The largest European event for private equity value creation

Private Equity International’s Operating Partners Forum Europe is the largest European event dedicated to operating partners. The 13th annual conference will focus on best practices in private equity portfolio operations and value creation across all functional business areas.

The operating partner community will meet this May in London to discuss the best strategies to deliver value and growth at a critical time in the economic cycle.

With a new interactive agenda and more operating partners-only sessions than ever before, the Forum will foster business relationships and help shape your future value creation plans.

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What can I expect at the Operating Partners Forum?

Event content designed for value creation

The content focuses on working with and scaling portfolio companies at a crucial time. Featuring sessions on the evolution of value creation, developing a world class value creation team, making boards effective, working with CEOs, and practical insights into key areas of value creation.

Build a valuable network

Attendees connect with industry participants within all functional areas of value creation and benefit from a truly international event. Attendees benefit from in-person networking with think tanks, interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.

Hear from Operating Partners

Attendees hear from 100+ operating partners on the most important topics. Past speakers included representatives from BC Partners, Carlyle Group, CDPQ, CVC Capital Partners, Hg, PAI Partners, InvestCorp, KKR CapstonePartners Group and many more.

The first and largest event focused on the role of the Operating Partner and value creation. Great mix of attendees makes it the best networking event.

James Markham

Senior Partner Value Creation, Graphite Capital

Agenda highlights

The 2024 agenda will cover the most prominent functional topics in value creation:

  • AI for value creation: practical use cases beyond the hype
  • Navigating operating partner-deal team dynamics
  • Advanced revenue growth strategies as a key driver in value creation
  • Talent retention best practices in the current economic climate
  • Unlocking data science and advanced analytics for value creation
  • Finance in the current landscape: operating partners share challenges and opportunities
  • And much more…

Meet the largest European operating partner network

Actis
Advent International
Antin Infrastructure Partners
Apollo
APS Advisory
Ardian
Attestor
Bregal Milestone
Bridgepoint
CDPQ London
Charterhouse Capital Partners
Conditor Capital
Dawn Capital
DBAY Advisors
Deutsche Private Equity
ECI Partners
Egis
Eurazeo
Foresight Group
FSN Capital
Graphite Capital
GTO Partners
Hanover Investors Management
ICG
Invenio Partners
Investcorp
Investindustrial
Invision Private Equity AG
Kadens Capital
LBO France
Macquarie Asset Management
MavensWood Investments
Mayfair Equity Partners
MiddleGround Capital
Mirovia Group
Montagu Private Equity
OMERS Private Equity Europe
Paragon Partners
Partners Group
Patrizia AG
PEAL Capital Group
Permira
Pictet
Pollen Street Capital
Private Assets AG
Public Investment Fund
Searchlight Capital Partners
Stanley Capital Partners
SVPGlobal
Synova Capital
THI
Three Hills Capital Partners
TriSpan

Speakers

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“The exchange of ideas between operating partners and their advisors, CEOs, and board members, brought useful insights and re-energised me.”

Our leading advisory board

Franck Abadia

Managing Director, Operating Team, LBO France

Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Lee McCabe

Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Maria Orlowski

Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

Wessel Schevernels

Operating Partner, PATRIZIA Infrastructure

Lisa Telford

Partner, Montagu Private Equity

Agenda

For more information about the agenda, please contact Kitty Watson.

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Agenda

Pre-conference events - Tuesday 21st

17:30 - 19:30

Operating Partners Forum Europe Pre-Event Welcome Reception (invitation-only for operating partners)

Join the operating partners attending the Europe Forum at our opening grand reception. Exchange valuable insights with your peers in a relaxed setting and build your connections before the conference kicks off.

Venue: The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London, EC3N 1JY, United Kingdom

19:30 - 21:00

Operating Partners Forum Europe Dinner (invitation-only for operating partners)

Join us for a private dinner designed exclusively for all operating partners attending the Forum.

Venue: The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London, EC3N 1JY, United Kingdom

Agenda

Operating Partners Forum Europe - Day 1 - Wednesday 22nd

07:30 - 08:55

Registration and breakfast

THINK TANK SERIES 1
08:00 - 08:55

Think tanks for full-time operating partners: value creation war room (invitation-only)

These closed-door discussions will allow you to learn and share strategies together with your operating partner peers. Please select one of the rooms based on your functional expertise:

 

Room 1: Digital and Technology Operating Partners Room 2: Human Capital/Talent Operating Partners

Room 2: Human Capital/Talent Operating Partners

Room 3: GTM, Sales and Revenue Growth Operating Partners Room 4: Finance Operating Partners

Room 4: Finance Operating Partners

Plenary
08:55 - 09:10

PEI’s welcome and chairman’s opening remarks

09:10 - 09:50

Rewriting the Value Creation Playbook for the 2024 Market Environment

Dominic Gallello, Louis Saund, Jim Corey
  • What PE industry dynamics are driving changes for Value Creation Teams?
  • What are the most important business issues on the minds of CEOs and how are they impacting Value Creation Teams?
  • How is the role of the operating partner evolving given these market factors?
  • What new behaviours should Operating Partners adopt?

Speakers:

Dominic Gallello, Managing Director, Bridgepoint
Louis Saud, Vice President, Business Operations, Brookfield
Jim Corey,
Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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Dominic Gallello

Managing Director, Bridgepoint

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Louis Saund

Vice President, Business Operations, Brookfield

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Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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09:50 - 10:30

Leveraging AI as a vital driver of value creation in the evolving private equity landscape

Claudio Crivelli, Ercan Ucak
  • How to move from the mechanics of AI to tangible financial implications such as return on investment, the costs, etc
  • Identifying innovative ways of how CFOs and companies have implemented AI
  • How to correctly allocate and move resources for AI

Facilitator: Claudio Crivelli, RVP, Global Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

Ercan Ucak, Vice President, Cerberus Capital Management

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Claudio Crivelli

RVP, Global Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

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Ercan Ucak

Vice President, Cerberus Capital Management

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10:30 - 11:10

Driving value and growth: Emerging trends in private equity carve out transactions

Dominic Orchard

Dominic Orchard, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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Dominic Orchard

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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11:10 - 11:50

Keynote presentation

11:50 - 12:20

Networking break

INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUP SERIES A
12:20 - 13:00

Interactive Working Group 1 (for operating partners only) - How to scale up post a period of depressed growth

Jawad Bhatti
  • How streamlining deal origination and execution processes improves due diligence and investment decision-making capabilities
  • Sharing examples and war stories of financial best practices during previous downturns
  • Identifying strategies to invest and capture growth as the economy improves

Jawad Bhatti, Go to Market Advisor, Dawn Capital 

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Jawad Bhatti

Go to Market Advisor, Dawn Capital

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12:20 - 13:00

Interactive Working Group 2 (for operating partners only) - The Role of the CFO in maximizing value for the exit

James Kenyon
  • Examining the CFO’s role in identifying and implementing operational improvements to enhance the company’s efficiency and profitability
  • Discussing the CFO’s responsibility in managing financial risks, including liquidity, working capital, and debt management, to mitigate potential obstacles during the exit process
  • Highlighting the CFO’s role in meeting the due diligence requirements to support the exit valuation and negotiation process

Facilitator: James Kenyon, Partner, Acertitude

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James Kenyon

Partner, Acertitude

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12:20 - 13:00

Interactive Working Group 3 (for operating partners only) - Using data to drive value creation

  • How to transform data into a valuable asset within your portfolio company
  • Strategies to leverage data during the due diligence process
  • How machine learning can be used to optimise value creation
13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

FUNCTIONAL BREAKOUT SERIES 1
14:00 - 14:40

Track 1 - Harnessing data assets to drive valuations at exit

  • How should you use data analytics and reporting during exit preparation to maximize return?
  • Understanding the importance of having robust and granular data during equity story development and diligence
  • Showcasing a better data-driven management team and a data-enabled business
  • Qualifying the impact of earlier stage best data practices on the equity story and exit phase
14:00 - 14:40

Track 2 - ESG: From intent to action - How to protect and create value through sustainable operations

Nicholas Bahr, Wessel Schevernels
  • Exploring value-creation opportunities in promoting positive environmental and social sustainability characteristics
  • How can value be created from mitigating ESG risks
  • Comparing the challenges and opportunities of the different reporting frameworks and standards and how they contribute to market transparency, investor confidence and risk management

Facilitator: Nicholas Bahr, Global Director Risk & Resilience, dss+

Wessel Schevernels, Operating Partner, Patrizia Infrastructure

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Nicholas Bahr

Global Director Risk & Resilience, dss+

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Wessel Schevernels

Operating Partner, PATRIZIA Infrastructure

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14:00 - 14:40

Track 3 - How to manage costs during an inflationary period vs ensuring reliable supply chains

Conrad Gracjczak
  • Exploring how companies are achieving significant procurement success despite all odds
  • Exploring effective cost management techniques to mitigate the impact of inflation on business operations
  • Highlighting the importance of the relationship between the commercial and procurement functions to safeguard margins during unstable economic climates

Facilitator: Conrad Grajczak, Vice President, Insight Sourcing, part of Accenture

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Conrad Gracjczak

Vice President, Insight Sourcing, part of Accenture

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FUNCTIONAL BREAKOUT SERIES 2
14:40 - 15:20

Track 4 - Future-proofing cyber security for PE portfolio companies: A cloud native Zero Trust approach

Akshay Grover, John Cranmer, Paul Harragan , Adam Dawson, Lionel Hill
  • Why are cyber attacks increasing in intensity & scale?
  • What PE portfolio companies are doing to prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats?
  • Why is a network centric security approach becoming archaic?
  • How can a cloud-native zero trust platform approach future-proof the PE portcos?
  • What steps can PE portfolio companies take to get ahead of the curve?

Facilitator: Akshay Grover, Global Private Equity Practice Lead, Zscaler

John Cranmer, Cyber Program Leader, Hg Capital

Paul Harragan, CISO & Cyber Program Leader, KKR

Adam Dawson, SVP & EMEA Cyber Program Leader, Blackstone Innovations

Lionel Hill, Chief Technology Officer, Permira

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Akshay Grover

Global Private Equity Practice Lead, Zscaler

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John Cranmer

Cybersecurity Specialist, Hg Capital

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Paul Harragan

Global Cybersecurity Lead, KKR

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Adam Dawson

SVP Blackstone Innovations, Blackstone

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Lionel Hill

Chief Technology Officer, Permira

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14:40 - 15:20

Track 5 - Building and developing high performing teams within your portfolio company workforces

Cécile Dutheil
  • How to build a high-performance team in looking at complementary skills, experiences, technical aspects, and personality traits
  • Understanding the importance of diversity of thought to spark creative and nonhomogeneous ways of thinking
  • How do you measure the right skillsets and metrics to create impact, drive cohesion, and avoid discrepancies? How are you filling specific roles based on objectives?
  • Comparing and contrasting team structures at your portcos: operating partners share what works and what doesn’t to drive the value creation plan
  • Dissecting the psychology of effective teams in looking at journey, purpose, positions, communication, and leadership
  • Developing and improving future workforces in looking at tomorrow’s new talent

Cecile Dutheil, Head of Leadership & Culture Portfolio, Triton Partners

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Cécile Dutheil

Head of Leadership & Culture-Portfolio, Triton Partners

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14:40 - 15:20

Track 6 - Navigating the commercial private equity value creation journey: Strategies for success

  • Examining the concept of “good” at various stages of the value creation journey; starting from the early stages of ideation and progressing to later stages of growth and profitability
  • Identifying key milestones and indicators of success at each stage, including market validation, revenue growth, customer acquisition, and sustainable profitability
  • Discussing the significance of aligning business models with buyer preferences and market demands
15:20 - 15:30

Networking break

FUNCTIONAL BREAKOUT SERIES 3
15:30 - 16:10

Track 7 - Tech case study

15:30 - 16:10

Track 8 - Unleashing Revenue Growth: exploring innovative pricing strategies as the key driver in value creation

  • Understanding how implementing advanced pricing strategies can drive value creation
  • Exploring the importance of pricing analytics in value creation and provide operating partners with best practices for implementation
  • How to position your sales strategy to be aligned with the biggest opportunities in 2024

Facilitator: Ben Gregory, Managing Director, Teneo

15:30 - 16:10

Track 9 - Building a Robust Talent Function: Developing and Scaling Talent Strategies in Private Equity from Year 1 to Year 4

  • Year 1: Establishing the Foundation: Dissecting strategies to successfully hire and onboard the initial talent base to support early-stage investment activities
  • Year 2: Refining Talent Practices: The role of training programs, mentorship initiatives, and career progression paths to foster talent growth
  • Year 3: Scaling Talent Function: How to identify high-potential employees, develop succession plans, and implement leadership development programs
  • Year 4: Sustaining and Evolving Talent Function: Navigating the process of talent management plans with the overall business strategy to ensure talent function supports the firm’s growth and success
FUNCTIONAL BREAKOUT SERIES 4
16:10 - 16:50

Track 10 - How to use technology to improve business processes and add value

Stephen Craig, Gilad G. Amir
  • How introducing technology can enhance efficiency, productivity and create value
  • Tackling the challenges that companies face when implementing new technologies and methods
  • Highlighting case studies and examples of companies that have successfully used technology to improve their processes and add value

Facilitator: Stephen Craig, Managing Partner, Alysian

Gilad G. Amir , Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Stephen Craig

Managing Partner, Alysian

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Gilad G. Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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16:10 - 16:50

Track 11 - Dissecting the role of OPs in assessing leadership capabilities, conducting due diligence on management teams, and implementing succession planning

Christian Truempler, Marc Bielitza, James Markham

Christian Truempler, Senior Governance Leader, Partners Group

Marc Bielitza, Director, Deutsche Private Equity

James Markham, Senior Partner – Value Creation, Graphite Capital

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Christian Truempler

Senior Governance Leader, Partners Group

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Marc Bielitza

Director, Deutsche Private Equity

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James Markham

Senior Partner – Value Creation, Graphite Capital

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16:10 - 16:50

Track 12 - The role of the finance team and the CFO in creating value

  • How to recruit for and retain high performing CFOs for portfolio companies
  • How CFOs drive the value creation plan in the current economy
  • Identifying the biggest challenges CFOs are facing in this environment
  • Highlighting successful case studies illustrating the benefits of collaborative decision-making and strategic alignment between operating partners and CFOs
16:50 - 17:00

Networking break

INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUP SERIES B
17:00 - 17:40

Interactive Working Group 4 (for operating partners only) - How to leverage AI tools to power revenue growth across sales and marketing

  • Exploring how AI can automatically score and prioritise leads based on various criteria such behavioral patterns, enabling sales teams to focus their efforts on high-potential prospects and close deals more effectively
  • The role AI algorithms play in analysing historical sales data and market trends to identify potential revenue growth opportunities
  • Examples of best practice in leveraging AI to gain visibility into the sales pipeline, identify potential risks, and make informed decisions to drive revenue growth

 

17:00 - 17:40

Interactive Working Group 5 (for operating partners only) - The impact of the economic climate on talent retention: strategies for attracting and retaining top performers

Kate Anderson
  • What changes private equity firms have made to their talent models to adapt to the challenges in the macroeconomic environment
  • Identifying the greatest recruitment challenges in this environment
  • Beyond salary playbook: how to create a culture of retention in an ever-changing economic landscape

Kate Anderson, HR Operating Partner, Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group

 

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Kate Anderson

HR Operating Partner, Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group

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17:00 - 17:40

Interactive Working Group 6 (for operating partners only) - Operating Partner/CFO dynamics: the checklist for a successful portfolio company CFO

  • How to support CFOs to be successful throughout the deal cycle
  • How to assess and track CFO performance

First-hand experiences from OPs who have worked with different CFOs and a deep-dive into the diverse skillsets they require

17:40 - 18:40

End of day and cocktail reception

Agenda

Operating Partners Forum Europe - Day 2 - Thursday 23rd

07:40 - 08:30

Registration and breakfast

07:45 - 08:30

Breakfast Deep Dive Discussion 1 (for operating partners only) - Driving Operational Excellence: Highlighting the strategies employed by operating partners to enhance operational performance

This breakfast deep dive session will allow all operating partners to join an interactive discussion with designated facilitators

07:45 - 08:30

Breakfast Deep Dive Discussion 2 (for operating partners only) - The Do’s and Don’ts on how to engage with the Deal Team

This breakfast deep dive session will allow all operating partners to join an interactive discussion with designated facilitators.

THINK TANK SERIES 2
08:30 - 09:25

Think tanks for full-time operating partners: value creation war room (invitation-only)

This closed-door discussion will allow you to learn and share best practices of successful operating partners. The think tank will allow you to select one of the rooms:

Room 1 Emerging Operating Partners (1-2 years in PE)  

Room 2 Advanced Operating Partners

Room 3 Heads of PE Portfolio Operations Teams: Leaders Think Tank

Plenary
09:20 - 09:30

Chairman’s welcome

09:30 - 10:10

From boom to bust: How to transform your business and create value across functions while being cash restrained

  • Exploring ways to identify and implement cost-saving measures without compromising value creation
  • Discussing the role of digital transformation in streamlining processes and reducing costs

Highlighting case studies and examples of businesses that successfully transformed and created value despite the turbulent climate

10:10 - 10:50

How can Operating Partners and CEOs collaborate effectively to maximise value creation

Maria Orlowski, Simon Hardy, Ralph Friedwagner
  • Exploring frameworks for aligning the operating partner’s expertise with the CEO’s vision and the portfolio company corporate strategy
  • How the required skillset of a portfolio company CEO has evolved to adapt to the current landscape
  • CEO and operating partner perspectives – The Do’s and Don’ts to ensure their unique partnership works smoothly and effectively

Maria Orlowski, Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

Simon Hardy, Head of Portfolio Operations, Attestor

Ralph Friedwagner, Operating Partner, CDPQ

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Maria Orlowski

Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

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Simon Hardy

Head of Portfolio Operations, Attestor

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Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

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10:50 - 11:10

Networking break

11:10 - 11:50

Insights from Operating Partners: Maximizing Value Creation for the Exit

Leo Scanavino
  • Identifying the best time to implement operational improvements to enhance the company’s efficiency and profitability in preparation for exit
  • Understanding what must be done in the final year pre exit: how operating partners navigate risk mitigation, cost in preparation for a sale, driving value, and ensure the processes are effective and efficient
  • Dissecting portfolio company resource allocation strategies for exit readiness
  • Operating partner perspectives and lessons learnt from recent exits

Leo Scanavino, Director – Portfolio Management, British International Investment

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Leo Scanavino

Director, British International Investment

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11:50 - 12:30

The role of the operating partner in accelerating value creation from due diligence to the first 100 days

  • Determining procurement’s role in due diligence and 100-day plans
  • Identifying successful strategies to enhance procurement and supply chain value within the initial 100 days
  • Examining the evolving priorities of operating partners beyond cost optimisation and understanding the underlying factors driving these changes

Gavin Cullen, Independent

INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUP SERIES C
12:30 - 13:10

Interactive Working Group 7 (for operating partners only) - Board optimization: how to create value through the board

  • Who from the board should be on the investment side
  • Exploring what an optimal board structure looks like
  • How to get more intrenched into real value creation with management and how to help them to improve
12:30 - 13:10

Interactive Working Group 8 (for operating partners only) - How to navigate the “future of work”

  • How to navigate the cultural challenges of hybrid working
  • Looking beyond the salary – workforce compensation and modern trends under the microscope
  • Equity vs non equity – arguments for and against
12:30 - 13:10

Interactive Working Group 9 (for operating partners only) - Comparing Go-To-Market strategies

Streisan Bevan
  • Highlighting the benefits and limitations of traditional go-to-market strategies and how to adapt the GTM approach for improved sales effectiveness
  • How to use data-driven insights to develop targeted go-to-market strategies and drive revenue growth and create value
  • How to diversify your route to market and the best channels to follow

Streisan Bevan, Director, Specialist – Customer Insight and Sales Effectiveness, Mayfair Equity Group

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Streisan Bevan

Director, Specialist – Customer Insight and Sales Effectiveness, Mayfair Equity Partners

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13:10 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

13:10 - 14:00

Women in PE portfolio operations lunch (invitation-only for operating partners)

This closed-door lunch discussion will explore what it’s like being a woman in PE and VC portfolio operations:

  • Uncovering what being a woman operating partner means and how to be successful in your role
  • What are the issues causing a disparity in genders?
  • Exploring career paths, development, and how to position yourself as female leaders
  • Is your firm focused on women’s leadership at portfolio companies?
  • Does your company have any specific programs, leadership coaching and assessments geared towards promoting women’s leadership?
  • Are there any changes in recruiting that will create a more equal playing field?
  • Looking at trends and stats in gender in PE and VC
FUNCTIONAL BREAKOUT SERIES 5
14:00 - 14:40

Track 13 - Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Culture: How DEI Drives Value Creation in Private Equity

Hemant Lamba, Matt J. Baird, Riccardo Basile, Jenny Collins
  • Discussing emerging trends in DEI and their implications for private equity
  • Identifying key performance indicators and evaluating a company’s commitment to DEI
  • Highlighting case studies that demonstrate how diverse teams and inclusive cultures lead to better decision-making, innovation, risk management, and long-term value creation

 

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Hemant Lamba

Executive Vice President and Global Head - Strategic Sales, Infosys

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Matt J. Baird

Managing Director, Operations & Strategy, OMERS Private Equity Europe Limited

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Riccardo Basile

Operating Partner, Permira

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Jenny Collins

Chief Talent Officer, Mayfair Equity Partners

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14:00 - 14:40

Track 14 - A deep dive into GTM, sales revenue growth as a key driver for private equity success

  • Exploring how pricing analytics and dynamic pricing techniques can increase value and revenue
  • How to leverage customer analytics for revenue growth, and highlighting successful case studies of implementation of customer analytics
  • Sharing best practices and case studies showcasing the successful identification and execution of market expansion strategies
14:40 - 15:20

Closing Plenary Panel Looking into the value creation crystal ball: predictions for 2024

15:20 - 15:25

Closing remarks and end of conference

Connect with Europe’s leading Operating Partner community

The 13th annual forum returns to London this May. Expand your relationships and build your network with our operating partner exclusive networking events. Join our community of the brightest leaders in European value creation that will help you in your day-to-day operations. Attendees participate in an agenda packed with social activities, interactive working groups, think tanks, networking breaks, a women’s lunch, and our pre-event grand reception and dinner to meet and exchange ideas.

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PRE-CONFERENCE NETWORKING

Tuesday, May 21

Operating Partners Forum Europe Welcome Reception (invitation-only)

17:30-19:45

The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London EC3N 1JY

Join the operating partners attending the Europe Forum in a casual gathering at our opening grand reception. Exchange valuable insights with your peers in a relaxed setting and build your network before the conference kicks off.

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Operating Partners Forum Europe Welcome Dinner (invitation-only)

19:45-21:00

The Skyline London, 100 Minories, London EC3N 1JY

Join us as we welcome all the attending operating partners for a private dinner to facilitate networking before the conference. Increase your connections with leaders in PE value creation.

DAY 1 RECEPTION

Wednesday, May 22

Operating Partners Forum Europe Day 1 Networking Reception

17:40-18:30

Our day 1 grand reception will allow you to chat and get to know your operating partner peers better at the end of the first day of the Forum. Hear what is on everyone’s mind after a full day of valuable insights.

DAY 2 BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Thursday, May 23

Europe Forum Deep Dive Breakfast (operating partners only)

7:45-8:30

This breakfast deep dive discussion, designed solely for operating partners, will focus on key strategies in value creation and allow you to share your views and learn key insights from peers.

Women in PE Portfolio Operations Lunch Discussion (invitation-only)

13:10-14:00

This closed-door lunch discussion will explore key challenges and opportunities for women in PE portfolio operations.

Featured interactive discussions & networking opportunities

Think Tanks

Led by operating partners and designed for operating partners only, these closed-door war room sessions will allow you to engage in lively discussions with your peers. The think tanks will also allow you to submit topics to be covered while sharing best value creation practices.

Interactive Working Groups

These exclusive deep dive discussions, only available to operating partners, allow you to participate in interactive and dynamic discussions with designated expert facilitators.




“Great operating partner attendees, content, and networking. This is a crucial event for monitoring the pulse of European private equity.”

Speakers

Franck Abadia

Managing Director, Operating Team, LBO France

Gilad G. Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Kate Anderson

HR Operating Partner, Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group

Nicholas Bahr

Global Director Risk & Resilience, dss+

Streisan Bevan

Director, Specialist – Customer Insight and Sales Effectiveness, Mayfair Equity Partners

Jawad Bhatti

Go to Market Advisor, Dawn Capital

Marc Bielitza

Director, Deutsche Private Equity

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

Stephen Craig

Managing Partner, Alysian

John Cranmer

Cybersecurity Specialist, Hg Capital

Claudio Crivelli

RVP, Global Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

Adam Dawson

SVP Blackstone Innovations, Blackstone

Cordelia Dolan, Inflexion Private Equity

Cordelia Dolan

Global Head of Portfolio Talent, Investindustrial

Cécile Dutheil

Head of Leadership & Culture-Portfolio, Triton Partners

Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Dominic Gallello

Managing Director, Bridgepoint

Conrad Gracjczak

Vice President, Insight Sourcing, part of Accenture

Miles Graham

Managing Partner, Operating Partners Group

Ben Gregory

Managing Director, EMEA Client Lead, Teneo

Akshay Grover

Global Private Equity Practice Lead, Zscaler

Simon Hardy

Head of Portfolio Operations, Attestor

Paul Harragan

Global Cybersecurity Lead, KKR

Lionel Hill

Chief Technology Officer, Permira

James Kenyon

Partner, Acertitude

James Markham

Senior Partner – Value Creation, Graphite Capital

Lee McCabe

Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Esther Nayyar

Managing Director, Due Diligence and Value Creation, ICG

Dominic Orchard

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Maria Orlowski

Partner, Value Creation, GTO Partners

Katharina Pfaffhauser

Chief Business Officer, Symphony

Louis Saund

Vice President, Business Operations, Brookfield

Leo Scanavino

Director, British International Investment

Wessel Schevernels

Operating Partner, PATRIZIA Infrastructure

Lisa Telford

Partner, Montagu Private Equity

Christian Truempler

Senior Governance Leader, Partners Group

Ercan Ucak

Vice President, Cerberus Capital Management

Connect with the largest European community of expert operating partners

PEI’s Operating Partners Forums are a unique blend of networking, collaboration and thought leadership between private equity operating partners, portfolio operations teams and sponsors.  Each venue is custom designed to encourage conversation about value creation best practices, relationship building and knowledge sharing across functional areas on the most pressing issues facing their investment and portfolio companies. Access to the Forum is limited to operating partners/value creation experts from private equity firms and sponsoring firms.

For more information on ways to engage with PEI’s Operating Partners community, please contact Lawrence Dvorchik at lawrence.d@pei.group or call on +1 (646) 545-4429