The Executive Profile

The Executive Profile – The Who and Why?

The type of Operating Executive that Private Equity tend to be attracted to usually conforms to one of four profiles:

Chairman / CEO

  • Superb network; obvious gravitas
  • Often looking to leverage network, co-invest, add value in due diligence, take board roles.
  • Help navigate a deal over the line.

Executive Leader

  • Consistent track record of success
  • Career on upward path
  • Often seeking to move into first time CEO/Chairman role
  • Culturally attuned to working with PE. May have worked more recently in board / advisory and pre deal due diligence situations
  • Could be an Entrepreneur or have similar instincts to one
  • Usually higher risk v reward motivation than the serial Board Executive.

Domain Expert

  • Strong, world class, best in class functional experience and discipline (e.g. IT, Supply Chain; HR, etc.)
  • Deep Market segmentation expertise and insight
  • Thought leader, often with strong innovation attributes

‘The Entrepreneur’

  • CEO or Team of Executives with natural; entrepreneurial instincts
  • Superb market insight, know how and access
  • Looking at higher reward, accepting of higher risk
  • Demonstrable recent track record of impressive value creation
  • Idea driven and lateral thinking

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Independent Investor and Advisor

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