Recruiting World Class Leadership

4/21/22 Conference

Speaker Bios

Graham Elton

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.

Hein Knaapen

Hein Knaapen is a managing partner, Europe at 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, 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.

Sumeet Salwan

Sumeet Salwan has spent the last 30+ years working on connecting human capital with business value. As co-founder and CEO of, 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.

Emily Taylor

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.


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.

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