Searchlight Newsletter – Q3 2015
A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO
We founded Pearson Partners International 14 years ago as a retained executive search firm serving the portfolio leadership needs of the leveraged buyout and private equity community. Today, we proudly serve clients in every industry, securing top talent for virtually every senior management function from the director level to the boardroom. But private equity still accounts for the largest piece of our business, with roughly 30 percent coming from either parent companies or their portfolios.
In private equity investments, leadership talent is critical, and relationships can make or break success. So when our good friend Linda Wilkins, founding partner of Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group LLP, offered to moderate our next Spotlight SeriesSM event with a focus on relationships between private equity operators and the CEOs of their portfolio companies, we jumped at the idea.
We invited a panel of leaders from both sides of the PE equation to share their thoughts on what makes successful private equity relationships tick, and the conversation covered everything from Texas’ rising star as a PE market, to how to keep employees invested, to whether (and when) company founders should let go. Don’t miss the summary of the panelists’ discussion in this issue.
Read more in this edition of Searchlight.
In This Issue
Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
Private Equity and the CEO: Building a Healthy Relationship
When a private equity firm invests in a company, one thing is certain: change is coming. These ownership relationships are built on a common goal of dramatic growth, which inevitably requires new strategies. Cultivating a management team that is up to the task is key to the venture’s success or failure. At our recent Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, our panel of leaders from both sides of the private equity experience shared their thoughts on what makes for a successful PE partnership. Read a summary of the discussion.Read More
Meeting Professionals International
When a worldwide membership organization needed a chief operating officer—twice—it called upon Pearson Partners to find the right people for the job. This highly specific niche required a unique skill set, yet both times, Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson found ideally qualified candidates and helped fill this critical role within just three months. Our client was doubly impressed with our results, and their current COO says the search process was unlike any other he’s experienced. Read the case study to find out why.Read More
Pearson Partners HR Roundtable:
Unleash the Power of Diversity
In recent decades, companies have grown to understand that a diverse employee base can contribute to business success. But what does “diversity” really mean, and how, exactly, can companies translate it into better results? At our recent Pearson Partners HR Roundtable, Debjani Biswas, consultant, speaker and author, shared her thoughts on how to build and leverage multicultural competencies that make a difference. Read the highlights of her presentation.Read More
Tips from the Leadership Coach:
How Does Your Organization Cope with Uncertainty?
In an uncertain world, how an organization assesses and manages risks says a lot about its culture. Whether a company evaluates potential threats and emphasizes protective actions; embraces a high-risk, high-growth-potential strategy; or blazes a trail for everyone else in the business, it’s all a reflection of the leadership’s style. Check out our tips for helping your organization cope with uncertain times.Read More
Pearson in the Community:
Pearson Partners encourages its team to give back to the community. Deborah Sawyer, vice president and technology practice leader, tells us about her involvement with Tech Titans, the largest innovation hub and technology trade organization in Texas.
We are conducting a search for a Board Director for one of the nation’s largest rent-to-own operators. The board member must be a technology expert and bring innovative ideas for impacting and improving current strategy. Learn more.
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