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Diversity and inclusion executive search firm launches

Follett Parker aims to help women fill senior roles within private equity

Pantheon appoints chief financial officer

Dean Maines joins the firm as CFO and partner, as two senior operations team members are promoted to partner

Profile: Rebecca Roberts, Conviction VC

Co-founder and COO of Conviction VC, Rebecca Roberts, comments on the importance of understanding the needs of her team when building a successful enterprise

‘CFOs are embracing their role as strategic leaders’

Key takeaways from EY’s 10th annual Global Private Equity Survey

Deal breakers

A guide for hiring managers and female candidates when striving to fill senior-level positions

PE’s got IT-alent

As PE is increasingly becoming data- and software-driven, it is struggling to source the talent equipped to leverage new technologies. How can GPs incentivise tech talent to come onboard?

Ambienta promotes CFO to partner

Daniele Gatti’s decade at Ambienta sees him promoted to partner

PE short on tech talent

The gap is particularly wide in automation and cybersecurity, according to a new survey

The great talent depression

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates believes private equity firms can be doing much more to better understand, and therefore attract fresh talent

Discrimination of ethnic minorities remains high

Ineffective HR policies and lack of representation are driving forces, says Reboot

Ardian extends profit sharing to portfolio companies

The firm has partnered with nonprofit organisation Ownership Works to facilitate value sharing

RBS International appoints CRO

Wendy Phillis joins from Link Group

LCap launches PE leadership evaluation tool

It facilitates comparison between existing and anonymised leadership teams

Bargaining power

Norgay’s Mary Gay Townsend is pleased to see women negotiating compensation in private equity

Female leaders in PE outearning male counterparts

According to new compensation figures, the lack of female leadership at PE firms has heightened demand, and therefore boosted pay

Stafford Capital appoints head of HR

Sarah Ely joins the firm after ten years at Insight Investment

PE’s ethnic diversity declines

According to new research, PE’s diversity score has declined by two points compared with the previous 12 months

Comment: The dangers of an uncertain legacy

History bears witness to the destructive potential of unplanned succession, but private equity and VC funds aren't planning for it, especially in Europe. Diana Meyel, managing partner at Cipio Partners, considers the dangers and strategies surrounding a strangely unexamined issue

Oak Group makes two appointments

Oak has hired Belinda Ridout as director of client accounting and Hannah Crocker as company secretary

GP policies under increasing LP scrutiny, says EY

Higher levels of LP scrutiny are arising over risk management, talent retention schemes and ESG policy development across GP firms, according to an EY survey

PE’s DEI strategies fall short

Initiatives need to be a core business objective and not a HR function, says Jensen Partners

Diversity becomes key metric in fundraising

LPs are increasingly factoring DEI into their capital allocations, says McKinsey

New talent requires new strategies

GPs are fundamentally changing their human resources strategies as they enter new talent pools, said a joint report from EY and Columbia Business School

5 minutes with… Sita Kolossa, CEO of Nordbridge

We caught up with CEO and founder of Nordbridge, Sita Kolossa, to find out her drivers for establishing the executive search firm and her take on the evolution of PE recruitment over the past decade

Column: Reality check

You are the creator of your own reality, writes Thomas Woodland, The Private Equity Coach

Daring to be different

Having enjoyed several years of stellar growth, have Asian fund managers done enough to ensure their firms are operating in a robust enough manner to weather the gathering global macroeconomic storm?

TDA 2022: Technology Professional of the Year: Christopher Conradi, FSN Capital

Conradi explains what enabled him to achieve a number of goals in 2021, which led the judges to describe him as difficult to rival in PE

TDA 2022: HR & Talent Professional of the Year: Mandi Akali, Capital Dynamics

Akali discusses her proudest achievements and increased push on D&I which impressed the judges

Champions league

The Drawdown Awards recognise the very best in private equity operations, awarding outstanding service provision and operational leaders.

Role call: occupational psychologist

With more importance placed on the minds of PE practitioners in order for them to perform at their very best, should GPs consider hiring an occupational psychologist?

Henderson joins Goodwin

Andrew Henderson joins from Macfarlanes where he was a partner

Gen Z call for PE to boost ESG credentials

Private equity firms should better highlight their ESG credentials if they want to secure the next generation of top talent within a fiercely competitive candidate market, new research finds.

Profile: Laurent Marvy, PAI Partners

The head of HR discusses the key differences of HR & talent across the globe, PAI’s HR set up and advice for firms wanting to maintain culture in a hybrid environment

PE firms must educate non-traditional recruits to secure talent

The industry must educate individuals about how their firm operates in order to enable recruitment from non-traditional backgrounds

PE must consider generational differences when approaching carried interest

Private equity must account for a generational difference when it comes to financial incentive schemes, including carried interest and bonus packages

Column: A song of ice and fire

SOFOS Associates’ Natalia Ramsden continues her series of detailing various techniques and treatments for enhancing cognitive performance - this time looking at hot and cold therapies

Column: The illusion of two paradigms and its impact on performance

Depending on whether you’re in the outside-in or the inside-out paradigm, your behaviour will vary significantly. But only one of them is real and understanding this leads to considerable outperformance, writes executive coach Thomas Woodland

Profile: Susan Wilkins, Actis

The COO discusses her pathway from Actis portfolio company to the GP, taking over management of Abraaj funds and her role as a member of the inclusion & diversity committee

BWAM names first 40 under 40

The list was created to recognise Black women who are shaping the future of asset management

City Hive launches D&I reporting framework

The new framework aims to assess company culture in a bid to prevent greenwashing diversity

And the nominees are…

SyndicateRoom’s Graham Schwikkard recounts his journey from COO to CEO by bringing the firm’s tech function from Portugal to the UK, leading to the creation of a bespoke nominee platform to run its EIS fund

Mayfair’s CFO Pabari becomes partner

CFO Tushar Pabari has been promoted to partner, while Jenny Collins has been hired as chief talent officer

The oxygen effect

Natalia Ramsden of SOFOS Associates details the cognitive improvements that can be achieved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

CTOs: Dealing with (unfair?) pressure

Alex Tyler and Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC look at the challenges and successful coping strategies

Techwork 2022: Victor Davies, Bregal Investments

“We want to build in more automation and use data in a more intelligent way to make decisions, across our IT and investment teams.”

Techwork 2022: Marc Boullier, PAI Partners

“I want to digitalise deal sourcing, taking into consideration finance, ESG and procurement”

The Techwork 2022

Our annual Techwork report charts the industry’s digital progress by focusing on a select group of individuals responsible for this crucial work

“Every PE firm should have a CTO” - Jolt Capital

The need for PE firms to have a CTO is becoming increasingly important, and could become key to a firm's survival

Profile: Kristy Trieste, Motive Partners

The CFO & chief compliance officer discusses being a founding partner, plans for the compliance function going forward, as well as how she interacts with IR

Nominations open for the Most Influential Fund Finance Experts

The Drawdown is launching a new report, celebrating the most influential players in the fund finance market - nominations are now open

“C-Suite and non-competes in the age of the tweet” – restrictive covenants and social media

Proskauer Rose’s Dorothy Murray and Nicola Bartholomew discuss the increasingly blurred lines when it comes to non-competes and personal social media accounts

The DEI is cast

Riverside Europe's Dörte Höppner gets under the skin of private equity's diversity, equity and inclusion problem

Team recharge

Following two years of continued disruption to routines and ways of working, private equity professionals are facing an ongoing feeling of fatigue. As we move into hybrid models, what are firms across the globe doing to re-energise their employees?

Ares, BlackRock among new BWAM partners

Helios, JP Morgan AM, M&G, Maniyar Capital, Morningstar and State Street Global Advisors also join BWAM as industry partners

Profile: Devin Glenn, Blackstone

The managing director, global head of diversity, equity & inclusion discusses how Blackstone collects and measures DEI metrics, where DEI sits within the firm and what she's achieved so far

PE & VC firms failing to meet industry EDI standards

Equality Group’s latest D&I index ranked Advent International in first place for the second year in a row, with a top score of 65%

5 minutes with… Monel Amin, DiligenceVault

“One of the biggest friction points we see is the lack of standardisation. Diligence standards have emerged, but adoption remains sub-scale.”

Actis promotes Nissan to partner

Shami Nissan has led the firm’s approach to responsible investment, sustainability and impact since 2014

State of mind

The final undiscovered competitive advantage in business, writes transformative coach, Thomas Woodland

Profile: Richard Drover, Apis Partners

The CFO discusses his responsibilities outside the finance function, his 100-day plan of action to improve and enhance Apis' processes as well as the challenges of joining a new firm