The value creation event for alternative asset classes

Europe’s largest event aimed at driving value within private equity owned companies is back in London.

Join your peers at this crucial time to discuss how to deal with the current downturn and return to growth post-crisis. Hear from experienced operating partners and C-level executives on how they continue to deliver value creation strategies, create top-line growth and drive EBITDA improvement in their portfolio.

The event provides extensive opportunities to connect with your peers. Join one-to-one meetings, group discussions, and think tanks to build relationships and compare value creation best practices.

Why attend?

Create the most operationally efficient portfolio companies

Hear first-hand perspectives on how to further develop your operational efficiencies by looking at successful models.

Network with top value creators

Meet with the largest community of European operational experts in one place over 2 days.

Learn key strategies for cross-portfolio initiatives

Find the right tools and knowledge to create value.

2021 Featured speakers

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Hear from value creation leaders

Download the agenda for an exclusive look at this year’s Forum. Discussion topics include:

  • How digital transformation can give PE firms a competitive edge
  • Why addressing diversity is a business imperative
  • Data science and advanced analytics in private equity
  • Why integrating ESG into value creation plans is now a necessity
  • And much more…

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Firms that have attended the Forum include:

3i Group
Actis Capital
Advent International
Anchorage Capital
Apax Partners
Apis Partners
APS Advisory
August Equity
BC Partners
Blue Ridge Partners
Bronzegate
Cairngorm Capital Partners
CDPQ
Capvis
Cairngorm Capital
Cinven
Coller Capital
CVC Foundation
Dalmore Capital
DBAY Advisors
Deloitte
DPI
ECI Partners
Efficio
EMERAM Capital Partners
EQT Partners
ESDEC
ESO Capital
Eurazeo
Falco Enterprises
Frog Capital
Gilde Buy Out Partners
Globalization Partners
Graphite Capital
HBF Solutions
Hg
Horizon Capital
Inflexion
Insead
Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)
Investcorp
Keen Venture Partners
KKR
LDC
Limerston Capital
Livingbridge
Maestro by Accordion
Maine Pointe
Mayfair Equity Partners
Metro
Mid Europa Partners
Mobeus Equity Partners
Montagu Private Equity
Morphosis Capital
Nordic Capital
Norvestor Equity
OMERS Private Equity Europe
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
PAI Partners
Palatine Private Equity
Partners Group
Penta Investments
Phoenix Equity Partners
Sigma Catalyst Partners
Silver Lake
Summit Partners Credit Advisors
Sun European Partners
Technology Crossover Ventures
Trill Impact
Triton Partners
Verdane Capital
Vitruvian Partners
Wendel

What past attendees are saying

David Bryan

Managing Partner & CEO, BM&T

This is now the must-attend event for Operating Partners in the UK if not Europe. An excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking and to network w…

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Benjamin Bach

Partner, E2T Capital

Good forum, practical, a wealth of know-how sitting in the room and straight to the point

Charlotte Gregson

Comatch, Managing Director UK

The forum is a great environment to connect with familiar faces, meet new people and discuss topical issues facing the industry

One click access to value creation expertise from the safety of your workspace

Our purpose-built event platform provides you with a number of way to network. Attendees get year-round access to the event platform. Set up your meetings ahead of time, as well as continue conversations and make connections after the forum has ended.

The virtual networking experience

1

Search for business opportunities.

Filter individual profiles and decide who you want to meet based on company type, sector or region.

2

Get maximum visibility.

Send a direct message that goes straight to the recipient’s corporate email as well as their inbox on the platform.

3

Schedule video meetings.

Meet with speakers or attendees of individual agenda sessions through the main agenda.

4

Reach out and make new connections.

Attendees have access for 12 months to the operating partner community.

Hear from leading operating partner professionals

Discover how your peers are responding to the impact of the pandemic and discover business priorities for 2021.

Access 16 hours of interactive content from 100 speakers across the two days. Watch keynote interviews, panel discussions, debates and much more.

With the online platform you can:

  • Create your own daily agenda so you don’t miss a meeting or a key session
  • Take part in the sessions through speaker Q&A and live polling
  • Watch any sessions you missed at a later date. All sessions will be available on-demand

Explore the sponsor exhibition

Explore the virtual exhibition hall and chat with sponsors to discover solutions to your business concerns.

Through the platform you can:

  • Visit the virtual exhibition booth to discover the range of solutions available to help you better serve your customers
  • Interact with the exhibitors you can request more information with the click of a button or arrange a meeting to discuss the products and services in more detail

Connect with value creation professionals

The virtual experience allows you to find and connect with the people you want to meet more easily. Search the attendee list, start a conversation and arrange meetings with value creation professionals.

Find the people you want to meet

Want to catch up with an old colleague or make a new contact with a specific focus?

Search and filter the delegate list and create a shortlist of the people you most want to meet. Message them to chat and arrange online video meetings throughout the event.

Arrange 1-2-1 video meetings

Share strategies and discuss ways to find growth post-pandemic in private meetings. During the event you can have video meetings with other attendees. Simply search the delegate list for the people you want to meet, arrange a time and send them a meeting invite. You can invite up to five people to any one meeting.

Identify other attendees with the same interests

Whatever your area of interest the forum discussions allow you to take part in conversations on the issues that matter most to you or start your own topic.

You will be able to see who else is joining the conversation and message them privately if you want to continue the discussion.

12 months access to the community

You will have 12 months of access to the platform. Login 4 weeks before the event to build your agenda and arrange meetings with the people you want to meet during the event.

The messaging and forums, as well as access to recordings of all sessions will be available 12 months after the event.

View the 2021 agenda

All times are listed in GMT, UK time zone.

For more information regarding the agenda, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 203 879 3893.

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Agenda

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2021 - Tuesday 16th

Plenary
08:30 - 20:45

Chairpersons opening remarks

David Cooper
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David Cooper

Founding Partner, Cooper Limon

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08:45 - 09:15

The evolution of value creation in an economy that has been fundamentally shifted

Jérôme Losson, Tony O'Carroll, Alan Roux
  • How has investment strategy and type of company being invested in changed? What is the knock-on impact on operating partners?
  • Have economic disruption and lockdowns impacted how much PE firms engage with external advisors?
  • To what extent has the speed of evolution of operating teams increased in the past 18 months?
  • Has the profile of full-time operating partners been enhanced?
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Jérôme Losson

Partner, Head of Operations Team - BC Partners

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Tony O'Carroll

Tony O'Carroll

Head of Investment-Ops Team and Managing Director, SVPGlobal

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Alan Roux

Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

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09:15 - 09:55

The common characteristics of rapidly growing businesses

Jim Corey, Bjørn Ruwald, Ralph Schuck

–  What do faster growing companies do to accelerate their growth and outperform their peers?

–  How do they embed these characteristics in their organization?

–  What are some examples of how PE firms transformed commercial organizations?

–  How did these changes impact the valuation of the business?

Facilitator: Jim Corey, Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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Bjørn Ruwald

Managing Director, Co-Head, KKR Capstone Europe

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Ralph Schuck

Managing Director, Private Equity Goods and Products, Partners Group

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09:55 - 10:25

Making the “magic quadrant” work: how the deal partner, operating partner, CEO & board chairperson can work together to deliver value creation

Michael Weyrich, Ralph Friedwagner, Celine Infeld, George Moss, Shashank Samant, Jim Strang
  • Defining the roles of all four members of the quadrant and why every situation is different
  • How can operating partners help set a framework for success?
  • How operating partners can work most effectively with each member of the quadrant
  • War stories of when the group doesn’t function and how-to turnaround challenging situations

Moderator: Michael Weyrich, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Michael Weyrich

Michael Weyrich

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

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Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

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Celine Infeld

Operating Partner, Investcorp

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George Moss

Partner , ECI Partners

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Shashank Samant

President & CEO, GlobalLogic

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Jim Strang

Chairman of the Board, Hg Capital

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10:25 - 10:50

Keynote Interview: Tech & Value Creation

Yawar Murad

Facilitator: Yawar Murad, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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Yawar Murad

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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10:50 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:30 - 12:00

Developing a value creation plan for carve-outs

Mo Habbas, Riccardo Basile, Krzysztof Drozd
  • Why carveouts lend themselves to significant improvements
  • Developing a value creation strategy during due diligence
  • The importance of negotiating a detailed Transition Service Agreement
  • Making a 100-day plan once your foot is in the door

Moderator: Mo Habbas, Managing Director, Alix Partners

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Mo Habbas

Managing Director, Alix Partners

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Riccardo Basile

Principal, Permira

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Krzysztof Drozd

Senior Managing Director, Varde Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

Innovative tech strategies for customer retention

Mark Billige, Mark Fulford
  • Using tech, machine & AI to manage customer retention
  • The importance of identifying your key audience
  • Post-sale marketing to keep customers engaged
  • The importance of focusing on net retention
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Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Mark Fulford

Head of Portfolio Growth, Hg

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12:30 - 13:00

How digital transformation can give PE firms a competitive edge

  • Leveraging data & analytics to unlock cross-portfolio value
  • Developing a digital strategy for more traditional companies
  • Transforming in house processes in addition to those at portfolio companies
  • Using digital to transform the outside-in approach
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Functional Breakouts: Stream A
14:00 - 14:35

How to make the board effective in a disrupted economy

Etienne Colas, Chris Ip, Michał Kędzia

– Should operating partners be on the board
– Working out the ideal skillset composition
– Considering the role of the chair
– Maintaining focus and avoiding some of the common mistakes of a board

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Etienne Colas

Senior Managing Director - Operating Team, LBO France

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Chris Ip

Managing Director, Operating Directors and Entrepreneurial Governance, Partners Group

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Michał Kędzia

Partner, Enterprise Investors

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14:35 - 15:10

Ensuring a positive CFO/CEO relationship to drive success

Alain Beyens, Nerijus Drobavičius, James Markham, Robert Massey

– What is the ideal skillset for a portfolio CFO?
– How to best support CFOs without previous PE experience
– Dealing with a breakdown in relations between CFO & CEO

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Alain Beyens

Operating Partner, Mid Europa Partners

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Nerijus Drobavičius

Partner, INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund

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James Markham

Senior Partner - Value Creation, Graphite Capital

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Robert Massey

Managing Director, Business Services, AnaCap

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15:10 - 15:45

Why addressing diversity is a business imperative

Soline Kauffmann-Tourkestansky, Jerome Richard, Elizabeth Wallace

– To what extent should operating partners be looking at their own team vs. portfolio companies?
– Looking at initiatives from different PE firms, what has been successful?
– How to ensure management at portfolio companies takes diversity seriously

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Soline Kauffmann-Tourkestansky

Head of Platform & ESG, Blisce

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Jerome Richard

Operating Partner, Wendel

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Elizabeth Wallace

Head of Portfolio Talent, Hg

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15:45 - 16:20

How to turn culture into a value driver

Martijn Bouquet, Kristine Janhunen, Elena Pantazi

– Identifying & incentivising key staff
– How to communicate with staff beyond the management team
– Implementing cultural change where issues are highlighted

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Martijn Bouquet

Portfolio Operations Manager, Waterland

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Kristine Janhunen

Chief People Office, Generate Capital

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Elena Pantazi

Partner, Talent and Portfolio Development, Northzone

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Functional Breakouts: Stream B
14:00 - 14:35

Tech & talent: why a tech transformation plan needs to prioritise people first

David Jones, Nicolas Réquillart

– Ensuring management teams are capable of delivering
– How to highlight and address issues with tech expertise
– Case studies where the management team has been transformed in terms of tech expertise

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David Jones

Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Nicolas Réquillart

Chief Digital Officer & Operating Team Leader, Siparex Group

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14:35 - 15:10

Data science and advanced analytics in private equity

Catherine Cutts, Duncan Ramsay, Steve Jones, Lisa Weaver-Lambert

– To what extent are data and AI becoming embedded in value creation plans?
– Do firms need inhouse data science expertise?
– Practical tips to avoid drowning in useless data

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Catherine Cutts

Principal, KKR

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Duncan Ramsay

Partner, ECI Partners

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Steve Jones

Growth Acceleration Team, Livingbridge

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Lisa Weaver-Lambert

Data and Digital Portfolio Executive

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15:10 - 15:45

The future of technology and digital initiatives in working with your portfolio companies

Sarah Herman, Rachael Holtzberg, Josephine Hus, Gregory Salinger, Josh Fidler-Brown

– Using technology to make your processes and businesses more efficient in the current environment and in the years to come

– Looking at the overlap of tech with other functions in the company (sales, customer support, etc.)

– Understanding the challenges around web-enablement and changes in consumer behaviour

Moderator: Sarah Herman, Sr. Manager, Tech Business Development, EMEA Private Equity & Global Strategy, AWS

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Sarah Herman

Sr. Manager, Tech Business Development, EMEA Private Equity & Global Strategy, AWS

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Rachael Holtzberg

Digital Operating Partner, TDR Capital

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Josephine Hus

Operating Executive, Permira

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Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners SAS

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Josh Fidler-Brown

Associate Director, Livingbridge

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15:45 - 16:20

Technology value creation and exit strategy

Matt J Baird, Gilad G. Amir , Christopher Parmo

– Showing the value of investment in tech during a PE ownership cycle
– Highlighting opportunities for future tech gains for the next owner
– Pragmatic steps to position for exit

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Matt J Baird

Managing Director, Operations & Strategy, Omers PE

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Gilad G. Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Christopher Parmo

COO/CFO, Verdane

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Breakout Workouts: Stream C
14:00 - 14:35

Optimising sales for the hybrid world

Moti Shahani, Christian Atherton, Tamara McMillen, Harshavardhan Ramanan

– What should the sales organisation look like, now that buyers and sellers are working in hybrid office / home set-ups?
– How should field, virtual and digital sales work together to grow revenue?
– How should the new sales model be led, managed and measured?

Moderator:  Moti Shahani, Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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Moti Shahani

Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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Christian Atherton

Managing Director, PAI Partners

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Tamara McMillen

Member of the Portfolio Team, Hg

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Harshavardhan Ramanan

Investment Director, LDC

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14:35 - 15:10

Expanding PE backed businesses internationally

Marc Stoneham

– Exploring talent growth opportunities and challenges within carve-out deals
– How not to let the onboarding of new employees slow you down
– Examples of successful expansions in PE backed businesses and reasons for success

 

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Marc Stoneham

Partner, Development Partners International

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15:10 - 15:45

Accelerating valuation through the go-to-market lever

Marc Metzner, James Bagan, Lewis Bantin

– Prioritising your growth buyers and their new buyer journeys
– Leveraging the right mix of customer-facing roles and ways to reach them
– Driving GTM change early enough to significantly impact valuation

Moderator: Marc Metzner, Vice President, Alexander Group

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Marc Metzner

Vice President, Alexander Group

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James Bagan

Operating Partner, Frog Capital

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Lewis Bantin

Partner, ECI Partners

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15:45 - 16:20

Using digital and analytical tools to enhance procurement savings

Nigel Miers, Michaela Merlin-Jones

– What digital tools are available?
– Having a cross portfolio view of procurement
– Using expert advisors vs. having your own inhouse expertise

Moderator: Nigel Miers, Director/Founder, Procurement Advantage

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Nigel Miers

Director/Founder, Procurement Advantage

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Michaela Merlin-Jones

Vice President, Vendor Optimization Specialist, Apax Partners

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16:20 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Plenary
16:45 - 17:15

Digital as a growth lever

Sarah Walker
  • Buy-and-build strategy and integration: how to overcome tech stack integration challenges faced by highly acquisitive portfolio companies
  • From acquisition to exit/IPO: what are the most effective digital transformation strategies to build in agility and scale in portfolio companies

Moderator: Sarah Walker, VP, Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

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Sarah Walker

VP-Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

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17:15 - 18:15

Roundtable discussions over drinks

Mark Billige, Sarah Walker
  • Procurement Challenges
  • Salesforce Effectiveness
  • Board Effectiveness
  • Talent Management
  • Digital Transformation – Sarah Walker (Salesforce)
  • Pricing Strategy – Mark Billige (Simon-Kucher & Partners)
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Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Sarah Walker

VP-Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

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Agenda

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2021 - Wednesday 17th

08:00 - 09:30

Invitation-only Think Tank for Operating Partners

Miles Graham, Tony O'Carroll

This closed-door session is an opportunity to share first-hand accounts on how to best position yourself in your career as an operating partner. The think tank will expose the toughest challenges operating partners face daily and will allow you to learn best practices in dealing with them.

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Miles Graham

Operating Partner, Operating Partners Group

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Tony O'Carroll

Tony O'Carroll

Head of Investment-Ops Team and Managing Director, SVPGlobal

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Plenary
09:30 - 10:10

Optimisation to unlock value

Tim Wainwright, Will Harman, Esther Nayyar, Gabriele Questa, Franck Temam
  • Identifying which areas to prioritise and how to build the value creation plan
  • Balancing pricing / commercial improvements versus cost-out opportunities
  • Using technology to drive improvements in performance
  • How investing in ESG & impact can create long-term savings

Moderator: Tim Wainwright, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

 

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Tim Wainwright

Managing Director, Duff & Phelps - A Kroll Business

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Will Harman

Principal, Margin Practice Lead, Apax Partners   

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Esther Nayyar

Managing Director, Due Diligence and Value Creation, ICG

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Gabriele Questa

Managing Director, KKR Capstone

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Franck Temam

Portfolio Performance Group, PAI Partners

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10:10 - 10:40

Why integrating ESG into value creation plans is now a necessity

Marc Lino, Lodewijk De Graauw, Rob Hetherington, Antonia Wrede
  • To what extent should sustainability experts be leading on ESG vs. someone on the investment team?
  • Mapping out and engaging with all key stakeholders on ESG
  • Incentivising management and portfolio companies with sustainability based KPIs
  • Moving to net-zero and how the work involved can benefit the exit value

Moderator: Marc Lino, Senior Partner, Global ESG leader for Private Equity, Bain & Company

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Marc Lino

Senior Partner, Global ESG Leader for Private Equity, Bain&Company

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Lodewijk De Graauw

Partner - Head of Portfolio Operations, Freshstream

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Rob Hetherington

Senior Operating Partner, Bregal Milestone

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Antonia Wrede

Principal, KKR Capstone

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10:40 - 11:10

How PE investors can help portfolio companies drive long-term value

Frédéric Brunner, Mark Keatley, Alex Lizcano, Ralph Schuck
  • Considering the reasons that executives sometimes focus on short-term results
  • Why it crucial to not relying purely on growth
  • Investing and managing talent to ensure success
  • Improving outcomes for all stakeholders in the business

Moderator: Frédéric Brunner, CEO and Founder, Genioo

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Frédéric Brunner

CEO and Founder, Genioo

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Mark Keatley

Experienced Board Member

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Alex Lizcano

Managing Director, Cinven

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Ralph Schuck

Managing Director, Private Equity Goods and Products, Partners Group

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11:10 - 11:40

Shaping management equity plans to drive value creation

Willem Vunderink, John Brown, John Gilligan
  • Outlining the issue that PE firms have had because of changing tax laws
  • Creating equity plans to align all key stakeholders
  • Case studies of successful implementation and why it is so important
  • How to react when things go wrong due to economic disruption

Moderator: Willem Vunderink, Founding Partner, Vunderink De

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Willem Vunderink

Founding Partner, Vunderink De Vries

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John Brown

Experienced CFO/Independent Adviser

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John Gilligan

Director, The Finance Lab, Said Business School, Oxford University

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11:40 - 12:15

Coffee & networking

Plenary
12:15 - 12:45

Scaling the finance function of portfolio companies to prepare for exit

Roshan Chekuri, Maria Carradice, Steven Dunne, Matthew Harris
  • What is the role of the operating partner in working with the CFO?
  • Ensuring the finance function has the right people to drive a successful exit
  • How to ensure portfolio companies meet due diligence requests during a sales process
  • War stories of what happens when this isn’t done

Moderator: Roshan Chekuri, Private Equity and Venture Capital Alliances Lead, FloQast

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Roshan Chekuri

Private Equity and Venture Capital Alliances Lead, FloQast

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Maria Carradice

Managing Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

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Matthew Harris

Operating Partner, SilverTree Equity

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12:45 - 13:15

How to successfully implement a buy-and-build strategy

Sean O’Flynn, Simon Adcock, Alex Kesseler, Oliver Kullman, Jean-Philippe Syed
  • The importance of choosing the right sector and why cashflow is king
  • Building on a solid platform and targeting companies that add value
  • Going in with eyes wide open to possible issues
  • Case studies in successful and failed buy-and-builds

Moderator: Sean O’Flynn, Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Sean O’Flynn

Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Simon Adcock

Partner, Head of Portfolio Management, Bowmark Capital

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Alex Kesseler

Head of Performance Improvement, Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Oliver Kullman

Partner, Baltcap

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Jean-Philippe Syed

Principal, Development Partners International

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13:15 - 14:00

Close of conference followed by lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Invitation only workshop sessions

Blake Cuthbert

Our workshops will offer an opportunity for operating partners to discuss different topics of value creation in small groups allowing you to build your network of operating partners with similar areas of expertise.

Working Group A – Digital Marketing 

Business leaders face various challenges seen and unseen as they attempt to connect their brand with consumers, optimize ecosystems and talent, and improve investments as consumers dramatically shift media consumption.

In this workshop participants will explore how marketing performance should align on two important principles: 1. Exposing opportunity—in real time–and 2. Delivering measurable results, then acting on them. Helping businesses understand what capabilities can move marketing forward. Scale ideas, solutions, and opportunities to achieve results and gain perspective.

Working Group B – Customer Experience

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Blake Cuthbert

Expert Partner, FRWD – Bain & Company

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2021 Speakers

For more information on speaking opportunities, please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 203 879 3893.

Simon Adcock

Partner, Head of Portfolio Management, Bowmark Capital

Simon is a partner of Bowmark and a member of the Investment Committee, and head of the firm’s Portfolio Management and Value Creation team. He sits on a number of portfolio company boards and has led over 10 exits. Prior to Bowmark, Simon was a seni… Read full bio

Aswatha Amarnath

Senior Vice President, Wipro

Aswatha Amarnath (Amar) is a Senior Vice President at Wipro and is the leader of Wipro’s U.S. Operations. He has three other global responsibilities: 1) he leads Wipro’s firm-wide efforts in helping growth-stage companies in the pre- or post-IPO stag… Read full bio

Gilad G. Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Gilad joined Pollen Street in May 2018 as an EIR and came on board as Digital Operating Partner in September 2020 with a focus on supporting the digital transformation of the portfolio companies and supporting the Private Equity team with the pre/pos… Read full bio

Christian Atherton

Managing Director, PAI Partners

Christian joined PAI in 2020 as a member of the PAI Performance Group with a particular focus on topline related topics. He has strong management consulting experience and was previously at Simon Kucher, where he was a Director. Prior to Simon Kucher… Read full bio

James Bagan

Operating Partner, Frog Capital

James joined Frog in 2018 as an Operating Partner. Since 2004, he has worked exclusively with investor backed businesses, finding and fixing sales challenges. He has also led 2 successful exits at Language Line and Occam, where he was Chief Executive… Read full bio

Matt J Baird

Managing Director, Operations & Strategy, Omers PE

Matt is Managing Director, Operations & Strategy for OMERS Private Equity in Europe, and joined OMERS in 2017. He works with the management teams leading OMERS portfolio companies to help them generate maximum value through the lifetime of the in… Read full bio

Lewis Bantin

Partner, ECI Partners

Lewis joined ECI in 2008 to start up the Commercial Team which is focused on supporting growth at the companies we invest in. Lewis’ most recent investments include CSL, KB Associates, Moneypenny and Clear. He has worked with the teams at MThree, Wir… Read full bio

Riccardo Basile

Principal, Permira

Riccardo is a member of the Portfolio Group. He has worked on a number of transactions including Allegro, Axiom, Magento, Synamedia and Tricor. Prior to joining Permira, Riccardo was a Director at AlixPartners in London for five years, where he deliv… Read full bio

Alain Beyens

Operating Partner, Mid Europa Partners

Alain Beyens is an Operating Partner at Mid Europa Partners and is the Chairman of Moji Brendovi in Mlinar. Alain has served as CEO of Pelican Rouge Group, and prior to that as CEO of StarBev, a leading Central and Eastern European brewing business.… Read full bio

Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Mark Billige is CEO of Simon-Kucher and Partners. He was elected to lead the consultancy alongside Andreas von der Gathen in 2019. During his 15-year career with the company, he has grown the UK business as managing partner and served on the company’… Read full bio

Martijn Bouquet

Portfolio Operations Manager, Waterland

Martijn Bouquet is Portfolio Operations Manager at Waterland in Bussum, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Waterland, Martijn was an independent strategic advisor to a number of Dutch SMEs; focused on strategy, professionalization and transformation p… Read full bio

John Brown

Experienced CFO/Independent Adviser

John Brown is an experienced CFO/Independent adviser with extensive experience in Private Equity businesses, including acquisitions, integrations, divestments, refinancing, financial restructuring, transformation, and acting as a mentor to CFOs and m… Read full bio

Frédéric Brunner

CEO and Founder, Genioo

As CEO & Co-Founder of Genioo, Frédéric advises and helps global corporations and their senior executives to innovate, transform and grow more rapidly. Frédéric is passionate about creating a better future for clients and their companies. He work… Read full bio

Maria Carradice

Managing Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

Maria joined Mayfair in 2015 to work alongside portfolio companies to identify, quantify and unlock business process improvement activities. Maria’s expertise as both a former practitioner and a former consultant allows her to focus on opportunities… Read full bio

Roshan Chekuri

Private Equity and Venture Capital Alliances Lead, FloQast

Roshan Chekuri leads Private Equity & Venture Capital Alliances at FloQast, a provider of accounting workflow automation software created by accountants for accountants to help them work smarter, not harder. Roshan manages strategic relationships… Read full bio

Etienne Colas

Senior Managing Director - Operating Team, LBO France

Etienne joined LBO France in 2013. He started his career in 1987 with Bellcore in the United States, before joining McKinsey in Paris in 1992. Between 2001 and 2005, Etienne was a Partner at Ventech. He subsequently joined a division of Thomson as Ge… Read full bio

David Cooper

Founding Partner, Cooper Limon

David is a recognized pioneer, international speaker and media commentator in the area of leadership risk in PE. He works both with general partners and investee management teams in order to maximise value creation, develop greater foresight and addr… Read full bio

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

Jim is a co-founder of Blue Ridge Partners and serves as the firm’s managing partner. For 35 years he has assisted companies in North America, Europe and Asia accelerate profitable revenue growth. Jim has advised over 250 companies on revenue-related… Read full bio

Blake Cuthbert

Expert Partner, FRWD – Bain & Company

18 years' international digital marketing experience. Formerly Chief Digital Officer at one of the UK’s leading media communications agencies. Has planned, run and led execution of digital marketing campaigns across the full range of client industrie… Read full bio

Catherine Cutts

Principal, KKR

Prior to joining Capstone, Catherine was a Vice President and Head of Data Science at TA Associates, a mid-market growth fund, where she focused on using data science to drive deal-making efficiencies and on portfolio value creation across the follow… Read full bio

Lodewijk De Graauw

Partner - Head of Portfolio Operations, Freshstream

Lodewijk de Graauw is Head of Portfolio Operations for the for Freshstream (www.freshstream.com), a midmarket private equity firm focused on the UK & Benelux. Previously, Lodewijk was a partner at Bain & Company, where he led the European tur… Read full bio

Nerijus Drobavičius

Partner, INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund

Over 15 years of experience in private equity and M and A. Nerijus started as an auditor at Arthur Andersen in 1998 working on both audit and M&A assignments. As from 2001, he spent over 15 years in operational positions being responsible for set… Read full bio

Krzysztof Drozd

Senior Managing Director, Varde Partners

Krzysztof Drozd is Global Head of Portfolio Operations focused on value creation in Värde private equity investments. Based in London, he joined the firm in 2007. Prior to joining Värde, Krzysztof was a Manager at Deloitte responsible for advisory on… Read full bio

Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

Steven has over 20 years of private equity experience gained within private equity firms, as CFO of private equity and venture capital backed companies taking them through to exit as well as PE M&A exposure in investment banking. He joined Frog a… Read full bio

Josh Fidler-Brown

Associate Director, Livingbridge

My role sits within the growth acceleration team, focusing on helping our investee companies address challenges they may face with customer acquisition and retention. Whilst all the companies we work with are different, they all share the goal of gro… Read full bio

Ralph Friedwagner

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ London

Ralph is a Managing Director and Operating Partner in CDPQ’s European Private Equity team. He has over 20 years’ experience as an executive, investor, advisor and board member of private companies across a range of sectors, including financial and bu… Read full bio

Mark Fulford

Head of Portfolio Growth, Hg

Mark works in the operations and Innovation team. His focus is on delivering growth across the portfolio, leading tangible improvement in commercial execution, cross sell / upsell and customer value as well as supporting the deal teams during due dil… Read full bio

John Gilligan

Director, The Finance Lab, Said Business School, Oxford University

John Gilligan has worked in and studied the private equity and venture capital industry for over 25 years. He started his career in 1988 at 3i Group plc. He was a Corporate Finance Partner of Deloitte and latterly BDO for twenty years. He is currentl… Read full bio

Miles Graham

Operating Partner, Operating Partners Group

Operating Partner at the Operating Partners Group, deliver across the typical value creation levers for several Hedge Funds and Family Offices who do not have in-house Operating Partners. Prior to that Miles Graham was an Operating Partner and Operat… Read full bio

Mo Habbas

Managing Director, Alix Partners

Mo has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in private-equity, industrials, technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) by serving as CEO, marketing director, and corporate M&A director, among other roles. Mo focuses on developing and im… Read full bio

Will Harman

Principal, Margin Practice Lead, Apax Partners   

Will Harman is a Principal in the Operational Excellence team, and leads Apax’s global Margin Expansion programme. He joined Apax Partners in 2014 and is based in London. He has led margin improvement work at Apax investments including ThoughtWorks,… Read full bio

Matthew Harris

Operating Partner, SilverTree Equity

Matthew Harris is an Operating Partner at SilverTree Equity with over 20 years of experience leading financial due diligence engagements and advising private equity firms on asset acquisitions and disposals across a broad range of industries, includi… Read full bio

Sarah Herman

Sr. Manager, Tech Business Development, EMEA Private Equity & Global Strategy, AWS

Sarah joined Amazon in 2015, and currently runs the Amazon Web Services Private Equity team in EMEA and the global private equity artificial intelligence & machine learning program. Prior to this role, Sarah managed a team responsible for AWS inf… Read full bio

Rob Hetherington

Senior Operating Partner, Bregal Milestone

Rob leads Milestone Performance Partners, the portfolio optimisation capability in Bregal Milestone. He is an investor in Bregal Milestone and has previously acted as a Senior Advisor to the firm and as a Board Advisor to Basware, one of the firm’s p… Read full bio

Rachael Holtzberg

Digital Operating Partner, TDR Capital

Rachael joined TDR Capital in January 2019. Prior to joining TDR, she was a Director at Monitor Deloitte advising global organisations on their digital strategies in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Previously, Rachael was Head of Strategy for a… Read full bio

Josephine Hus

Operating Executive, Permira

Josephine is a member of the Portfolio Group and leads digital transformation topics across the portfolio. She has worked on a number of transactions including Clearwater Analytics. Prior to joining Permira, Josephine worked for Asurion as its Chief… Read full bio

Celine Infeld

Operating Partner, Investcorp

Celine is an Operating Partner in Investcorp's European Private Equity group. She is currently the Chair of the Cambio Group (healthcare tech), and a Director in Georg Jensen (Danish design brand) and the Sanos Group (healthcare services). Prior to t… Read full bio

Chris Ip

Managing Director, Operating Directors and Entrepreneurial Governance, Partners Group

Chris Ip works in the Operating Directors and Entrepreneurial Governance unit, part of the CEO Office of Partners Group and reporting into the Investment Oversight Committee of the Firm. He has oversight of the recruiting and onboarding of Operating… Read full bio

Kristine Janhunen

Chief People Office, Generate Capital

Kristine Janhunen is Chief People Officer for Generate where she leads all of the people and culture efforts. She started her career as a clinical psychologist and pivoted to working inside funds and corporations in order to more fully leverage the p… Read full bio

David Jones

Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

David joined Pollen Street in September 2020 as Operating Partner for Technology. He works primarily with the PSC portfolio companies, focusing on strategic and tactical analysis of their use of digital technology to drive business improvements. Davi… Read full bio

Steve Jones

Growth Acceleration Team, Livingbridge

Steve Jones, part of Livingbridge’s customer acquisition and retention team, knows first-hand the power of data if used effectively. He supports our investees to develop and evolve analytic capabilities which drive action from insight. He has worked… Read full bio

Soline Kauffmann-Tourkestansky

Head of Platform & ESG, Blisce

Soline is Head of Platform & ESG at blisce/, a pan-Atlantic growth stage VC firm focused on consumer ventures (Spotify, Pinterest, Harry’s, Bird), where she leads post-investment support for portfolio companies around human capital, business deve… Read full bio

Mark Keatley

Experienced Board Member

Mark Keatley sits on the Boards of three PE-controlled pharma companies: Swedish-based global Top 5 pharma CDMO Recipharm AB, German CNS-focussed pharma company Neuraxpharm AG, and Swedish-based specialty pharma/OTC company Karo Pharma AB. In all thr… Read full bio

Michał Kędzia

Partner, Enterprise Investors

Michał Kędzia concentrates on the FMCG, financial services and healthcare sectors. He is also responsible for investments in Slovenia and Croatia. Joined EI in 2007. His most important projects to date include Dino, Intersport ISI, Nu-Med Grupa, PAN-… Read full bio

Alex Kesseler

Head of Performance Improvement, Antin Infrastructure Partners

Alex leads Antin’s Performance Improvement team which identifies operational value creation opportunities and supports management teams in realising them, from the due diligence phase to divestment. He has significantly supported the Deal Teams for I… Read full bio

Oliver Kullman

Partner, Baltcap

Oliver (born in Estonia in 1979) joined BaltCap in 2007 from a London-based strategy consultancy. Oliver’s involved in portfolio companies Piletilevi, the leading regional ticketing services platform, and FCR Media, a digital services firm. He has pr… Read full bio

Marc Lino

Senior Partner, Global ESG Leader for Private Equity, Bain&Company

Marc is a senior partner based in Bain&Company’s Amsterdam office. He leads global ESG efforts for our Private Equity practice. In this capacity, Marc works with our clients across the investing value chain – from fundraising and strategy through… Read full bio

Alex Lizcano

Managing Director, Cinven

Alex is a member of the Portfolio team. He has been involved in a number of transactions, including think-cell. Prior to Cinven, Alex worked at Partners Group, where since 2017 he led value creation in TMT assets with functional expertise in sales ex… Read full bio

Jérôme Losson

Partner, Head of Operations Team - BC Partners

Jérôme is a Partner at BC Partners, where he has lead the development of the global operations team since 2012, and where he chairs the Portfolio Review Committee. At BC, Jérôme has been involved in a number of investments (Acuris, Antelliq,CarTrawle… Read full bio

James Markham

Senior Partner - Value Creation, Graphite Capital

James joined Graphite Capital in 2002. Currently, he is on the board of four portfolio companies and works on a number of others. He is responsible for the monitoring of investments and for implementing best practice across Graphite’s portfolio. He f… Read full bio

Robert Massey

Managing Director, Business Services, AnaCap

Robert is a Managing Director focusing on Business Services in the Private Equity team and joined AnaCap from Oliver Wyman, where he was a Principal in the Financial Services practice. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxfo… Read full bio

Tamara McMillen

Member of the Portfolio Team, Hg

Tamara McMillen is a member of the Portfolio Team at Hg. As Portfolio CRO, Tamara partners with Hg’s portfolio companies on value-creation initiatives achieving growth through sales excellence and customer success. With focus on execution, leadership… Read full bio

Michaela Merlin-Jones

Vice President, Vendor Optimization Specialist, Apax Partners

Michaela Merlin-Jones is a Vice President in the Operational Excellence team. She joined Apax Partners in 2019 and is currently based in the UK. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Michaela was a Senior Manager at Efficio, a specialist Procurement consul… Read full bio

Marc Metzner

Vice President, Alexander Group

Marc Metzner is Vice President and National Director for Alexander Group’s Private Equity practice. He works with Alexander Group’s industry teams to help PE partners unlock value and boost valuation through go-to-market (GTM)/Commercial Diligence, V… Read full bio

Nigel Miers

Director/Founder, Procurement Advantage

Nigel is a co-founder of Procurement Advantage which was formed in March 2020 with a view to supporting Private Equity Portfolio companies extending a procurement model which has assisted PE companies since 2010. The process itself has achieved £90m… Read full bio

George Moss

Partner , ECI Partners

George joined ECI in 2008 and is currently on the boards of Travel Chapter and 4Ways as well as co-ordinating ECI’s activities in the Consumer and Healthcare sectors. Prior to ECI, George worked for five years at Rothschild in their Corporate Finance… Read full bio

Yawar Murad

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Yawar Murad is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Private Equity Performance Improvement practice in London. Mr. Murad specializes in providing technology advice to private equity (PE) funds and their portfolio companies. His primary are… Read full bio

Esther Nayyar

Managing Director, Due Diligence and Value Creation, ICG

Esther joined ICG in 2018 and is a Managing Director covering portfolio value creation and strategic diligence in the Subordinated Debt and Equity team. Prior to joining ICG, she spent over ten years at The Boston Consulting Group, where she advised… Read full bio
Tony O'Carroll

Tony O'Carroll

Head of Investment-Ops Team and Managing Director, SVPGlobal

Tony O’Carroll is a Managing Director of SVPGlobal and Head of the investment-operating team in Europe. Tony works with SVP’s investee companies, as well as in new investments, and is currently on the boards of Vita Group, Pfleiderer and Koeckner Pen… Read full bio

Sean O’Flynn

Managing Director, AlixPartners

Sean is an experienced consultant with almost 20 years of industry and advisory experience in the area of operational performance improvement, with a focus on automotive and industrial technology and private equity. Sean also focuses on supporting co… Read full bio

Elena Pantazi

Partner, Talent and Portfolio Development, Northzone

Elena focuses on helping Northzone’s portfolio companies build strong teams and advise founders on their growth journey. She also works closely with our investment team on pre-deal talent needs across deal origination and due diligence. Prior to Nort… Read full bio

Christopher Parmo

COO/CFO, Verdane

Formal role as CEO, responsible for all Verdane internal and portfolio company operations. Working together with Managing Partner / CIO. Experience from executive positions in several tech companies, as entrepreneur and from management consulting. El… Read full bio

Gabriele Questa

Managing Director, KKR Capstone

Gabriele Questa (London) joined KKR Capstone in 2018 and currently serves as a Managing Director for KKR Capstone in EMEA. Mr. Questa is a member of KKR’s Global Special Situations Portfolio Management Committee and leads large-scale transformations… Read full bio

Harshavardhan Ramanan

Investment Director, LDC

Harsha is responsible for helping LDC portfolio companies deliver profitable growth through commercial excellence. Since joining LDC in 2017, Harsha has partnered with nearly 20 LDC portfolio companies to deliver incremental enterprise value of over… Read full bio

Duncan Ramsay

Partner, ECI Partners

Duncan is a member of the Commercial Team, focused on supporting growth at the companies we invest in. Duncan’s focus is on both assessing potential investments, as well as working with businesses within the portfolio to drive incremental growth. Dun… Read full bio

Nicolas Réquillart

Chief Digital Officer & Operating Team Leader, Siparex Group

Nicolas Réquillart-Jeanson has founded & manage Siparex’s operating team in 2018. As Chief Digital Officer, Nicolas assists portfolio company CEO defining and implementing their transformation plans. He also works with the investment teams to ass… Read full bio

Jerome Richard

Operating Partner, Wendel

Jérôme Richard joined Wendel’s Investment Team in 2019 as an Operating Partner. He is a Board member of several companies in the portfolio. Jérôme began his career at Boston Consulting Group during eight years in France and in the USA, developing exp… Read full bio

Alan Roux

Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

Alan is a member of CVC's private equity operations team and is based in London. Prior to CVC, Alan was an operating partner responsible for Blackstone's European private equity portfolio of companies, holding several board roles particularly in the… Read full bio

Bjørn Ruwald

Managing Director, Co-Head, KKR Capstone Europe

Bjorn Ruwald (London) joined KKR Capstone in 2010. He currently serves as Co-Head of KKR Capstone in Europe and co-leads KKR Capstone’s technology & digital value creation efforts globally. Mr. Ruwald focuses on the Nordic region and the TMT… Read full bio

Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners SAS

Gregory joined Apax Partners in 2017 as Chief Digital Officer. He is now Operating Partner Digital & Sustainability. Gregory holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a diploma in International Studies from Johns Hopkins School of International… Read full bio

Shashank Samant

President & CEO, GlobalLogic

Since joining GlobalLogic in 2008, Shashank Samant has transformed the company from a team of bright software engineers working with start-ups, into a global digital engineering services leader, helping Fortune 1000 companies achieve their digital am… Read full bio

Ralph Schuck

Managing Director, Private Equity Goods and Products, Partners Group

Ralph Schuck is part of the Private Equity Goods and Products business unit, based in Zug, serving as a member of the Private Equity Direct Leads Investment Committee and the Private Equity Direct Co-Investments in Goods and Products Investment Commi… Read full bio

Moti Shahani

Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

Moti serves as a Managing Director of Blue Ridge Partners, based in London and serving PE firms and their portfolio companies across Europe. Moti has more than 25 years' experience of driving value-creating growth. Before joining Blue Ridge Partners,… Read full bio

Marc Stoneham

Partner, Development Partners International

Marc has a lifelong passion for building the leading companies of the African continent and has lived and worked for most of his career across the continent. Marc leads the portfolio management team, partnering with DPI’s portfolio companies to imple… Read full bio

Jim Strang

Chairman of the Board, Hg Capital

Jim is an experienced Private Markets investment professional and strategy consultant with a wide range of Board and C-level experience gained across multiple organisations over the last 25 years, notably with Hamilton Lane, the largest investor glob… Read full bio

Jean-Philippe Syed

Principal, Development Partners International

JP is a Principal at DPI, an Africa focused emerging market PE fund with US$1.5bn AuM, which he joined in 2016. He looks after 10 portfolio companies in sectors such as banking, higher education, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, agri-business, packaging,… Read full bio

Lisa Telford

Portfolio Talent Director, Montagu Private Equity

Lisa is a member of the Full Potential Partners team, focussed on Talent Management and based in London. She joined Montagu in 2017 from Odgers Berndston, where she spent four years specialising in board-level executive and non-executive appointments… Read full bio

Franck Temam

Portfolio Performance Group, PAI Partners

Franck Temam joined PAI Partners in 2011 in the Performance Group, after having held management positions at Procter & Gamble and 10 years at McKinsey leading operational transformations globally. Since at PAI, Franck is involved across sectors i… Read full bio

Paul Vega

Partner, Cinven

Paul is a Partner in the Portfolio team of Cinven, based in London. He has been involved in a number of transactions, including TK Elevator, Viridium Group and PPF. Paul joined Cinven from Amcor in Zurich, where he built and led Amcor’s EMEA Healthca… Read full bio

Willem Vunderink

Founding Partner, Vunderink De Vries

Willem graduated in tax law in 1996 at the Erasmus Rotterdam University and during his professional career he specialized in logical and mathematical analysis techniques that can be applied to prevent tax valuation controversy (between investors and… Read full bio

Tim Wainwright

Managing Director, Duff & Phelps - A Kroll Business

Tim Wainwright is a Managing Director with Duff & Phelps, a Kroll company. He has over 20 years of experience working with private equity and corporate clients advising on M&A and Performance Improvement projects. Tim’s leverages the wider Du… Read full bio

Sarah Walker

VP-Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

Sarah Walker is the VP, Global Head of Private Equity Practice at Salesforce. Her team’s remit is to build strategic partnerships with the Private Equity community, supporting and accelerating our partners’ portfolio companies and acquisitions to ach… Read full bio

Elizabeth Wallace

Head of Portfolio Talent, Hg

Elizabeth Wallace is the Head of Portfolio Talent at Hg and is responsible for ensuring outstanding talent continues to be hired and supported in our portfolio companies. Before joining Hg in 2019, Elizabeth worked at BlackRock, the world’s largest a… Read full bio

Lisa Weaver-Lambert

Data and Digital Portfolio Executive

Lisa is senior executive with extensive experience using data and technology to accelerate performance. Previously Digital and Data Director for a Mid-Cap Private Equity firm, ex-Accenture, and brings a strong and diverse line role experience in busi… Read full bio
Michael Weyrich

Michael Weyrich

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

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Antonia Wrede

Principal, KKR Capstone

Antonia Wrede joined KKR’s team of operating partners, KKR Capstone, in 2017 where she works with the Global Impact team and co-leads the ESG Task Force in EMEA. Ms. Wrede has been involved with several portfolio companies, including ERM, GfK, Citati… Read full bio

Year-round networking for operating partners

The Operating Partners Forum: Europe will take place live and in-person this November at the Hilton Tower Bridge in London.

Connect with a community of operating partners and value creation leaders to discuss strategies on delivering growth at portfolio companies and gain invaluable insights to benefit your business through strategic value creation discussions.

Meet our growing community of Operating Partners

Accel-KKR
AEA Investors
Altamont Capital Partners
Apax Partners
Apollo Global Management
Aqua Capital
Argosy Private Equity
Blackstone
Equity Group Investments
Genstar Capital
Georgian Partnes
GI Partners
Global Infrastructure Partners
GTCR
Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company
HCI Equity Partners
Hellman & Friedman
HGGC
High Road Capital Partners
J.F. Lehman & Company
Lightyear Capital
Marblegate Asset Management
Miura Private Equity
Oaktree Capital
OMERS Private Equity
One Equity Partners
One Rock Capital Partners
Onex Corporation
Partners Group
Platinum Equity
Pritzker Private Capital
Providence Equity
Sightway Capital
Siris Capital Group
Star Mountain Capital
STG Partners
Summit Partners
TPG Capital
Turnspire Capital Partners
Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS)

Connect with your peers.

Connect with a community of operating partners and value creation leaders in networking sessions and small group meetings.

Hear from leaders in private equity.

The Forum’s authoritative speaking faculty will share key information that will increase value creation in your portfolio.

Save time building your network.

Create and nurture sustainable relationships with private equity’s elite by using our sophisticated matchmaking platform.

What our attendees are saying about Operating Partners Forum: Europe

David Bryan

Managing Partner & CEO, BM&T

This is now the must-attend event for Operating Partners in the UK if not Europe. An excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking and to network w…

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Benjamin Bach

Partner, E2T Capital

Good forum, practical, a wealth of know-how sitting in the room and straight to the point

Charlotte Gregson

Comatch, Managing Director UK

The forum is a great environment to connect with familiar faces, meet new people and discuss topical issues facing the industry

2021 Sponsors

PEI’s Annual Operating Partner Forums unite private equity operating partners and value creation experts. This intersection of individuals provides service providers with unique and customized programs to engage in thought-provoking content discussions. The Forums also facilitate numerous opportunities to connect through one-on-one meetings, roundtable discussions and various other networking activities.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities in 2021, please complete the enquiry form, contact Christopher Wagland at chris.w@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 207 566 5475.

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Covid-19 precautions

Venue

Hilton Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2BY

Hilton Tower Bridge

To help keep you and your peers safe, here are the entry requirements you need to know ahead of the event.

To enter the event if you are vaccinated, you are required to:

  • Show an official vaccine certificate AND
  • Provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test/rapid antigen test*

To enter the event if you are not vaccinated, you are required to:

  • Provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test/rapid antigen test*

* taken within 24 hours of arrival at the event venue

Planning and risk assessment

As always each event has a detailed plan and risk assessment in light of local government and health authority frameworks, now specific to the Covid pandemic. Trained PEI staff are working to event industry protocols such as those developed by the Association of Event Organisers to minimise and mitigate risks.

Each event has a nominated person responsible for ensuring the control measures identified in the risk assessment are followed before, during and after the event.

Cleanliness

PEI is working with our venue partners to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

This includes a deep clean pre-event and continuous sanitisation during the event, with a focus on high-contact areas such as lifts, staircases, door handles, restrooms and food and beverage delivery points.

In tandem with venue measures, PEI encourages attendees to to take full advantage of hand sanitisation stations around the venue.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Attendees and staff at all PEI events may be required to use items of PPE in accordance with local government and health authority regulations. This could include wearing a face covering, the use of gloves and/or face screens in certain positions. Joining instructions will make requirements clear and PEI staff will advise on site.

Contactless

Where possible PEI will encourage attendees to minimise their contacts. This the event registration process and also contact between attendees. PEI encourages all attendees to avoid close social contact such as hand-shakes and to find digital alternatives to exchanging details rather than business cards.

Attendee numbers and density

PEI will assess and manage in line with local government and health authority mandates the number of delegates in the event space and the flow of attendee traffic in and out of plenary and break-out rooms and around exhibition rooms and other meeting spaces.

We will institute one-way systems around venues as appropriate, including generous, phased entry-times to the venue and rooms, on-site signage and floor markings. Colleagues will be on hand to assist attendees.

Testing

In line with local government regulations PEI may follow screening and testing protocols to enable attendance of the event. We will communicate those requirements in good time for attendees to make arrangements, should they be necessary before arrival at the venue.

Track and trace

We will work with local authorities as required to track, trace and contact attendees in line with the applicable privacy legislation.

Medical

Qualified first-aid staff will be ready to assist anyone falling ill for whatever reason. In the event of any attendee suffering Covid-related symptoms, the PEI team will follow local health guidance in ensuring the safety of all participants.