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Private Equity Recruiting: The Widening War for Leadership

“Transformational change more often than not today occurs through the lens of human capital. Value creation begins and ends with a well-rounded approach to talent management.”

– Annmarie Neal
Chief Talent Officer, Hellman & Friedman

May 1, 2019 RELEASE

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This latest research report from Hunt Scanlon Media examines the growing talent dilemma unfolding at private equity firms – and offers an array of solutions to win the widening war for leadership. According to Hunt Scanlon, the PE sector can expect to see an expanding bidding war for top talent over the next decade. Driving the trend: persistent global talent shortages across the C-suite in most industries and functions, including finance, healthcare and biotech, digital and technology.

Linking talent to value is this report’s overriding theme. Hunt Scanlon has surveyed hundreds of private equity leaders and their chief talent officers as well as leading executive recruiters specializing in the sector. Their expert commentary and advice is contained in this year’s report.

Bain Capital, Davis Partners Group, Korn Ferry, TPG, McKinsey & Company, Russell Reynolds Associates, The Carlyle Group, Blackstone, Apollo Global Management, Egon Zehnder, YSC Consulting, Caldwell, JM Search, Warburg Pincus, Signal Partners, TritonExec, Blue Wolf Capital, Perella Weinberg Partners, DHR International, Hanold Associates, Diversified Search, Beecher Reagan, Green Peak Partners, Invenias, Littlejohn, and others from across the PE spectrum.

According to the report, value creation for private equity firms is no longer beholden to financial engineering. Instead, returns are best maximized by building top flight management teams to drive revenue, find operating efficiencies and transform culture. While the PE sector is in the crosshairs of a widening war for leadership, reports Hunt Scanlon, that leadership is the new bottom line for PE operating executives seeking top talent for their portfolio businesses.

“Leadership is the new bottom line for private equity operating executives seeking top talent for their portfolio businesses. The PE sector is in the crosshairs of a widening war for leadership.”

Scott A. Scanlon
Private Equity Recruiting Report Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media


Viewpoints from some of the leading players in private equity, talent acquisition and executive search are presented in this dedicated section. Here, chief executives, managing directors, chief talent officers and executive recruiters lay out the process they use for identifying, and convincing, talent to move from one company to the next. This unique ‘Industry Viewpoint’ section covers a multitude of industry sectors. They all give clear vision and expertise on what their firms are doing to deal with the current talent shortage. These viewpoints are ‘must-reads’ for anyone involved in private equity recruiting.

“Private equity firms are becoming much more attuned to the role that exceptional talent plays in value creation. Increasingly, PE firms are seeking out a myriad of talent solutions capabilities in an effort to raise the bar on talent strategy.”

Alan Guarino
Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry


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