her view, value creation begins and ends with a well-rounded – and modern – approach to talent management. In this unique presentation, Ms. Wallace outlines how to create and evolve a modern talent function within PE. She will examine the shift from tactical to a business critical strategic function and explore why talent is the strategic differentiator for organizations undergoing growth and transformational change.



Hein Knaapen


Hein Knaapen Managing Partner, Europe –

Most operating partners at private equity firms apply significant rigor to strategic and capital investment and allocation decisions. That same rigor is not always applied to talent investment and people allocation judgments. This results in value leakage, whereby portfolio companies fail to realize the expected value implied in the investment thesis. According to Hein Knaapen, managing partner of in Europe, having the right talent focusing on delivering the right value is key to eliminating this value dilemma. In this insightful presentation, he will share an approach for mitigating value leakage as a result of often overlooked rigor in making talent investment and allocation decisions.



Anish Batlaw

Why “Time to Hire” for PE Chiefs is Critical

Anish Batlaw Operating Partner – General Atlantic

Every company tapping new C-level talent wants both quality and efficiency – the more quickly successful candidates are put in place the faster a portfolio company can begin to see positive results. For this leading PE firm, getting top management teams in place for their portfolio businesses has become nothing short of an obsession. In the following keynote presentation, Anish Batlaw, the operating partner who leads the human capital efforts in support of its portfolio companies at General Atlantic, reveals how he and his talent colleagues have improved speed and accuracy of C-suite hires. Mr. Batlaw then examines the significant impact installing the right management team has during the first six months of an investment.



Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

Private equity takes pride in attracting and employing the best and the brightest talent available. But transformational change is underway across the sector – and that is putting a renewed focus on the value of human capital – and a new focus on why recruiting world class leadership is now more important than ever to drive superior returns. Hunt Scanlon Media is convening hundreds of private equity leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in London on April 21, 2022 to explore the link between talent and transformational change. We examine why success in PE – long synonymous with value and growth – is now tied inextricably to talent.

Private Equity Recruiting: Recruiting World Class Leadership’ will include leaders from across the field, including: Graham Elton, chairman of the EMEA private equity business at Bain & Company; Christian Truempler, vice president at Partners Group; Rachel Davis, deputy CEO at Armstrong Craven; Stephen Dando, managing director or private equity at Bain Capital; Ruby Biring, head of talent at Livingbridge; Scott Gregory, CEO of Hogan Assessments; Bianca Coulter, CEO & founder of Coulter Partners; Jonathan Guest, partner at Wilton & Bain; Lisa Telford, portfolio talent director at Montagu; Lauren Sohmer, managing director of human resources at Ares Management Corporation; Emily Taylor, managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates; Elizabeth Wallace, head of portfolio talent at Hg Capital; Hein Knaapen, managing partner – Europe at; Anish Batlaw, operating partner at General Atlantic and others.

We invite you to come learn how the private equity community is reimagining how they recruit, develop, manage, engage and retain 21st century talent.

Join our exclusive network of hundreds of PE leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters on April 21, 2022 at the Institute of Directors (IoD) of London. Our thought-provoking presentations and Q&A sessions exploring talent management is a must-attend event. Our formal sessions will include continental breakfast, a mid-morning networking break, and a delicious main course.

Institute of Directors (IoD) of London 
116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED



Anish Batlaw is an operating partner at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s human capital effort as part of the firm’s operations group. Anish and his team help develop GA’s talent network, assess and develop best-in-class management teams, and provide support on organization design, executive compensation, governance structures and in general providing strategic human capital counsel to GA and its portfolio companies.

Before joining General Atlantic in 2015, Anish worked at TPG Capital as an operating partner and head of human capital for Asia. Prior to that, Anish served in various leadership positions at Novartis, including vice president and head of human resources for pharmaceuticals for the U.S. and Europe and head of corporate talent management. Earlier in his career, he worked at Microsoft as general manager of human resources and at PepsiCo in markets including the U.S., India, China, and Vietnam.

Ruby Biring, Head of Talent – Livingbridge

Ruby Biring works on the growth acceleration team at Livingbridge supporting successful entrepreneurs and their leadership teams with their people strategy. From helping a business think through what their organization will need to look like in the future, shaping the roadmap to build a ‘best in class high performing team’, to making critical hiring decisions and ensuring they are set up for success once on-board.

Ruby has spent the last 15 years within executive search, working with large corporates and smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses globally, building their leadership capability to lead change – from market insight, planning and executing organizational change programs and assessing management teams. Her previous roles include global managing director at Sheffield Haworth and partner, head of financial services & banking, at Marlin Hawk, where she spent most of her time working with businesses on the challenge of technology, digital, data and design led transformation.

Bianca Coulter, CEO & Founder – Coulter Partners

Bianca Coulter is CEO and founder of Coulter Partners, the leading life science global executive search firm. With wisdom gained over more than 25 years in global executive search, Bianca is held in the highest regard as trusted advisor to the life sciences industry. She has helped companies appoint chairs, board members, CEOs and built the leadership teams of ground-breaking early stage, mid cap and global multinational businesses in more than 20 countries. Bianca leads an exceptional multilingual team of 95 specialists, many of them highly qualified scientists and physicians, who are based across North America, the UK, Europe and APAC. Drawing on their deep and diverse sector knowledge, Bianca channels her judgement and expertise to help companies and individuals make the right hiring and career decisions.

Previously Bianca spent 10 years with Korn Ferry, where she was a partner firstly in financial services and then in global healthcare. She subsequently built a healthcare practice for another American search business, before founding Coulter Partners in 2003. Bianca’s philosophy is to work closely with those at the cutting edge of innovation and creativity in life sciences to understand and support them in their leadership challenges. She believes Coulter Partners can significantly impact patient benefit by helping the industry appoint the best leadership. This is more than her business plan – it is her personal motivation and mission.

Stephen Dando, Managing Director, Private Equity – Bain Capital

Stephen Dando joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2013. He is a managing director and member of the European private equity team. He has a human capital remit across our portfolio which includes organization acceleration initiatives and ensuring our companies have strong leadership. He also oversees the firm’s senior advisor program in Europe.

Prior to joining Bain Capital Private Equity, Stephen was chief human resources officer at Thomson Reuters and a member of its group executive committee. He was responsible for overseeing the people and organization aspects of the Thomson Reuters integration. Prior to this, he was director, BBC people for five years and a member of the BBC’s executive board. He was also a director of the BBC Pension Trust. During his time at Guinness and Diageo, Stephen held numerous generalist and specialist HR roles including HR director Europe, United Distillers & Vintners, group management development director, Diageo and global HR director, Guinness.


Rachel Davis is deputy CEO of Armstrong Craven. She was part of the team involved in the MBO of the firm in 2013. Rachel joined Armstrong Craven in 1998 and is responsible for business development and driving the sales performance of the business globally. She previously held roles as COO and practice lead, responsible for driving the global growth of the healthcare and life sciences practice.

Armstrong Craven is a global insighttalent mapping and pipelining specialist with offices in London, Manchester, Geneva, Singapore and New York. The firm works across a number of industry sectors including technology, healthcare and life sciences, professional and financial services, industrial and consumer. Armstrong Craven clients are some of the world’s most influential and respected businesses, and are often undergoing transformational change and need to identify and recruit high demand or specialized talent.


Graham Elton is chairman of Bain & Company’s EMEA private equity business and is based in the London office. He is also a leader in the firm’s media practice.

Graham has extensive commercial due diligence experience for private equity and corporate clients across numerous industries and geographies, and merger integration and business carve-out experience in media, retail, consumer and business services. His experience also includes corporate strategy, performance improvement programs, turnaround situations, business transformation and customer and channel strategies.

In addition to his work with Bain, Graham serves as chairman of Lane Clark & Peacock, Pageant Media, Capital Economics and SLR Consulting. He is also a board member of Now Teach and National Youth Theatre.

Prior to joining Bain in 2001, Graham was a partner at Evolution Global Partners where he evaluated deals in media, financial services, consumer and technology sectors; chief executive officer at Miller Freeman UK (now part of United Business Media) where he integrated three businesses; managing director at FT Business; and strategy director at Pearson.


As Hogan Assessments’ CEO, Scott Gregory brings years of expertise in executive selection, development, and succession to his leadership and vision for all aspects of Hogan’s domestic and global business. He was one of Hogan Assessments’ first employees and, following a 12-year stint as vice president of talent management and organizational development at Pentair, he returned to Hogan in 2013 to continue to help clients leverage the science of personality.

He is instrumental in providing expertise on executive selection, development, and succession to Hogan’s global, corporate clients and supports the work of Hogan’s global business alliances with distribution partners.

Jonathan Guest, Partner – WILTON & BAIN

Jonathan Guest is a Partner at Wilton & Bain. He works with a range of private capital firms across the technology & services market. He has supported firms in pre-deal scenarios where chairman or CEO’s are required for diligence and market insight. He has also successfully placed chairman, CEO’s and commercial leaders into portfolio companies, generally as CRO’s or CCO’s.

For over 14 years Jonathan has also partnered with some of the world’s leading Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, DAX, CAC 40 clients across the consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and software markets typically at managing partner/partner, SVP/VP, NED and C-level.

Prior to Wilton & Bain, Jonathan was a principal at Heads International Executive Consulting where he was a member of their global technology & services and private equity practices. He was with Heidrick & Struggles and CTPartners with a similar focus prior to this.

Hein Knaapen, Managing Partner (Europe) –

Hein Knaapen is a managing partner, Europe at He is an internationally recognized expert on HR innovation, talent development, and organizational capability building. As an advisor and mentor, he aims to guide leaders toward maximizing the return on their talent investments.

Lauren Sohmer, Managing Director, Human Resources – Ares Management Corporation

Lauren Sohmer is a managing director in the Ares Human Resources Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2018, Lauren was the senior HR business partner for Cerberus Capital Management in the United States. Previously, Lauren was an executive director in asset & wealth management at J.P. Morgan, where she held leadership roles in HR and talent development.

Emily Taylor, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Emily Taylor co-leads the global private equity practice and is a core member of the firm’s global financial services sector. She leads executive searches for funds, with a particular focus on senior-level investment professionals, investor relations and group functions, as well as operating partners and senior industry and country advisors. Emily works closely with investment teams advising on chairman and board appointments, as well as partnering with the leadership & succession team to help recruit and develop talent in portfolio companies. She has worked with large-cap and mid-cap funds across Europe and across sectors. Emily is based in London.

Emily has worked extensively in executive search across the breadth of the financial services sector for 25 years. She joined Russell Reynolds Associates from a boutique human capital advisory firm, where she was part of the original founding team in 1999. In that role, Emily developed and led both the investment banking and private equity practices. She also established the retail financial services and insurance teams, and worked with private equity-backed businesses at the board level. Emily began her career with Rose Partnership, where she specialized in investment banking and private equity.

Lisa Telford, Portfolio Talent Director – Montagu

Lisa Telford is a portfolio talent director at Montagu. She is member of the full potential partners team, focussed on talent management and based in London. She joined Montagu in 2017 from Odgers Berndston, where she spent four years specializing in board-level executive and non-executive appointments across technology, media, entertainment and communications. In her previous career, she worked across a wide-range of industries and geographies, including Lucent Technologies, Warner Brothers Entertainment and Canal+.

Elizabeth Wallace, Head of Portfolio Talent – Hg Capital

Elizabeth Wallace is the head of portfolio talent at Hg and is responsible for ensuring outstanding talent continues to be hired and supported in the firm’s portfolio companies.

Before joining Hg in 2019, Elizabeth worked at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, for four and a half years as head of executive search in EMEA. Prior to this, Elizabeth spent eight years in executive search. Latterly, she co-founded a firm specializing in executive search for leading asset management companies (‘AMC Executive Search’).


Premier Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. The firm’s 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. Russell Reynolds Associates helps their clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. 

From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, their teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit

Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future. Across 58 offices in 37 countries, the firm works alongside their clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. Bain & Company complements their tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes.

Bain & Company is the leading consulting partner to the private equity (PE) industry and its stakeholders. PE consulting at Bain has grown eightfold over the past 15 years and now represents about one quarter of the firm’s global business. Its practice is more than triple the size of the next largest consulting company serving PE firms. Bain’s work with PE firms spans fund types, including buyout, infrastructure, real estate and debt. The firm also works with hedge funds, as well as many of the most prominent institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments and family investment offices. Bain & Company supports its clients across a broad range of objectives that include deal generation, due diligence, immediate post-acquisition and ongoing value addition, exit planning, firm strategy and operations, and institutional investor strategy. For more information, visit

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At, they want to have a positive impact on the world by helping businesses perform better. When the firm helps business leaders succeed it elevates their customers, employees, stakeholders and their communities. was founded to advise, consult and teach business leaders the tools and approaches needed to bend the value curve upward in this era of exponential change.

The combination of the firm’s CEO level advisory and training programs gives their clients both short term results and lasting capabilities. They avoid traditional consulting models with large change programs. They perform precision transformations with focused interventions designed to unlock value, fast. For more information, visit

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Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. The firm’s 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. Russell Reynolds Associates helps their clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. 

From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, their teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit

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Talent Assessment Sponsor

No PE firm should begin its evaluation of candidates without turning to HoganAssessmentsThe global authority in personality assessment and consulting, Hogan has more than three decades of experience providing comprehensive, research-based personality assessment and consulting.

Grounded in a more than a century of science and backed by the largest and most complete pool of research in the industry, Hogan assessments predict job performance by assessing normal personality, derailment characteristics, core values, and cognitive reasoning ability. The firm’s portfolio of employee selection, development and leadership tools allow clients to better manage their most valuable assets – their people. For more information, visit

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Armstrong Craven is a global talent mapping, pipelining and insight specialist with offices in the US, UK, Singapore and Switzerland. The firm works across a number of key sectors including technology, healthcare and life sciences, consumer, industrial, financial and professional services.

Its clients are some of the world’s most influential and respected businesses, often undergoing transformational change. They have a need to identify and attract high demand or specialised talent to senior and scarce roles.

Using their industry-focused specialists to identify and engage with key people in their sectors around the world, Armstrong Craven gains insight into their markets, organizations or individual motivations and aspirations. The result is bespoke, client-owned mapping, pipelining and insight services fully attuned to their business and HR priorities. For more information, visit

BoardEx is a people-centric database and a leading relationship mapping service. Global executive search firms use BoardEx for executive placement and recruiting across board of directors, C-Suite, Private Equity, and public corporations. The relationship mapping solution also enhances business development.

BoardEx’s universe of Organizations and Individuals is the industry gold standard and is solely collected from credible, public sources which cannot be edited by users. The firm’s skilled team of analysts research, verify and maintain millions of profiles daily. For more information, visit

Coulter Partners is a board and senior level global executive search specialist focused exclusively on Life Sciences. The firm works closely with those at the cutting edge of innovation in the industry to understand their challenges. With an extensive global network and expertise gained over 25 years in the sector, Coulter Partners has become trusted advisers on leadership in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostics, health tech, CRO and services sectors. The firm works closely with the global investor community, hiring for their own teams as well as building the boards and executive leadership teams of their portfolio companies.

The largest and fastest growing dedicated life science search firm, their team of 95 completes over 260 assignments a year working from 14 offices across UK, EMEA, USA & APAC. They share knowledge and connections across the globe, as one team with one goal. To bring their clients the world’s best talent. For more information, visit

Wilton & Bain, which provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services, has become the market leader in the technology, professional services, and converging digital markets. With offices in London, San Francisco, New York and Frankfurt, Wilton & Bain has developed unrivaled expertise in technology to focus on digital transformation for clients across TMT, retail, consumer, financial services, insurance and utilities. For more information, visit

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Invenias is the world’s leading provider of software solutions to the executive search profession. More than 1,000 executive search firms, private equity firms and in-house executive recruiting teams rely on the Invenias cloud-based platform to transform the productivity of their search operations. Invenias serves thousands of users in over sixty countries across the globe, with customers such as Silver Lake, General Atlantic, Odgers Berndtson, ON Partners, Acertitude, Intel, and Tesla Motors at the forefront of recruiting leaders. For more information, visit

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Diversified Search Group (DSG) is the largest woman-founded executive search firm in the world and is a new model in the industry with a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search. With their collective resources and expertise, the combined firms have deep and broad industry knowledge with unparalleled access to expansive candidate networks. The firms collaborate across sectors to access diverse talent whose values align with their clients’ purpose, producing among the best rates in the industry for placements of women and people of color, repeat clients, and candidate retention. Headquartered in Philadelphia, DSG operates in over a dozen cities across the country and worldwide as the official U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of executive search firms with 63 offices in 36 countries around the world. For more information, visit


Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming conference, ‘Private Equity Recruiting: Recruiting World Class Leadership,’ to be held on April 21, 2022 at the Institute of Directors (IoD) of London. The full-day event will begin at 7:30am with continental breakfast, a mid-day luncheon along with a full day of very exciting presentations by top professionals in the sector.

Hunt Scanlon Media is convening hundreds of PE leaders and their heads of talent who will meet for a full day to discuss the leadership gap facing private equity firms. You’ll learn how to deliver the best talent faster and at the right cost and you will walk away with a full range of talent solutions from more than 20 leading experts who will speak throughout the day.


Discount Price: $1,475

(20% discount)

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after January 11, 2022 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)
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