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The private capital sector has been experiencing unprecedented fund inflows and investment activity. Given our long-standing focus in this area, Egon Zehnder is uniquely equipped to address the growing talent-related demands. For decades, we often have been the partner most trusted by private capital firms looking to expand from their home base to new geographies — whether starting in 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, venture capital, growth equity infrastructure, and credit 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 capital 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, Financial Services, Technology & Communications, Industrial, Services) — all aligned with their private capital counterparts.

These industry dynamics are aligned with Egon Zehnder’s One Firm model. Our geographic and sector breadth (including 64 offices across 36 countries) and deep expertise (our more than 600 consultants are hired almost entirely from industry, so we understand the prevailing issues) enable us to provide seamless services 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 private capital executive teams to manage their talent proactively and systematically, including shaping leadership successions, discovering leaders, developing leadership, advancing governance and unlocking transformation.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with you.


Private Equity Consultants

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Global Lead

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Global Head of Private Capital. She focuses on senior-level executives at private capital funds… Read more

Justine Gordon

Justine Gordon

New York, Houston, Sub-Saharan Africa

US Lead

Justine Gordon leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Infrastructure Practice. She specializes in advising investment platforms at both the fund and portfolio… Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Lauren serves as a senior adviser in Washington DC. He is also a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York Office Leader

Claude Shaw is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s New York office and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. Read more

Ashley Ma

Ashley Ma

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Ma is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Technology and Communications Practices. Read more

Lee Wrubel, MD

Lee Wrubel, MD

New York

Lee Wrubel, based in New York, is Co-Lead of the Global Healthcare Research and Development Group and works broadly with organizations driving… Read more

Charles Gray

Charles Gray

New York

Charles “Chuck” Gray, based in New York, co-leads Egon Zehnder's U.S. CEO and Board Practice. Read more

Francisco Paret

Francisco Paret

New York

Francisco Paret, based in New York, is a member of the Financial Services, Private Capital, CEO and Board Consulting Practices. 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

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

Kshitij Mohta

Kshitij Mohta

New York

Kshitij Mohta, based in New York, operates at the intersection of Health and private equity, working with both growth equity and large buy out firms… Read more

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York, Kal Bittianda is passionate about disruptive technology and digital transformation. He advises Boards… Read more

Zoe Bernstein

Zoe Bernstein

New York

Zoe Bernstein, based in New York, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Private Capital practices… Read more

Justin Zale

Justin Zale

New York

Based in New York, Justin Zale co-leads Egon Zehnder’s real estate practice globally, and previously led the effort in North America. Read more

David Noble

David Noble

New York

David Noble is globally trusted by CEOs and their teams, boards of directors, investors and star athletes to help them crack high-stakes leadership… Read more

Marieke Witjes

Marieke Witjes

New York

Based in New York, Marieke Witjes is globally active across Egon Zehnder’s Services, Consumer, and Private Equity practice. Read more


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