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Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Introduction by: John Wittorf
Graham Elton

Talent Strategy As a Driver of Value

Introduction by: John Wittorf Managing Partner, EMEA – Beecher Reagan 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 Trümpler


Christian Trümpler Senior 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 higher returns. In the following presentation, Christian Trümpler, 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

Moderator: David Barnette


Moderator: David Barnette Managing Partner – Prais + Barnette

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

Séverine de Wulf
Managing Director
PAI Partners

Ruby Biring
Head of Talent

Anna Wahlström
Global Head of Human Resources

Marine de Boucaud
Partner, Global Head of Human Resources



Hein Knaapen
Sumeet Salwan


Hein Knaapen Managing Partner, Europe – CEO.works Sumeet Salwan Co-Founder & CEO – CEO.works

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 and Sumeet Salwan, CEO & co-founder of CEO.works in Europe, having the right talent focusing on delivering the right value is key to eliminating this value dilemma. In this insightful presentation, both will share an approach for mitigating value leakage as a result of often overlooked rigor in making talent investment and allocation decisions.





Emily Taylor
Agnes Greaves


Emily Taylor Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates Agnes Greaves 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 and Agnes Greaves, global co-leader of the firm’s core & growth technology and VC & growth equity practices, will distill key themes, lessons, and best practices in the unique context of portfolio company boards.



Introduction by: James Lavell
Nick Kingma


Introduction by: James Lavell Chief Executive Officer – Euromoney People Intelligence Nick Kingma Portfolio Talent Advisor – Hg Capital

Transformational change today more often than not occurs through the lens of human capital. As a portfolio talent advisor 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 – Nick Kingma knows first-hand the importance that talent plays as the greatest value creation lever. In his view, value creation begins and ends with a well-rounded – and modern – approach to talent management. In this unique presentation, Mr. Kingma outlines how to create and evolve a modern talent function within PE. He 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.




Networking Break

Moderator: Zsolt Feher

Leadership Forecasting: How to Maximize Talent Potential

Moderator: Zsolt Feher Managing Director, Europe – Hogan Assessment Systems

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

Erin Callaghan
Wilton & Bain

Maisie Sather
Global Head of Human Capital
Apax Partners

Richard Berke
Global Head of Recruitment
Pantheon Ventures

Rani Swords
Partner, HR & Talent Management 
Coller Capital

Gail McManus
CEO and Founder
PER, Private Equity Recruitment



Anish Batlaw


Anish Batlaw Managing Director – 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 General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm, getting the right management teams in place for their portfolio companies is a top priority. In the following keynote presentation, Anish Batlaw, the managing director who leads the human capital efforts in support of its portfolio companies at General Atlantic, reveals how he and his partners have improved speed and accuracy of C-suite hires.



Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

VIP Drinks Reception

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: John Wittorf, managing partner – EMEA at Beecher Reagan; Graham Elton, chairman of the EMEA private equity business at Bain & Company; Christian Trümpler, senior vice president at Partners Group; David Barnette, managing partner at Prais + Barnette; Rachel Davis, deputy CEO at Armstrong Craven; Séverine de Wulf, managing director at PAI Partners; Ruby Biring, head of talent at Livingbridge; Anna Wahlström, global head of human resources at EQT; Marine de Boucaud, partner and global head of human resources at Bridgepoint; Zsolt Feher, managing director – Europe at Hogan Assessment Systems; Bianca Coulter, CEO & founder of Coulter Partners; Erin Callaghan, partner at Wilton & Bain; Maisie Sather, global head of human capital at Apax Partners; Richard Berke, global head of recruitment at Pantheon Ventures; Rani Swords, partner – head of HR & talent management at Coller Capital; Gail McManus, CEO and founder of PER (Private Equity Recruitment); Emily Taylor, managing director and Agnes Greaves, managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates; James Lavell, CEO at Euromoney People Intelligence; Nick Kingma, portfolio talent advisor at Hg Capital; Hein Knaapen, managing partner – Europe and Sumeet Salwan, co-founder and CEO at CEO.works; Anish Batlaw, managing director 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, a delicious main course networking lunch, and a late afternoon cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception!

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 its 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, he 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.

David Barnette, Managing Partner – Prais + Barnette

David co-founded Prais+Barnette with Sonia Prais in 2020 after leading technology practices at August Leadership and Korn Ferry.

Prior to his transition to executive search in 2017, David founded and operated ChannelPeak, a management consulting practice focused on helping companies develop and execute go-to-market strategy, build and scale new lines of business, expand partnerships, and launch new products.

David also spent over 15 years in corporate leadership positions, including serving as SVP of sales at Clearwire, where he built and led an organization of over 500 people in sales, marketing, product, and supporting roles for the company’s retail division. Earlier in his career David developed and led numerous, highly-successful retail and channel programs at AT&T.

Richard Berke, Global Head of Recruitment – Pantheon Ventures

Richard Berke is the global head of recruitment within Pantheon’s HR team. He is also a member of Pantheon’s inclusion and diversity committee. Prior to joining Pantheon, Richard managed global resourcing functions at RBS, HSBC and Insight Investment and holds a BA in Classics from Liverpool University.

Ruby Biring, Head of Talent – Livingbridge

Ruby Biring works on the growth acceleration team at Livingbridge supporting successful entrepreneurs and 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 to 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.

Erin Callaghan, Partner – Wilton & Bain

Erin Callaghan joined Wilton & Bain in 2017 as a partner within the executive search business, focusing on the firm’s technology, telecoms and digital customer base. In addition, she is the co-chair of Wilton & Bain’s executive women’s networking group, SWITCH , which operates across the UK and North America.

A social psychology graduate and accredited Hogan assessment professional, Erin combines her leadership recruitment expertise with an in-depth understanding of the science behind personality and how it aligns to leadership potential and culture fit.

Erin joined Wilton & Bain from Korn Ferry where she was part of the firm’s EMEA advanced technology practice, heading up Korn Ferry Professional Search’s EMEA telecommunications specialism. During this time she also worked as the account lead for the two of the firm’s largest telecoms accounts in the EMEA region and was and part of the global assessment team for technology clients.

Bianca Coulter, CEO & Founder – Coulter Partners

Bianca Coulter is CEO and founder of Coulter Partners, global experts in executive search and leadership consulting for the life sciences, health and technology sectors. Bianca is a trusted industry advisor, bringing over 25 years experience in leadership consulting to boards and C-level teams, for small, mid and large cap companies. Bianca is also an expert helping VC and PE investors to shape leadership of portfolio companies and also to hire their own teams. Her passion and mission is to shape the teams of companies that can bring positive change – for human and animal health, sustainability and positive impact. Bianca has worked with many of the world’s most pioneering organizations in North America, UK, Europe and APAC, to help build teams that change the world.

Bianca founded Coulter Partners in 2003, and today leads a diverse global team of more than 120 highly qualified and globally connected sector specialists, all with extensive industry networks and deep expertise in their relevant segments, functions and geographies. Their deep knowledge and insight helps attract, connect with and develop the right people at just the right time, enabling Coulter Partners to have a very positive impact.

Bianca is held in the highest regard as a trusted advisor supporting clients on leadership topics and is a regular guest speaker and media contributor. Prior to founding Coulter Partners, she spent ten years with Korn Ferry as a partner in both financial services and life sciences. She started her career in banking with Citi Group.


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.

Séverine de Wulf, Managing Director – PAI Partners

Séverine de Wulf joined PAI in 2019 as a member of the portfolio performance group with a specific focus on talent, leadership and governance.

She has extensive experience in executive search with Egon Zehnder and leadership consulting with Spencer Stuart helping leaders make the right decisions about the recruitment, assessment and development of talents, the constitution of efficient management teams and corporate governance.

She spent the early part of her career in M&A and corporate finance at Goldman Sachs and as an investment professional at Vestar Capital Partners and Candover.


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.

Zsolt Feher, Managing Director, Europe – HOGAN ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS

With 20 years of experience in the consulting industry, Zsolt Feher has delivered numerous workshops on leadership, company and project management, public speaking, HR development. Zsolt is driving the growth of Hogan’s direct marketing and thought leadership campaigns across Europe, and is also responsible for strategic planning and growth in Hogan’s European business channel.

Working with key European partners, distributors, and multinational consulting companies to integrate Hogan’s solutions into current business offerings, Zsolt also explores new alliance relationships in unrepresented geographies.

Zsolt is a Hogan Certified trainer, coach and leadership advisory specialist.

Ralph Grayson, Partner – Sainty, Hird & Partners

Ralph Grayson is a Partner at Sainty, Hird & Partners. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, with an emphasis on growth companies, venture capital and tech enabled companies. Ralph is an active angel investor and has engaged on a day-to-day basis with board governance issues and funding plans for a wide range of portfolio companies, including a number negotiating SPAC exits and listings. His network is wide and deep, from university spin out groups to regional trade association and investor platforms. He is a regular speaker on board composition, governance and recruitment best practice for exchanges and sector associations and platforms. He is particularly well-connected with private capital accelerators and advisers and multiple VC and PE investors.

Agnes Greaves, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Based in London, Agnes Greaves co-leads the firm’s core & growth technology and VC & growth equity practices globally. She focuses on board and senior management appointments, advising both established market leaders and investor-backed clients on optimal organizational design and how to attract and retain high-impact and transformative leaders.

She has an extensive global network across the tech ecosystem and is passionate about helping companies think differently about how they approach their talent needs, ensuring leadership and boards are well equipped for the constantly evolving needs of their given markets.

Before joining RRA, Agnes was managing director of a private equity-backed digital executive search firm, which she helped grow into a market-leading position in Europe. Earlier, she was a general manager for Bright Young Things, which she co-ran and scaled, focusing on commercial high-flyers in the consumer and technology sectors. As part of this, she worked onsite with eBay, running talent acquisition as the company looked to establish itself in the UK.

Nick Kingma, Portfolio Talent Advisor – Hg Capital

Nick Kingma joined the portfolio talent team in 2019 and is responsible for delivering C-level talent into the Hg portfolio as well as managing the firms industry advisor group.

Prior to joining Hg, Nick spent six years with boutique executive search firm, Marble Hill Partners. Whilst with MHP he specialized in building management teams for UK mid-market PE portfolio businesses across various sectors.​

Nick’s early career was spent recruiting commercial and technical professionals within the TMT sector.​

Hein Knaapen, Managing Partner (Europe) – CEO.works

Hein Knaapen is a managing partner, Europe at CEO.works and brings over 35 years of experience in delivering talent solutions to multinational companies. 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.

Prior to joining CEO.works, Hein served in several HR positions at Unilever before becoming the CHRO at KPN Telecom in 2005. He previously served as CHRO at ING Bank from 2012-2019 where he developed and implemented the company-wide people strategy for over 53,000 employees, while reducing the HR budget by 20 percent.

James Lavell, Chief Executive Officer – Euromoney People Intelligence

James Lavell joined Euromoney in 2016 as part of the strategy and programs team, initially working across the group with the PRA division on their strategy implementation and then Institutional Investor. More recently James held the position of divisional COO at Institutional Investor, the CEO of the IMN and Derivatives Pillar. Following the mid-year FPS restructure at Euromoney, James has now taken on the role of CEO of Euromoney People Intelligence, a pillar of Euromoney comprised of BoardEx, WealthEngine, and Wealth-X. Prior to EII James spent over 10 years running transformation teams focusing on large-scale business change, acquisition integrations, and operational restructures. James has also worked as an in-house consultant for British Telecom, Equifax, and AC Nielsen.

Rupert Mathieu, Partner – Sainty, Hird & Partners

Rupert Mathieu is a partner at Sainty, Hird & Partners. He started in executive search in 1999, having spent eight years at JP Morgan in London and Tokyo. Rupert now runs the asset & wealth management practice, covering both public and private markets in debt and equity. He works with and recruits at both board and executive committee level, with a focus on secondary private equity markets, privately-owned technology businesses and early-stage fintech companies. He is particularly active in making and advising on corporate introductions within financial services.

Gail McManus, CEO and Founder – PER, Private Equity Recruitment

Gail McManus is the CEO and founder of PER, the leading specialist recruiter for private equity investors, investor relations and operations professionals in Europe and the Middle East. As a former private equity investor, Gail understands what matters to her clients, and has built PER with a strong sense of purpose and respect for the insightful, entrepreneurial and talented people in this industry. Gail believes that it is a privilege to be able to support and influence private equity people in their career choices. She is passionate about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and it is a source of pride that PER holds a special vantage point from which to spot trends, influence thinking and share best practice.

Sumeet Salwan, Co-Founder & CEO – CEO.works

Sumeet Salwan has spent the last 30+ years working on connecting human capital with business value. As co-founder and CEO of CEO.works, he leads the business with a vision towards the future of human capital management. He is passionate about working with CEOs, founders, and PE firm partners to deliver their value agenda with a talent edge while inventing new HR 3.0 models, methodologies and practices along the way.

Sumeet Salwan served as global head of HR for two of Johnson & Johnson’s business units: first, their worldwide consumer business and then their medical device company.

Previously, he spent over 20 years with Unilever, rising through the ranks from intern to director to leader of the global program office of HR in Rotterdam. He helped build Unilever’s talent strategy for emerging markets and then led its execution as head of HR in the Asia Pacific region. In his final role, he moved to the US as the Head of HR and drove a significant transformation for Unilever.

He formerly sat on the advisory boards of Lee Hecht Harrison, a firm that specializes in talent development and transitions management, and of HR people + strategy, the executive network of the Society for Human Resource Management. Currently, he sits on the advisory board of Strategic Value Partners (SVPGlobal), a global investment firm with more than $18B assets under management, focused on distressed debt and private equity opportunities.

Maisie Sather, Global Head of Human Capital – Apax Partners

Maisie Sather is a leadership psychologist and PE advisory firm Apax Partners’ head of human capital. Maisie is an experienced leadership assessor and executive coach, having spent her career partnering with CEOs and boards in FTSE 100 / Fortune 50 companies, and PE-backed management teams. At Apax, her focus is selecting the right leader for the right role, and then accelerating every management team to high performance.

Prior to joining Apax, Maisie was regional head of private equity at global leadership strategy consultancy YSC.

Rani Swords, Partner, Head of HR & Talent Management – Coller Capital

Rani Swords is the firm’s head of talent management, responsible for HR and talent management. Rani is based in the firm’s London office.

Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2019, Rani worked for Jefferies International, as international head of human resources based in London for five years and previous to this was based in Hong Kong as the head of human resources, Asia.

During her 15 years in Asia, Rani also worked in human resources with Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Emily Taylor, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Emily Taylor co-leads the global private equity practice at Russell Reynolds Associates 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. Based in London, she has worked with large-cap and mid-cap funds across Europe and across sectors.

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.

Christian Trümpler, Senior Vice President – Partners Group

Christian Trümpler is a member of management at Partners Group and responsible for portfolio governance in Europe, overseeing a portfolio of 18 companies. In this role, he is responsible for appointing supervisory boards for the respective portfolio companies. Christian has been with Partners Group since 2012 and has 18 years of industry experience in talent and strategy related roles.

Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked for Sonova (medical technology sector) and Cablecom (telecommunications sector). He studied English literature and business administration at the University of Zurich and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Anna Wahlström, Global Head of Human Resources – EQT

Anna Wahlström is global head of human resources at EQT since October 2017. Prior to joining EQT, Anna was CEO at Propell, a recruitment agency that she founded in 2004 together with Investor and Novare. Prior to that she worked as HR consultant for Investors HR firm Novare for four years. Earlier in her career Anna worked with project management and HR at StepStone.

John Wittorf, Managing Partner, EMEA – Beecher Reagan

John Wittorf serves as the managing partner, EMEA and heads Beecher Reagan’s UK headquarters.

John has led senior level searches across many industry and functional services/retail, energy & utilities and healthcare/life sciences. John specializes in building out operating groups for private equity firms, transformational leaders at portfolio companies and internal consulting capabilities at Fortune 500 firms.

John played a pivotal role in the design and development of Beecher Reagan’s proprietary assessment tool, Verity. Verity, developed in concert with Hogan Assessments, provides clients access to greater insights that enable leadership integration, benchmarking and executive develop to increase the overall engagement and productivity of senior leadership appointments.

Prior to joining Beecher Reagan, John began his career in recruiting at Employer Flexible Resources (EFR), a Houston based search firm specializing in IT, accounting and engineering in the oil and gas industry. His priority function was business development and he played an instrumental role in the start-up of several divisions of Employer Flexible Resources.

During his time at EFR, John served executives at Halliburton, Cameron International, National Oilwell Varco and FMC Technologies.


Premier Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global executive 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 its 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, multiple Russell Reynolds’ teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit www.russellreynolds.com.

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 its clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. Bain & Company complements its tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes.

Bain & Company is a 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 www.bain.com.

Platinum Sponsor

CEO.works is an executive advisory and capability building company.

At CEO.works, the firm’s founders strive 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. 

CEO.works 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 its clients both short term results and lasting capabilities. The firm’s founders avoid traditional consulting models with large change programs. Instead, they perform precision transformations with focused interventions designed to unlock value, fast. For more information, visit www.ceoworks.com.

VIP Drinks Reception Sponsor

Sainty, Hird & Partners is one of the world’s leading financial services, private markets and technology executive search firms.

Headquartered in London, with offices in Dublin, Zurich and New York, it has helped to build investment banks, asset managers, technology and insurance companies around the world for over 25 years. The firm is known in particular for its work in venture capital and secondary private equity markets, recruiting for and advising on investment teams, capital-raising and in particular board composition for pre-IPO companies, completing multiple executive management and non-executive board appoints for (and acting as an advisor to) a number of early and late-stage growth companies, both directly and for GP owners. For more information, visit www.saintyhird.com.

Lanyard Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global executive 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 its 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, multiple Russell Reynolds’ teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit www.russellreynolds.com.

Lunch Sponsor

Prais+Barnette is a female-owned, retained executive search firm and talent consultancy servicing fashion, retail, technology, and hospitality brands in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

One of the fastest growing firms in the search industry, Prais+Barnette is built upon one simple philosophy: Ego is the enemy of great work.

With an optimized search process that allows for more meaningful up-front discovery and earlier client calibration, along with senior partners that espouse both empathy and authenticity, the firm has cultivated an experience that rejects arrogance and embraces conversation, drives collaboration and creativity, and ultimately delivers more thoughtful, uniquely relevant, talent solutions. For more information, visit www.praisbarnette.com.

Breakfast Sponsor

PER, Private Equity Recruitment, is a leading recruiter for private equity, venture capital and alternative asset investment professionals in Europe and the Middle East. The firm goes to extraordinary lengths to identify and attract the right person time and again. Every day PER forms connections and builds relationships that shape the future of this dynamic and international industry. The firm has placed almost 500 people in investment, investor relations and operations roles in the last 12 months. PER is committed to seeking out and promoting talent, working with its clients to improve diversity, disseminate best practice and foster change. The firm is at the heart of private markets, and invested in its success. For more information visit www.per-people.com.

Talent Assessment Sponsor

No PE firm should begin its evaluation of candidates without turning to Hogan AssessmentsThe 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 can 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 www.hoganassessments.com

Gold Sponsors

Armstrong Craven is a global talent mapping, pipelining and insight specialist with offices in the U.S., U.K., 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 its 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 www.armstrongcraven.com.

Beecher Reagan is a global executive search firm committed to service and guaranteed results. Founded by Clark Beecher and Tim Reagan in 2009, Beecher Reagan has expanded by carefully assembling a team of specialists with expertise in the industries it serves. With headquarters in Houston and London, the firm has a strong legacy of successful enablement, connecting senior leaders with professional services organizations, private equity firms, and corporations.

In 2019, Beecher Reagan launched a leadership advisory practice with a team of expert advisors in assessment, acceleration, and succession. This practice is now its sister company, Catalyte Leadership Acceleration. Catalyte’s proprietary Verity Leadership AssessmentSM, powered by Hogan Assessments, is the only assessment built specifically for professional services executives. Catalyte clients leverage deep insight and data from Verity to benchmark top talent, accelerate leadership performance, and build more diverse and resilient teams.

Today, Beecher Reagan is a premier executive search firm with a tightly woven network, allowing the firm to be just one step away from the right people for every opportunity. For more information, visit www.beecherreagan.com.

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 corp.boardex.com.

Catalyte is a leadership acceleration and advisory firm. The firm is focused on maximizing the potential of executive talent. It brings together science and data with deep leadership understanding to drive growth and performance improvements that you can actually measure.

The firm sparks measurable performance acceleration in leaders and teams. The professional services and private equity firms Catalyte works with protects their investments in top talent and drives sustainable practice growth.

Catalyte’s proprietary Verity Leadership Assessment™ is at the core of everything they do. Powered by Hogan Assessments, Verity™ is the only assessment built specifically for professional services executives. The firm’s clients leverage deep insight and data from Verity™ to benchmark top talent, accelerate leadership performance, and build more diverse and resilient teams.

Catalyte makes a material impact for the clients it serves. Their people have shaped the path and impact of high-level consulting and leadership talent for decades. Catalyte’s insights and algorithms are the product of more than 20 years of consistent results and real-world application. For more information, visit www.catalyteleadership.com.

For two decades Coulter Partners has been trusted globally by the boards, executive leadership teams and investors in the life sciences, health and technology sectors, to bring them expert advice, leadership consulting, board and executive search services. The firm’s mission is to help build a safer, more sustainable world in which brilliant teams inspire positive change for everyone through science, technology, and innovation. Coulter Partners’ team of 120+ operates in 40+ countries from 14 offices across North America, UK, Europe and APAC, collaborating with a “one team” approach designed to ensure productive exchange of ideas, knowledge, and global connections. Each year the firm undertakes over 400 leadership assignments and its sector-bespoke leadership & assessment practice provides expertise to support individual, team and organizational growth, aligning with each client’s business strategy and mission. For more information, visit www.coulterpartners.com.

Wilton & Bain, which provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services, has become a 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 www.wilton-bain.com.

Exhibitor Sponsors

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 corp.boardex.com.

Invenias by Bullhorn is a leading software platform trusted by professionals responsible for executive search. More than 1,000 search firms, private equity companies and in-house executive search teams worldwide rely on the Invenias cloud-based platform to transform the productivity of their search operations. Customers range from single users, to boutique firms and large multinational organizations, and include Raines International, Sheffield Haworth, DHR, David Barrett Partners, Acertitude, Boyden, Intel, Optimum Talent, Grace Blue Worldwide, Ellig Group, and Robert Half.

Invenias believes the ability to capture and leverage high value talent intelligence is central to building a successful strategic hiring capability. The firm drives productivity, best practice and compliance across assignment delivery, client relationship management and business operations.

Invenias was acquired by Bullhorn in July 2018 and operates within the Bullhorn family. Invenias serves thousands of users in over sixty countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.invenias.com.

Networking Sponsors

At Diversified Search Group, one belief underpins the firm: great leadership transforms people, organizations, and the world. For over 45 years, Diversified Search has been identifying and assessing outstanding executives and placing them in senior leadership and board roles across a broad range of industries. Today, it ranks among the ‘Top 10’ U.S. executive search firms according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Diversified Search Group is a family of search firms serving specialized sectors – and it is the largest women-founded recruitment firm in the world.

With one of the industry’s most diverse leadership teams, Diversified Search Group has an exceptional track record of delivering diverse and inclusive leadership across industries and sectors. DSG operates with a combination of specialty firms: Diversified Search, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper and Storbeck Search. Each have deep industry expertise allowing for collaboration to attract transformational leaders from across different sectors. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, DSG operates in over a dozen offices across the country and globally as the exclusive U.S. partner of AltoPartners, the international alliance of executive search firms. For more information, visit www.diversifiedsearch.com.


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.)