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The private equity sector is experiencing unprecedented fund inflows and investment activity. Given our long-standing focus in this area, Egon Zehnder is uniquely equipped to help firms address the growing related demands. For decades, we have been the partner most often trusted by private equity firms looking to expand from their home base to new geographies — whether starting from Europe, the United States, Asia, or elsewhere.

In recent years, we have seen increasing cases of foreign firms setting up shop in the United States, first-time shops hiring de novo teams, and existing firms raising new and bigger funds deploying additional strategies (special situations, growth equity, and credit instruments, for instance). We have noted many limited partner organizations behaving more like general partners, developing their own investment capabilities. At the same time, the talent market has become more fluid than ever.

There are two distinct aspects to private equity talent sourcing. At the fund level, entities require top caliber leaders across a full suite of roles: investment professionals, operating partners, senior advisers, and functional leads such as human resources, investor relations, capital markets, CFOs, and COOs. At the portfolio level, C-suite and board positions across all industries are in high demand. For these highly regionalized businesses, we can draw upon our deep local and sector expertise across practices (Consumer, Health Care, Financial Services, Technology/Communications, Industrial) — all aligned with their PE counterparts.

These industry dynamics are ideally aligned with Egon Zehnder’s One Firm model. Our geographic and sector breadth (including 68 offices across 40 countries) and deep expertise (our nearly 450 consultants are hired almost entirely from industry, so we understand the prevailing issues) enable us to provide distinctive sponsor coverage across countries. Although other consulting firms may also offer a single point of contact to support multi-region projects, at Egon Zehnder this structure is seamless and organic.

Despite significant financial incentives tying talent to existing shops, the rapid expansion of portfolios has fueled an enticing market for young top performers. This places the onus on PE executive teams to manage their talent proactively and systematically, including leadership succession. This is another area in which Egon Zehnder excels, honed through extensive experience across financial services verticals.

We welcome the opportunity to help private equity management teams experience true local partnership through Egon Zehnder’s deep expertise and integrated service approach.

Private Equity Consultants

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York

Global Lead

Claude Shaw, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Private Equity Practice. In addition, Claude serves as a member of the firm’s Consumer… Read more

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

US Lead

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin leads Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity Practice in the U.S. She focuses on senior-level executives at private… Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Laurén serves as Managing Partner in Washington D.C. He also leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Heather Godsmark

Heather Godsmark

Washington, D.C.

Heather Godsmark is active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Services practices. She draws on her extensive experience in infrastructure, energy… Read more

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York

Al Prieto leads Egon Zehnder’s New York office, coordinating the engagements of a consulting team that serves clients throughout New York. Read more

David Noble

David Noble

New York

David Noble, based in New York, works across industries globally. He provides executive assessment, leadership development, coaching, accelerated… Read more

Peter Koo

Peter Koo

New York

Based in New York, Peter Koo is a trusted advisor to large financial institutions across the Americas and Asia Pacific. He has particular expertise in… Read more

Charles Gray

Charles Gray

New York

Charles “Chuck” Gray, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice in North America and is an active member of the Private… Read more

Anne-Claire Monod

Anne-Claire Monod

New York

Anne-Claire Monod is a sought-out advisor to industrial businesses who has developed trusted relationships with Fortune 500 corporations as well as… Read more

Alan Hilliker

Alan Hilliker

New York

Alan Hilliker, based in New York, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Board Consulting and CEO practices. Read more

Justine Gordon

Justine Gordon

New York, Houston, Johannesburg

Justine Gordon, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s North American Real Assets franchise, which includes infrastructure, energy & renewables… Read more

Justin Zale

Justin Zale

New York

Based in New York, Justin Zale is the firm’s U.S. Real Estate practice lead and an active member of the Financial Services and Private Equity… Read more

Lee Wrubel, MD

Lee Wrubel, MD

New York

Based in New York, Lee Wrubel draws on more than two decades of business experience in venture capital, health care, and medical technology. Read more

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York, Kal Bittianda is a trusted advisor for helping companies and leaders leverage and harness technology. Read more

Alyse Forcellina

Alyse Forcellina

New York

Alyse Forcellina, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice for the Americas and is also active in the firm’s Board and Assessment and… Read more

Albert Laverge

Albert Laverge

New York

Albert Laverge, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s Investment Banking, Corporate Banking & Markets Practice worldwide. His consulting work… Read more

Thought Leadership on Private Equity

PE in Latin America: How the Rules of the Game May Change Post-COVID-19

PE in Latin America: How the Rules of the Game May Change Post-COVID-19

Private Equity

A gathering with top Country Heads of Private Equity in Mexico and Latin America to discuss how consumer behavior is changing, its impact in… Read more

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How to Best Support Portfolio Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

Private Equity

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Private Equity

A digital gathering with top Country Heads of PE in Mexico. Read more

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Energy PE Investors Question the Future of Their Firms and Careers

Energy and CleanTech

Energy investors are nervous about the future of their firms—and careers. Here’s how can they position themselves for a transition. Read more

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