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The largest global event for private equity value creation

Private Equity International’s Operating Partners Forum New York is the world’s largest event dedicated to operating partners. The 11th annual event is focused on best practices in private equity portfolio operations and value creation across all functional business areas.

Join the operating partner community to discuss and debate the best reset strategies to deliver maximum portfolio growth post-crisis this October in-person in New York City.

Extensive opportunities to network, compare best practices, build new relationships and influence the future of value creation models make this an event not to be missed.


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 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 agenda

The 2021 agenda is carefully curated to feature the most prominent functional areas in value creation for your portfolio companies. Click the headings below for a snapshot of some of the top features you’ll find in the agenda:

 

Value Creation

  • One hour invitation-only think tanks each day for operating partners to select:
    1. advanced/seasoned operating partners
    2. emerging operating partners
    3. human capital operating partners
    4. digital operating partners
  • How operating teams work best with investment teams
  • Operating partner models post COVID-19: what will the future of value creation look like?
  • Governance – selecting and managing boards as a value creation lever
  • Effective value creation strategies for carveouts and M&As
  • The archetype of a world class operating team

Revenue Growth

  • The future of sales: virtual sales best practices and the impact of virtual workforces
  • Uncovering the most important GTM levers
  • Leveraging customer success initiatives for growth
  • Uncovering revenue growth stories and early warning signs with operating partners
  • Developing a successful ecommerce strategy in an increasingly digital world

Human Capital

  • Human capital operating partners think tank: a one hour value creation war room led by and exclusively for operating partners
  • Big data & workforce analytics
  • What will the future role of the human capital operating partner look like?
  • Talent acquisition, development, and assessment best practices in the post-COVID world
  • Integrating culture for success
  • Accelerating management team performance post transaction
  • The future of human capital and virtual workforces: what lies ahead

Technology

  • Digital and technology operating partners think tank: a one hour value creation war room led by and exclusively for operating partners
  • Digital transformations: how things will change
  • Dissecting cost structures and customer interaction via technology
  • Advanced data science to govern the business throughout the investment life-cycle
  • Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning for value creation
  • Cybersecurity in the modern age: dos and don’ts

Supply Chain & Procurement

  • Navigating supply chain disruptions and post-COVID best practices
  • Impact of technologies and today’s fast paced e-commerce on your supply chain
  • Supply chain cost optimization: individual company vs. cross-portfolio programs
  • Procurement transformations in the first 100 days

Finance

  • Add-on acquisition readiness: adding value through the finance function
  • How can PE best support portco CFOs?
  • Transforming finance from a cost-center into a value-creation engine
  • Identifying, attracting, and recruiting top CFO talent
  • Enabling a data-driven CFO

Operating partners only networking

Join your fellow operating partners for exclusive networking events throughout the Forum.

This year’s Forum offers an unprecedented number of operating partner-only networking and interactive sessions, including:

  • Pre-event networking reception on October 19
  • Closed-door think tanks
  • Interactive working groups
  • Breakfast deep dive discussions
  • Women in PE and VC portfolio operations lunch discussion

Learn more

2021 Speakers

Firms attending the Operating Partners Forum New York

Accel-KKR
AEA Investors
Altamont Capital Partners
Apax Partners
Apollo Global Management
Aqua Capital
Argosy Private Equity
Audax Private Equity
Bain Capital
Blackstone
BV Investments
Centerbridge Partners
CI Capital Partners
CVC Capital Partners
Edison Partners
Elliott Investment Management
EQT Partners
Equity Group Investments
Francisco Partners Consulting
Frazier Healthcare Partners
General Atlantic
Genstar Capital
Georgian Partnes
GI Partners
Global Container Terminals
Global Infrastructure Partners
Grain Management
GTCR
Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company
HCI Equity Partners
Hellman & Friedman
HGGC
High Road Capital Partners
Insight Partners
J.F. Lehman & Company
Kamylon Holdings
Level Equity
Lightyear Capital
Lindsay Goldberg
Marblegate Asset Management
Miura Private Equity
Monomoy Capital Partners
NCK Capital
Oaktree Capital
OMERS Private Equity
One Equity Partners
One Rock Capital Partners
Onex Corporation
Pamlico Capital
Partners Group
Platinum Equity
Pritzker Private Capital
Providence Equity
Serent Capital
Sightway Capital
Siris Capital Group
Skyknight
Solum
Southfield Capital
Star Mountain Capital
Sterling Group
STG Partners
Summit Partners
Sun Capital Partners
TCV
The Carlyle Group
Thompson Street Capital Partners
TPG Capital
Trive Capital
Turnspire Capital Partners
Värde Partners
Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS)
Wardburg Pictures
World Travel Inc.

What our attendees say

The Operating Partners Forum is a fantastic 2 days where thought leaders share best practices and key learnings in a collaborative and transparent fashion. I al…

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I find this conference the best way to network with my peers in the operating partner community. The quality of attendees and dialog is outstanding and always h…

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For a new Operating Partner in PE the conference was an invaluable accelerator in my learning process of the key challenges and opportunities in the space.

2021 Speakers

For speaking opportunities, contact Marc Mele at marc.m@peimedia.com or call +1 646 581 9295.

Tracey Abbott

Senior Operating Lead, Partners Group

Tracey Abbott leads the Americas Industry Value Creation (portfolio operations) Consumer Goods and Retail team at Partners Group, an $92 B Assets under management private equity firm. She sits on three boards, ranging from food co- manufacturing to r… Read full bio

Sean Adkins

Managing Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, West Monroe Partners

Sean has a focus on delivering value for his private equity clients across a wide range of investments. He has expertise in technology strategy through implementation, but typically operates at the intersection of technology and operations, given tha… Read full bio

Aswatha Amarnath

Senior Vice President, Strategic Engagements and Sales Strategy, Wipro

Aswatha Amarnath (Amar) is a Senior Vice President at Wipro. He has global responsibilities for sales and go-to-market functions. This includes leadership for large & complex deals globally, Wipro’s sales operations, responsible for Private Equit… Read full bio
Geoffrey Baird LLR Partners

Geoffrey Baird

Independent Operating Executive, Palladium Equity Partners

Palladium is a middle market private equity firm with nearly $3 billion of assets under management. Founded in 1997, it is one of the oldest and largest minority-owned firms in the industry, with a present team of employees that is over 70% diverse o… Read full bio

Bob Barthelmes

Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Blackstone

Bob Barthelmes is an Managing Director in the Portfolio Operations group, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies with a focus on technology, operations, and digital transformation. Before joining… Read full bio
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Anish Batlaw

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

Anish Batlaw is an Operating Partner at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s Human Capital efforts (people, pay, and performance) in support of its global portfolio companies. His responsibilities include development of management teams, board of di… Read full bio

Jarrad Berman

Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group

Jarrad Berman joined TZP Group in September 2019. Prior to TZP, he was the Global Head of Ecommerce Marketing at Facebook. At Facebook, Jarrad worked with Fortune 500 companies and digital disruptors across ecommerce, retail, tech/telco, restaurants,… Read full bio
Ted Bililies, AlixPartners

Ted Bililies

Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners

Ted is an internationally-recognized expert on leadership and organization development. He advises investors, CEOs, and boards globally to help them position the right leaders for key roles and to support those leaders and teams for maximal value cre… Read full bio

Kristin Brown Patrick

Senior Operating Partner, Human Capital, New State Capital Partners

Kristin joined New State Capital Partners in 2019 as Senior Operating Partner, Human Capital with more than 25 years of hands-on growth strategy, executive search, talent acquisition and talent development experience. The bulk of Kristin’s career has… Read full bio
Matt Brubaker, FMG Leading

Matt Brubaker

CEO, FMG Leading

Throughout his career, Dr. Matt Brubaker has advised executive leaders and teams in a variety of areas, including senior leadership development, conflict resolution, and large-scale organizational assessment and change. An expert in sustainable trans… Read full bio

Wendy Buxton

President, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions

Wendy Buxton, President, has an established reputation in diverse industries for excelling growth of organizations through corporate vision, strategic planning, and the power of effective leadership. Ms. Buxton's career as an executive level strategi… Read full bio
Andy Caine Frazier Healthcare Partners

Andy Caine

Partner, Human Capital, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Andy is a Partner at Frazier Healthcare where he focuses on pre-investment organizational due diligence, talent assessment and development, and post-acquisition management. In addition, he has designed and help lead the firm’s diversity, equity, incl… Read full bio

Greg Carlson

Managing Director, Riveron

Greg Carlson, Managing Director at Riveron, is responsible for client service and practice development specializing in functional transformations, liquidity optimization, and transaction support. Greg brings 20 years of consulting and industry experi… Read full bio

Brian Chu

Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners

Brian joined Centerbridge in 2016 and co-leads Firm’s portfolio operations team. The Portfolio Operations Team is integrated into the vertical investment teams. They start in Due Diligence, then work with the management team to set and execute the Va… Read full bio

Susan Clark

Managing Director, Operations, Sun Capital Partners

Susan Clark, Managing Director, joined Sun Capital in 2021. Prior to joining Sun Capital, Susan was General Partner of Portfolio Operations at TCV, a technology growth investment firm. Susan was responsible for standing up the firm’s advisory and ope… Read full bio

David Cohen

Managing Director, Human Capital, Kelso & Company

David joined Kelso in 2019. He is focused on applying talent and human capital best practices to enhancing the firm’s investment process, portfolio companies and Kelso Specialist Network. He spent the preceding nine years with American Securities in… Read full bio

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

Jim is 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 i… Read full bio

Steve Cumbow

Operating Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners

Steve Cumbow joined Sentinel Capital Partners as an operating partner in 2015. He has worked closely with Sentinel since 2010, when he joined one of the firm's portfolio companies as CFO. Before joining Sentinel, he was a member of the operations tea… Read full bio

Jamey Cummings

Partner – Cybersecurity and Technology, JM Search

Jamey is a Partner at JM Search and a member of the Firm’s Cybersecurity and IT Executives Practice. Jamey has more than 14 years of executive recruiting experience and is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment,… Read full bio

Adam Cummins

PMO Lead, Global Investment Resources, The Carlyle Group

Adam Cummins is a Director with West Monroe, a Management Consulting firm that helps organizations build agile operations that maximize results. For the past several years Adam has served as the PMO lead for The Carlyle Group’s Global Investment Reso… Read full bio
Jon Davies, Lightyear Capital

Jon Davies

Managing Director, Head of Talent, Lightyear Capital

Jon Davies is a Managing Director and Head of Talent at Lightyear Capital where his primary focus is managing the Senior Advisor network as well as appointing C-Suite Executives and Board members within Lightyears portfolio companies. Prior to joinin… Read full bio
Ashley Day, CI Capital Partners

Ashley Day

Chief Talent Officer, CI Capital Partners

Ashley Day, Ph.D. is the Chief Talent Officer and joined CI Capital Partners in 2019. She is dedicated to championing an overall strategy for human capital development and talent assessment across the portfolio. In her role, Ashley enables CI Capital… Read full bio
Merche Del Valle, Grain management

Merche del Valle

Managing Director, Chief Talent Officer & Chief HR Officer, Grain Management

Merche del Valle is a Managing Director, Chief Talent Officer and Chief HR Officer at Grain Management. She is responsible for developing a robust and diverse pipeline of leadership talent, working across Grain and portfolio companies to identify, as… Read full bio

Cory Eaves

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

Cory A. Eaves is an Operating Partner at General Atlantic, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies with a focus on technology, operations, and digital transformation. Before joining General Atlant… Read full bio

Adam Echter

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Adam Echter is a Partner based in Simon-Kucher’s Silicon Valley office. He brings two decades of B2B sales & pricing experience across manufactured goods, industrial equipment and technology industries. Adam has built pricing & sales organiza… Read full bio

Spencer T. Farrar

Private Equity Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In his current role at AWS, Spencer supports US-based private equity firms grow their business through the use of cloud computing and digital transformation. Prior to joining AWS in 2019, he worked at Cerberus Capital where he served as the interim C… Read full bio

Michael Farrell

Executive Vice President of Business Development, World Travel, Inc.

Michael Farrell is World Travel, Inc.’s EVP of Business Development, overseeing the company’s Sales and Marketing teams. Mike’s experience in the travel industry, which spans over 20 years, ranges from vacation and leisure travel to corporate transie… Read full bio

Michael Frain

Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Warburg Pincus

Michael Frain is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2008, leads the firm's Shared Services program, which program helps portfolio companies drive strategy and value in areas such as procurement, employee benefits, corporate insurance and rea… Read full bio

Bill Fry

Managing Director, American Securities

Bill Fry joined American Securities in 2010. He leads our Resources Group, which assists portfolio companies with value creation by providing them world-class talent in operations, strategy, IT, HR, financial performance, and commercial excellence. B… Read full bio

Bala Ganesan

Managing Director, Special Situations, Oaktree Capital Management

Mr. Ganesan is a Managing Director within Oaktree Capital's Special Situation/Private Equity group. He specializes in driving commercial and operational performance improvement initiatives, including turnarounds, collaboratively with management teams… Read full bio

Angela Geffre

Chief Human Resources Officer, Sun Capital Partners

Angela is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sun Capital Advisors, where she partners with the Investment and Operating Partner teams to accelerate growth through talent. Angela’s role focuses on leading human capital initiatives for both the firm… Read full bio

Ignacio Giraldo

Partner, TPG Growth

Mr. Giraldo is a Partner with TPG Growth and TPG Rise in San Francisco. As a member of the Business Building team, he focuses his time on consumer goods, retail, the circular economy and ed-tech. Prior to joining TPG, Ignacio worked in management con… Read full bio

Daniel Goetz

Principal, Operational Excellence, Siris Capital

Mr. Goetz joined Siris Capital in 2013 and is a Managing Director, leading the firm’s Operational Excellence practice. Mr. Goetz works with management teams and operating advisors to identify, drive, and manage value creation initiatives at Siris por… Read full bio

Amanda Good

Partner and Head of Global Value Creation, Searchlight Capital Partners

Amanda has spent 20 years in the private equity industry, working with high growth technology, media and branded companies. Amanda joined Searchlight Capital, in their NY office, to lead the value creation team in early 2021, driving consistency and… Read full bio
Hannah G, Insight Partners

Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee,

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Insight Partners

Hannah joined Insight Partners in 2021 to drive the growth of Insight and its portfolio as a strategy and innovation leader. Prior to joining Insight, Hannah worked at McKinsey & Company, Buckingham Palace, and ran a professional development star… Read full bio

Tommy Greer

Senior Vice President Enterprise Energy Solutions, Insight Sourcing Group

Tommy leads Insight Sourcing Group's Enterprise Energy & Sustainability business and has over 25 years working with national and global companies to integrate more cost-effective supply, demand-side and renewable solutions. With a history of lead… Read full bio

Doron Grosman

President and CEO, Global Container Terminals

Doron Grosman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., with operations in Vancouver BC, Bayonne NJ and Staten Island NY. Doron is a seasoned multi industry executive with experience in a variety of C-suite… Read full bio
Todd Grove, Quantum Health

Todd Grove

Vice President, Private Equity, Quantum Health

As Vice President of Private Equity, Todd serves as the liaison between Private Equity firms, their portfolio companies, and Quantum Health. He works to educate the senior leadership teams on independent navigation and identifies opportunities for pa… Read full bio
Asheesh Gupta

Asheesh Gupta

Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Private Equity

Asheesh is a Managing Director for Audax Private Equity, based in Boston. Prior to joining Audax in 2008, Asheesh worked as the Director of Performance Improvement and Supply Chain Management at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Prior to that,… Read full bio

Dan Hawkins

CEO, Summit Leadership Partners

Dan is the CEO and Founder of Summit Leadership Partners. He advises boards, CEO's, investors and business leaders on strategy execution and value creation through leadership and organization performance. After a successful corporate career, Dan foun… Read full bio

Kara Helander

Managing Director, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Carlyle Group

Kara Helander is a Managing Director and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. She is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Helander was a Managing Director at BlackRock where she led the firm’s global inclusion and diversity, and p… Read full bio

Michael Hennessey

Managing Director, Grant Thornton

Mike Hennessey is a Managing Director in the Financial Transformation practice of Grant Thornton located in Charlotte, NC. Mike currently leads the growth and development of Advisory Capabilities within Grant Thornton’s Transformation practice with s… Read full bio

Gary Hoover

Vice President, Global Supply Chain Practice, TBM Consulting Group

Gary has over 30 years of experience working as a senior operations executive, a management consultant and military officer. He currently leads TBM’s Global Private Equity practice and works closely with over 50 private equity clients and their portf… Read full bio

Jerry Hughes

Director, Commercial Excellence, American Securities

Jerry Hughes joined American Securities, where he helps portfolio companies increase revenue growth by strengthening sales and marketing capabilities, in 2018. Prior to joining American Securities, Jerry spent nine years at Blue Ridge Partners, a bou… Read full bio
Benjamin Humphreys, Monomoy Capital Partners

Benjamin Humphreys

Senior Operating Executive, Monomoy Capital Partners

Ben is a Senior Operating Executive at Monomoy and works with our portfolio companies on revenue growth and profit improvement. Prior to joining Monomoy, Ben held several operating and CFO roles with Cerberus, Blackrock and Staple Street Capital. Ben… Read full bio

Travis Huch

Vice President Alliances, Private Equity Partners, Zuora

Mr. Huch Joined Zuora in 2008 after spending time in enterprise software and sales consulting. In sales roles and in managing customer success for North America for Zuora, he has had experience in working with many saas and technology companies of al… Read full bio

Marc Iampieri

Managing Director, AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses successfully address their most complex and critical challenges. Our clients include companies, corporate boards, law firms, investment banks, private equi… Read full bio

Natalie Ings

Managing Director, Portfolio Solutions, Lightyear Capital

Natalie Ings is a Managing Director in Portfolio Solutions at Lightyear Capital. Ms. Ings focuses on supporting Lightyear's senior management in enhancing value and driving growth at Lightyear's portfolio companies. Prior to joining Lightyear in 2016… Read full bio
Prital Kadakia

Prital Kadakia

Partner, Serent Capital

Prital leads the portfolio operations team for Serent Capital, working closely with the management teams at Serent portfolio companies on value-creation initiatives to drive measurable and sustained revenue and earnings impact. Prital's work with por… Read full bio

Jason Karl

Principal, Advent International

Jason Karl joined Advent in 2010 as an Associate in the Boston office focusing on buyout investments in the industrial sector. Following business school, he rejoined Advent in the New York office. Prior to Advent, Jason was an Associate Consultant at… Read full bio

Christopher Kim

Senior Vice President, Platinum Equity

Chris Kim is a Senior Vice President within Platinum Equity’s Mergers & Acquisitions Operations practice. He is responsible for evaluating Human Capital aspects of prospective additions to the Platinum Equity portfolio. Chris also has responsibil… Read full bio

Neil Kimber

Operating Principal, Accel-KKR

Neil Kimber is a Principal and Consulting CTO at Accel¬-KKR Consulting Group. Within Accel-KKR, his responsibilities include working with deal teams during technical due diligence, aiding portfolio companies with specific technology initiatives and m… Read full bio

Bill Klein

President, Consero Global

Bill is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience with technology and services organizations ranging from startups to large organizations. He is passionate about helping small and mid-size businesses reach their full potential and leverages a… Read full bio

Michael Kohlsdorf

President, Francisco Partners Consulting

Mike Kohlsdorf is the Founder and President of Francisco Partners Consulting (FPC). He is also the Co-Chairman of the Portfolio Committee and joined Francisco Partners (FP) as an Operating Partner in March of 2011. FP has raised $25 billion in commit… Read full bio
Amy Kramer, Level Equity

Amy Kramer

Operating Partner, Level Equity

Amy is an Operating Partner at Level Equity focused on Go-to-Market Strategy. Amy provides operational expertise to Level Equity's portfolio companies and conducts Sales and Marketing diligence for new investments. Prior to Level equity, Amy was the… Read full bio

Raj Kushwaha

Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Warburg Pincus

Raj Kushwaha joined Warburg Pincus in 2012 and serves as Managing Director, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer responsible for operations and technology diligence with prospective investments, as well as ongoing work with the firm's existing… Read full bio

Markus Lahrkamp

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Markus Lahrkamp is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal. With more than 20 years of consulting experience in North America and abroad, he brings a wealth of experience in top-line growth and operational improvement of manufacturing, distribu… Read full bio
Nicki Lambropoulos, Cold Bore Capital Management

Nicki Lambropoulos

Operating Partner, Cold Bore Capital Management

Nicki Lambropoulos, Operating Partner Ms. Lambropoulos joined Cold Bore in 2021 as an Operating Partner. She is focused on advising and managing financial and operational improvement initiatives across the portfolio. Additionally, Ms. Lambropoulos is… Read full bio

Paul Lennick

Senior Vice President, M&A Services, ContinuServe

Paul Lennick leads the M&A practice at ContinuServe. In this capacity, Paul provides full M&A lifecycle services to clients with a focus on carve-outs. He and his team deliver optimal back-office capabilities to deliver EBITDA improvements, o… Read full bio
Jean Marc Levy, Edison Partners

Jean-Marc Levy

Operating Partner, Edison Partners

Jean-Marc Levy is an experienced CEO and Board Member of high-growth venture- and PE-backed technology companies. He is a recognized leader in the Ethics & Compliance and Financial Services industries, with deep expertise in organizational scalab… Read full bio

Misha Logvinov

Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners

Misha joined EQT in 2018 as Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy. In his role, he is advising the EQT's investment teams and portfolio companies on digital transformation. Previously, he was Group Vice President of Cloud Customer Success at Orac… Read full bio

Evan Lorch

Operating Partner, Francisco Partners Consulting

Prior to joining Francisco Partners Consulting, Evan served as Chief Financial Officer of Optanix, Inc and ShoreGroup Solutions, two of Francisco Partners’ portfolio companies. Evan has been the CFO of numerous startups and private equity backed comp… Read full bio
Harrison Lung

Harrison Lung

Partner, Portfolio Value Creation, Siris Capital

Harrison Lung joined Siris in 2021 as Partner leading the firm’s Portfolio Value Creation practice, including Operational Excellence. Mr. Lung works with Siris leadership to bring value creation best practices to the operations of the firm and its po… Read full bio

Alex Mace

Vice President, Thompson Street Capital Partners

Alex is a Vice President at Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP), where he is responsible for providing analytical, operational, and organizational support to TSCP’s portfolio companies. He primarily partners with portfolio companies to execute on… Read full bio
Alice Mann

Alice Mann

Operating Partner, Human Capital, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Dr. Alice Mann is an Operating Partner at Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC. The Blue Wolf Capital Funds are a family of private funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. For over 20 years, Dr. Mann has advised senior… Read full bio

Todd Markson

Operating Partner, Tech Opportunities, Bain Capital

Todd Markson is an Operating Partner at Bain Capital within the Tech Opportunities Fund, where he leads value creation efforts across the portfolio and partners with management teams to support their key initiatives. In addition to working across the… Read full bio

Steven Maxwell

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Human Capital, Audax Private Equity

Steve is a Senior Vice President for Audax Private Equity where he leads Portfolio Human Capital. Previously, he was the Talent Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners. Steve also worked in the executive search industry at Korn Ferry and Russell Reynolds,… Read full bio

Pericles Mazarakis

Managing Partner, Trispan Capital

Prior to working with TriSpan, Pericles was a Senior Operating Partner and Head of Portfolio Support at CDPQ’s Private Equity division that has $25B under management and invested in 40+ direct investments. Before joining CDPQ Capital, he was a Managi… Read full bio
Kunal Mehta, TCV

Kunal Mehta

Principal, Portfolio Operations, TCV

Kunal joined TCV as Principal, Portfolio Operations, to stand up the Sales and Marketing Center of Excellence to accelerate value creation across the portfolio. He works with investment teams and functional leaders to develop and implement value crea… Read full bio

Marco Mendes

Head of Portfolio Support Group, North America, Advent International

Marco Mendes joined Advent in 2013. He has worked with more than 40 private equity portfolio companies during his career, 25 while at Advent. Previously, he spent seven years with Doughty Hanson, based in London, as an investment committee partner. B… 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
Kate Migliaro, Apollo Global Management

Kate Migliaro

Principal, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Apollo Global Management

Ms. Migliaro is a US Army Veteran with 5 years active duty experience in the Military Police Corps. During her service, Ms. Migliaro deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan supporting and building local national law enforcement capabilities. She was aw… Read full bio

Aaron Miller

Partner, Head of Portfolio Performance Solutions, Apollo Global Management

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Todd Miller

President and CEO, Risk International

Todd Miller joined Risk International in 2015 as Chief Growth Officer. By 2016 he was promoted to President and in July 2017 named CEO. As President and CEO, Todd has over 20 years of experience supporting private equity funds and their portfolio com… Read full bio

Michael Monagle

Principal, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity

Mike Monagle is a principal at Providence Equity Partners focused on portfolio operations. Before joining Providence, Mr. Monagle was vice president of operations at Catalant Technologies, where he started and ran the solutions business including pro… Read full bio
Melissa Mounce GTCR

Melissa Mounce

Managing Director, Leadership Talent and Diversity, GTCR

Melissa joined GTCR in 2019 as a Managing Director, Leadership Talent & Diversity and manages the identification and recruitment of Leaders StrategyTM CEOs and management teams. Prior to joining GTCR, Melissa was the Principal of Human Capital at… Read full bio

David Muhlenkamp

Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Operations, Lindsay Goldberg

David Muhlenkamp is a Managing Director and heads Lindsay Goldberg’s portfolio operations efforts, where he assists families, founders, and management teams to achieve their growth and value creation objectives. David brings nearly two decades of exp… Read full bio
Michelle Nasir, Arsenal Capital Partners

Michelle Nasir

Chief Talent Officer, Arsenal Capital Partners

Michelle Nasir is Arsenal Capital Partners Chief Talent Officer (CTO). Michelle’s expertise includes M&A due diligence, executive coaching, succession and transition planning, senior team effectiveness, organization assessment, and diversity stra… Read full bio

Dave Noonan

Principal, National Lead of M&A Strategy Execution and Solution Development, RSM

Dave Noonan leads RSM’s national private equity consulting practice. He aligns and directly coordinates consulting delivery services to effectively serve RSM’s private equity clients and their portfolio companies. He is responsible for the developmen… Read full bio

Kevin O’Neill

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Acertitude

Kevin is a mold-breaking entrepreneur, executive search leader, Forbes contributor, and co-founder and managing partner of Acertitude, the executive search firm unleashing human potential for global investment firms and their portfolios. Kevin’s 25-y… Read full bio
Souvick Paul

Souvick Paul

Vice President, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, Cerberus Capital Management

Souvick Paul is a Vice President with Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company at Cerberus Capital Management and brings over 15 years of operating and consulting experience to his role. He works primarily on diligence including complex carve-outs/in… Read full bio

Andy Pickens

Managing Director - Data & Digital Transformation, Apollo Global Management

Mr. Pickens joined Apollo in 2018 and serves as Managing Director, Data & Digital Transformation within the Apollo Portfolio Performance Solutions team. In this capacity, Mr. Pickens works closely with investment teams and management teams to def… Read full bio

Dave Profozich

Senior Vice President – ISV Ecosystem, Oracle

With more than 30 years of experience leading global sales, marketing, and professional services organizations in the software industry, Dave Profozich leads Oracle’s ISV Ecosystem with emphasis on recruiting the world’s leading SaaS and Cloud Platfo… Read full bio
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Howard Reba

Head of Portfolio Finance, CI Capital Partners

Howard Reba is the Head of Portfolio Finance and joined CI Capital Partners in 2019. Previously, Howard served as a Finance Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners, a global private equity firm. Prior to joining Marlin, Howard served as the CFO o… Read full bio

Donald Reed

Managing Director, Finance Transformation, PwC

A managing director in PwC’s Finance Transformation Consulting practice, Don helps private equity, banking and capital markets and insurance clients integrate ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) factors into core growth and risk management str… Read full bio
Robert Roley

Robert Roley

Director of Portfolio Operations, TPG Capital

Robert Roley is a Director of Portfolio Operations and leads TPG's operations team for Software and Enterprise Technology investments. Robert has been involved in TPG's investments in Planview, Digital.ai, Centrify, Thycotic and Wind River. Prior to… Read full bio
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Tim Sanders

Vice President of Customer Insights, Upwork

Tim leads customer insights at Upwork where he helps enterprises transform how they work through adoption of on demand talent solutions. He began his career as an early stage member of Mark Cuban's broadcast.com and, once acquired, he became the chie… Read full bio
Adam Sheffield, Global Upside

Adam Sheffield

Chief Revenue Officer, Global Upside

Adam brings more than 15 years of experience leading sales organizations in the Professional Services market. He currently oversees the global sales organization and helps Clients navigate global workforce complexities in over 170 countries. A true e… Read full bio
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Bijal Sheth

Operations Principal, Pamlico Capital

Mr. Sheth joined Pamlico in 2021. He supports development and execution of value creation plans. Prior to joining Pamlico, Mr. Sheth worked for Vista Equity Partners’ operations team providing diligence and go to market advisory services to portfolio… Read full bio

Steven Siwinski

Operating Partner, High Road Capital Partners

Steve Siwinski is the Finance Operating Partner at High Road Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on buying and building leading middle market companies, where he provides financial leadership to portfolio companies and works across the po… Read full bio

Brian Slobodow

Operating Partner, HGGC

Brian Slobodow is an Operating Partner of Operational Resource Group, LLC ("ORG")*. Brian advises the firm and portfolio companies in a broad range of supply chain and procurement issues. Prior to joining ORG, Brian was an Operating Executive with Go… Read full bio
Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Senior Managing Director, Technology, Media and Telecom Practice, Blue Ridge Partners

Michael has over 35 years of strategic sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 and mid-cap companies to accelerate their revenue growth. He has deep experience in Media, Financial Services, Technology and other industries and develope… Read full bio

Michael Song

Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity

Michael Song is a managing director focused on portfolio operations and is based in our Providence office. Prior to joining Providence in 2010, Mr. Song worked at RSA, the security division of Dell EMC. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Mr. Song was a consu… Read full bio

Brad Soper

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Brad Soper is a Partner with Simon-Kucher & Partners, the global market leader in consulting on pricing for organic growth. Brad leads the firm’s global Industrials / B2B Pricing Practice and heads the firm’s Atlanta office. Brad has many years o… Read full bio
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Luis Sosa

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Platinum Equity

Luis Sosa is Senior Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Platinum Equity where he is responsible for partnering with portfolio management teams to drive enhanced operating and financial performance within and across portfolio companies. He lever… Read full bio

Richard Spencer

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Operating Partner, Kamylon Holdings

Richard is the architect of the Kamylon Management System and has led portfolio management for the Firm for 15 years. Richard has over thirty five years of experience as a private equity investor, serial board member, general manager and consultant.… Read full bio
Atta Tarki, ECA Partners

Atta Tarki

CEO and Managing Director, ECA Partners

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John Toriello

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

John Toriello is an Operating Partner at General Atlantic and the firm’s Global Head of Transactions. Before joining General Atlantic in 2021, John was a Managing Director and Head of Accounting Strategy and Policy at Blackstone. Prior to that, he wa… Read full bio

Russ Trpkovski

Operating Principal, CVC Capital Partners

Russ Trpkovski joined CVC's private equity business in 2020. Russ is a member of CVC Growth Partners and is based in Chicago. Prior to joining CVC, Russ worked at Amazon Web Services, L Catterton and Boston Consulting Group in Chicago. He received a… Read full bio

Kush Tulsidas

Operating Partner, One Rock Capital Partners

H. Kush Tulsidas is an Operating Partner focused on sales and marketing strategy and execution at One Rock’s portfolio companies. He is responsible for assessing the growth potential of companies in the investment stage and improving profitable reven… Read full bio
Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

Vice President, 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

Claudio Waller

Co-head of Private Equity, ghSMART

Claudio co-leads ghSMART’s private equity practice, where he focuses on helping sophisticated investors and CEO’s of portfolio companies execute their strategy through people. His work centers on supporting diligence efforts, helping leaders accelera… Read full bio

Andrew Walshe

Head of Portfolio Operations, Two Sigma Private Investments, Sightway Capital

Andrew Walshe joined Sightway Capital, a Two Sigma Private Investments affiliate, in 2016 to lead the group’s portfolio operations efforts. He serves as a Finance Operating Partner to Sightway’s companies by working closely with both investment and m… Read full bio

Jesse Weber

Head of Private Equity Alliances, Sage Intacct

Jesse Weber runs Sage Intacct’s Private Equity Practice. He advises hundreds of leading firms and their portfolio companies to build more profitable businesses through world class financial management, subscription automation, and service. As part of… Read full bio

Jon Weber

Head of Global Portfolio Operations Group, Elliott Management Corporation

Jon is Head of the Global Portfolio Operations Group at Elliott Management Corp, where he works with management and boards of companies in which Elliott funds are an influential investor. Prior to joining Elliott, Jon headed teams responsible for ope… Read full bio

Lane Wiggers

Managing Director, Operating Partner Program, Argosy Private Equity

Lane joined Argosy in 2015 and is responsible for evaluating potential investments, performing due diligence, and working with portfolio companies to grow shareholder value. He has significant experience in the middle market, concluding over 30 acqui… Read full bio

Nick Winter

Managing Director, Head of North America Portfolio Operations, Värde Partners

Nick Winter is a Managing Director and North American Head of Portfolio Operations focused on value creation in Värde private equity investments. Based in New York, he joined the firm in 2018. Prior to Värde, Nick spent several years at JPMorgan Chas… Read full bio

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 and provides numerous opportunities to connect in one-on-one discussions, roundtable events, and various other networking activities.

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Year-round networking for operating partners

The eleventh annual Operating Partners Forum New York will take place live, in-person this October in New York City

Connect with a community of operating partners and value creation leaders to boost value creation in your portfolio, discover the latest best practices, and gain sector and functional expertise.

Attendance at the Forum is now exclusive to Operating Partners All Access members – our new industry-leading Operating Partners community. Request a trial to see how, in addition to attendance at the Operating Partners Forum New York, membership can help expand your network.


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.

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

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For a new Operating Partner in PE the conference was an invaluable accelerator in my learning process of the key challenges and opportunities in the space.

Forum attendees get more:

By attending the Operating Partners Forum New York you will join the most influential operating partners community. Membership will give you:

  • Access to the Operating Partners Forum New York
  • Access to all of PEI’s global operating partners events (both virtual and in-person)
  • On-demand access to event sessions
  • Access to the member directory
  • Frequent virtual and in-person networking opportunities
  • And much more …

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2021 Agenda

Download the agenda to see the timely and relevant topics that are of importance to Operating Partners today. These topics will shape the discussions at the Operating Partners Forum New York.

If you are interested in a speaking role please contact contact Marc Mele at marc.m@peimedia.com.

All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET)

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Day 1 - Wednesday 20th

07:40 - 08:40

Registration and breakfast

07:40 - 08:40

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

This closed-door room discussion will allow you to learn and share best practices of successful operating partner models. The think tank will also allow you to submit topics to be covered in looking at best value creation practices and the toughest challenges operating partners face daily. Key areas to be discussed include:
• What is your model today and what are you focused on for the operating partner model of tomorrow?
• Comparing innovative ways, resources, and team structures
• Bridging the gap between the investment teams’ model and what actually happens in reality
• Comparing engagement approaches

Room 1
Facilitator:
Steve Larned,
Senior Principal, New State Capital Partners

Room 2
Facilitator:
David Feierstein, Managing Partner, Ronin Equity Partners

08:40 - 08:50

PEI’s welcome and chairman’s opening remarks

Plenary Sessions
08:50 - 09:30

The impact of disruption on the future of work: leadership, culture, and talent

Ted Bililies, David Cohen, Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee, , Steven Maxwell
  • Leading with impact in periods of constant disruption
  • Scaling portfolio companies in a hybrid working environment
  • Unlocking the importance of culture in value creation
  • Leveraging the importance of DEI in talent retention
  • Course-correcting the talent strategy post-pandemic
  • Planning for further disruptions in different industries and sectors

Moderator:
Ted Bililies, Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners

Panelists:
David Cohen,
Managing Director, Human Capital, Kelso & Company
Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Insight Partners
Steven Maxwell, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Human Capital, Audax Private Equity

Ted Bililies, AlixPartners

Ted Bililies

Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners

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David Cohen

Managing Director, Human Capital, Kelso & Company

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Hannah G, Insight Partners

Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee,

Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Insight Partners

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Steven Maxwell

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Human Capital, Audax Private Equity

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09:30 - 10:10

The common characteristics of faster growing businesses

Jim Corey, Jerry Hughes, Todd Markson
  • 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?

Moderator:
Jim Corey, Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

Panelists:
Jerry Hughes,
Director, Commercial Excellence, American Securities
Todd Markson, Operating Partner, Tech Opportunities, Bain Capital

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Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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Jerry Hughes

Director, Commercial Excellence, American Securities

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Todd Markson

Operating Partner, Tech Opportunities, Bain Capital

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10:10 - 10:50

The archetype of a world class operating team

Michael Kohlsdorf, Aaron Miller, Jon Weber
  • Uncovering where successful operating partners focus their attention, value creation team processes, how to deploy an operating team, and the engagement approach
  • Four key areas: staff, proven value creation processes, the investment lifecycle, and engaging with the CEOs
  • Comparing operating partner models and the evolution of operating teams
  • Making the “magic quadrant” work: how the deal partner, operating partner, CEO and board chairperson can work together to deliver value creation
  • Bridging the gap between the investment teams’ model and what actually happens in reality
  • Is the operating partner model changing? If so, how?
  • Holistic value creation playbooks: what lies ahead?

Moderator:
Amy Daly, Executive Director, Private Equity Consulting Leader, EY

Panelists:
Michael Kohlsdorf, President, Francisco Partners Consulting
Aaron Miller, Partner, Head of Portfolio Performance Solutions, Apollo Global Management
Jon Weber, Head of Global Portfolio Operations Group, Elliott Investment Management

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Michael Kohlsdorf

President, Francisco Partners Consulting

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Aaron Miller

Partner, Head of Portfolio Performance Solutions, Apollo Global Management

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Jon Weber

Head of Global Portfolio Operations Group, Elliott Management Corporation

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10:50 - 11:20

The end of the pandemic: accelerating challenges and opportunities for private equity and portfolio companies

Markus Lahrkamp, Bill Fry, Doron Grosman, Jason Karl, Brian Slobodow

The end of the pandemic may be harder to manage than the pandemic itself from a business and financial perspective. Issues to be addressed in looking at challenges and opportunities:

  • Inconsistent demand signals posing challenges for revenue forecasts
  • Severe supply chain disruptions with impacts on timely delivery and product costs
  • Labor shortages and wage inflation
  • Transportation costs through the roof
  • Work life balance issues moving from remote back to on-site work
  • “Free money” to invest – a curse or a blessing?

Moderator:
Markus Lahrkamp, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Panelists:
Bill Fry, Managing Director, American Securities
Doron Grosman, President and CEO, Global Container Terminals
Jason Karl, Principal, Advent International

Brian Slobodow, Operating Partner, HGGC

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Markus Lahrkamp

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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Bill Fry

Managing Director, American Securities

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Doron Grosman

President and CEO, Global Container Terminals

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Jason Karl

Principal, Advent International

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Brian Slobodow

Operating Partner, HGGC

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11:20 - 11:50

Networking Break

Functional Breakout Series 1
11:50 - 12:20

Track 1 | Reimagining OP-CEO connections: where strategy and delivery collide

Kevin O’Neill, Doron Grosman, Benjamin Humphreys, Jean-Marc Levy, Nick Winter
  • Offering a basic “cheat sheet” on how to recruit exceptional CEOs by highlighting some memorable stories (and learnings) from the trenches
  • Detailing the markings of brilliant CEOs, and what it truly takes to be an exceptional leader
  • Uncovering which current PE-CEO alignment and engagement practices the audience needs to know about most
  • Exploring how PE executives can help CEOs reach peak performance and operate at max potential

Moderator:
Kevin O’Neill, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Acertitude

Panelists:
Doron Grosman, President and CEO, Global Container Terminals
Benjamin Humphreys, Senior Operating Executive, Monomoy Capital Partners
Jean-Marc Levy, Operating Partner, Edison Partners
Nick Winter, Managing Director, Head of North America Portfolio Operations, Värde Partners

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Kevin O’Neill

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Acertitude

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Doron Grosman

President and CEO, Global Container Terminals

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Benjamin Humphreys, Monomoy Capital Partners

Benjamin Humphreys

Senior Operating Executive, Monomoy Capital Partners

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Jean Marc Levy, Edison Partners

Jean-Marc Levy

Operating Partner, Edison Partners

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Nick Winter

Managing Director, Head of North America Portfolio Operations, Värde Partners

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11:50 - 12:20

Track 2 | Add-on acquisition readiness: adding value through the finance function

Jesse Weber, Bill Klein, Nicki Lambropoulos, Andrew Walshe

Add-ons are an important, and growing, part of the private equity playbook. Well-managed integrations can lead to growth, expansion and higher valuations, but poorly managed integrations, wherein the finance variable is not properly structured and monitored won’t in fact, add on, they’ll just subtract from. In this discussion, we explore the critical role of the finance function to drive value and maximize returns:

  • Understanding bottlenecks
  • Gaining visibility on hidden costs
  • Uncovering inefficient processes
  • Discovering unnoticed opportunity to realize the returns on investment faster

Moderator:
Jesse Weber, Private Equity Lead, Sage Intacct

Panelists:
Bill Klein, President, Consero Global
Nicki Lambropoulos,
Operating Partner, Cold Bore Capital Management
Andrew Walshe, Head of Portfolio Operations, Two Sigma Private Investments, Sightway Capital

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Jesse Weber

Head of Private Equity Alliances, Sage Intacct

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Bill Klein

President, Consero Global

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Nicki Lambropoulos, Cold Bore Capital Management

Nicki Lambropoulos

Operating Partner, Cold Bore Capital Management

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Andrew Walshe

Head of Portfolio Operations, Two Sigma Private Investments, Sightway Capital

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11:50 - 12:20

Track 3 | Digital as a growth lever

Sarah Walker
  • Digital marketing strategy: how to automate and maximize touchpoints to acquire and engage customers at scale
  • Customer experience: how to optimize customer experience management and master the customer journey
  • Analytics: how to leverage actionable data and clear KPIs to increase ROI and facilitate quick wins

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

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Sarah Walker

Vice President, Global Head of Private Equity Practice, Salesforce

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Functional Breakout Series 2
12:20 - 12:50

Track 4 | Post-COVID talent acquisition, development, and assessment for the lower level

Tim Sanders, Tracey Abbott, Jon Davies, Kristin Brown Patrick
  • Grasping the lower-level talent execution plan
  • What levels in the organization does your PE firm get involved in talent selection?
  • Talent retention best practices in today’s world
  • In our current environment, what particular people dynamics do you pay attention to and track?
  • Challenges and opportunities of virtual/hybrid workforces

Moderator:
Tim Sanders, Vice President of Customer Insights, Upwork

Panelists:
Tracey Abbott,
Senior Operating Lead, Partners Group
Jon Davies, Managing Director, Head of Talent, Lightyear Capital
Kristin Brown Patrick, Senior Operating Partner, Human Capital, New State Capital Partners

Tim Sanders, Upwork

Tim Sanders

Vice President of Customer Insights, Upwork

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Tracey Abbott

Senior Operating Lead, Partners Group

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Jon Davies, Lightyear Capital

Jon Davies

Managing Director, Head of Talent, Lightyear Capital

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Kristin Brown Patrick

Senior Operating Partner, Human Capital, New State Capital Partners

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12:20 - 12:50

Track 5 | The future value creation supply chain playbook

Wendy Buxton, Brian Slobodow

Companies are looking for growth by expanding into new markets, new regions and into new customer bases. Many firms are grappling with continued supply chain disruptions and respect the imperative of assessing and transforming supply chain health during all stages of the deal cycle. Join this session to learn how supply chain is changing from traditional value creation strategies and what market catalysts are creating the need for more innovative approaches to value creation. Participants will hear from the experts on sourcing, inventory, logistics, and distribution fulfilment strategies that create value and drive returns while mitigating risk and meeting customers’ shifting demands.

Moderator:
Wendy Buxton, President, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions

Panelists:
Brian Slobodow, Operating Partner, HGGC
Daniel Soroka, Senior Operating Partner, Graham Partners

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Wendy Buxton

President, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions

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Brian Slobodow

Operating Partner, HGGC

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12:20 - 12:50

Track 6 | Carveout 3.0 – moving to the next level of value creation

Paul Lennick, Andy Pickens, Robert Roley , Luis Sosa
  • The focus on Carveout 1.0 to 2.0 to 3.0 provides insight into the maturity of driving value in complex transactions
  • Developing a strategically aligned value creation plan early in the process
  • Proven execution excellence approaches in separating on the buy and sell side
  • Best practices in working with service providers during the carveout
  • What is the biggest challenge or risk to be managed in a successful carveout deal?

Moderator:
Paul Lennick, Senior Vice President, M&A Services, ContinuServe

Panelists:
Andy Pickens, Managing Director – Data and Digital Transformation, Apollo Global Management
Robert Roley, Director of Portfolio Operations, TPG Capital
Luis Sosa, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Platinum Equity

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Paul Lennick

Senior Vice President, M&A Services, ContinuServe

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Andy Pickens

Managing Director - Data & Digital Transformation, Apollo Global Management

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Robert Roley

Robert Roley

Director of Portfolio Operations, TPG Capital

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Luis Sosa

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Platinum Equity

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Functional Breakout Series 3
12:50 - 13:20

Track 7 | How 100-day plans are changing in the current environment and years to come

Sean Adkins, Brian Chu, Asheesh Gupta, Michael Song
  • Fast start: coming out strong from day one in onboarding new portfolio companies even in the face of recent uncertainty
  • What’s key for your first 100 days to convert to execution?
  • How to prioritize: identifying the most important value creation areas to focus on
  • Best practices for the first 90–180 days vs. 365+
  • Day 1-100: structured approaches, pragmatic actions, and tools to bring about rapid alignment and focus

Moderator:
Sean Adkins, Managing Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, West Monroe Partners

Panelists:
Brian Chu, Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners
Edward Hine, Operating Partner, Cold Bore Capital Management
Asheesh Gupta, Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Private Equity
Michael Song, Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity

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Sean Adkins

Managing Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, West Monroe Partners

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Brian Chu

Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners

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Asheesh Gupta

Asheesh Gupta

Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Private Equity

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Michael Song

Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity

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12:50 - 13:20

Track 8 | Recruiting top CFO talent for PE-backed companies

Atta Tarki, Angela Geffre
  • What makes a candidate a good CFO for a PE-backed company?
  • What is your greatest challenge when it comes to recruiting brilliant portfolio CFOs?
  • How to assess CFO candidates during hiring?
  • How can CFOs drive the value creation plan?

Moderator:
Atta Tarki, CEO and Managing Director, ECA Partners

Panelists:
Angela Geffre, Chief Human Resources Officer, Sun Capital Partners
Jim Morris, Operating Partner, Sun Capital Partners

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Atta Tarki

CEO and Managing Director, ECA Partners

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Angela Geffre

Chief Human Resources Officer, Sun Capital Partners

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12:50 - 13:20

Track 9 | Using GTM strategies to drive ROI in today’s over-heated market

Marc Metzner, Amy Kramer, Bijal Sheth, Kush Tulsidas
  • Bidding with confidence based on in-depth commercial due diligence
  • Driving GTM change early enough to significantly impact valuation
  • Aligning GTM resources to growth buyers and new buyer journeys
  • Deploying new sales roles for new product and segment selling
  • Building a sustainable customer-development and lead-gen engine
  • Strengthening RevOps to sustain GTM change and integrate buyer journeys

Moderator:
Marc Metzner, Vice President, Alexander Group

Panelists:
Amy Kramer, Operating Partner, Level Equity
Jairo Romero, Managing Director, GTM Excellence, LLR Partners
Bijal Sheth, Operations Principal, Pamlico Capital
Kush Tulsidas, Operating Partner, One Rock Capital Partners

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Marc Metzner

Vice President, Alexander Group

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Amy Kramer, Level Equity

Amy Kramer

Operating Partner, Level Equity

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Bijal Sheth

Operations Principal, Pamlico Capital

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Kush Tulsidas

Operating Partner, One Rock Capital Partners

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Lunch break
13:20 - 14:20

Women in PE and VC portfolio operations lunch (invitation-only)

Susan Clark

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

  • 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

Facilitator:
Susan Clark, Managing Director, Operations, Sun Capital Partners

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Susan Clark

Managing Director, Operations, Sun Capital Partners

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13:20 - 14:20

Networking lunch

Functional Breakout Series 4
14:20 - 15:00

Track 10 | Driving impact: what makes a great PE talent partner?

Ashley Day, Merche del Valle, Alice Mann, Michelle Nasir
  • PE talent partner market trends: driving better and faster execution
  • How do you provide the most value in your talent partner role? When does your firm engage the talent partner?
  • Talent partner-deal team dynamics: better identifying opportunities and risks during diligence
  • Uncovering specific and tactical talent partner value creation plans
  • Establishing playbooks of evaluation, resources, and support at different stages
  • Key success factors in looking at better use of data and ongoing monitoring

Panelists:
Ashley Day,
Chief Talent Officer, CI Capital Partners
Merche del Valle, Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, Grain Management
Alice Mann, Operating Partner, Human Capital, Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Michelle Nasir, Chief Talent Officer, Arsenal Capital Partners

Ashley Day, CI Capital Partners

Ashley Day

Chief Talent Officer, CI Capital Partners

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Merche Del Valle, Grain management

Merche del Valle

Managing Director, Chief Talent Officer & Chief HR Officer, Grain Management

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Alice Mann

Alice Mann

Operating Partner, Human Capital, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

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Michelle Nasir, Arsenal Capital Partners

Michelle Nasir

Chief Talent Officer, Arsenal Capital Partners

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14:20 - 15:00

Track 11 | Winning after the deal: the key to smooth post-merger transitions

Adam Sheffield, Daniel Goetz
  • Formulating a successful implementation strategy
  • Navigating the nuances of employment transitions and key employee retention
  • Considerations for company culture alignment and employee integration
  • Ensuring day 1 readiness through effective communication

Moderator:
Adam Sheffield, Chief Revenue Officer, Global Upside

Panelists:
David Feierstein,
Managing Partner, Ronin Equity Partners
Daniel Goetz, Principal, Operational Excellence, Siris Capital
Prasad Hedge, Chief Operations Officer (COO), 777 Partners

Adam Sheffield, Global Upside

Adam Sheffield

Chief Revenue Officer, Global Upside

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Daniel Goetz

Principal, Operational Excellence, Siris Capital

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14:20 - 15:00

Track 12 | The changing lens of the CFO – pre and post pandemic trends

Michael Hennessey, Howard Reba
  • K-shaped recovery impact
  • Liquidity focus
  • Automation
  • Investment planning
  • Workforce structure/employee retention

Moderator:
Michael Hennessey, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

Panelists:
Neely Pielet,
Director, New Mountain Capital
Howard Reba, Head of Portfolio Finance, CI Capital Partners

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Michael Hennessey

Managing Director, Grant Thornton

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Howard Reba

Head of Portfolio Finance, CI Capital Partners

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Functional Breakout Series 5
15:00 - 15:40

Track 13 | Addressing diversity and inclusion as a business imperative

Kara Helander, Natalie Ings, Kate Migliaro, Melissa Mounce
  • D&I approaches: operationalizing it and interfacing with portfolio company leaders for D&I initiatives
  • What best practices can you share regarding advising CEOs and management teams at the portco levels?
  • What is holding PE back from achieving diversity?
  • Looking at initiatives from different PE firms, what has been successful? What goals do you set for the portfolio companies relative to D&I?
  • How would you best describe your firm’s D&I work at the fund and portfolio companies?
  • KPIs for diversity: measuring effectiveness
  • Diversity and leadership: what can be done better? How are you thinking about diversity of boards?

Panelists:
Kara Helander,
Managing Director, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Carlyle Group
Natalie Ings, Managing Director, Portfolio Solutions, Lightyear Capital
Kate Migliaro, Principal, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Apollo Global Management
Melissa Mounce, Managing Director, Leadership Talent and Diversity, GTCR

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Kara Helander

Managing Director, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Carlyle Group

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Natalie Ings

Managing Director, Portfolio Solutions, Lightyear Capital

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Kate Migliaro, Apollo Global Management

Kate Migliaro

Principal, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Apollo Global Management

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Melissa Mounce GTCR

Melissa Mounce

Managing Director, Leadership Talent and Diversity, GTCR

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15:00 - 15:40

Track 14 | Cybersecurity in the modern age: dos and don’ts

Jamey Cummings, Neil Kimber
  • Best practices in communicating cyber risks to boards
  • The importance of cybersecurity in acquisition diligence
  • Reducing complexity and costs of your cyber tools and services stack

Moderator:
Jamey Cummings, Partner – Cybersecurity and Technology, JM Search

Panelists:
Matt Hollcraft,
Group Chief Information Security Officer, Hellman & Friedman
Neil Kimber, Operating Principal, Accel-KKR

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Jamey Cummings

Partner – Cybersecurity and Technology, JM Search

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Neil Kimber

Operating Principal, Accel-KKR

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15:00 - 15:40

Track 15 | Critical dimensions in pre-deal operational due diligence

Gary Hoover, Geoffrey Baird, Michael Monagle, Lane Wiggers
  • How do you really get at what the opportunities are to understand what the value creation plan should be?
  • Coming out of the crisis, how do you think PE’s behaviour will change across deal making and the extent of due diligence?
  • Uncovering operating partner synergies and best practices in the deal evaluation phase
  • Operating partner success factors when partnering with investment teams
  • Exposing new challenges in assessing operational risks
  • Critical pre-deal diligence elements in cost savings, technology, human capital, sales, operational planning, data, and the investment thesis

Moderator:
Gary Hoover, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Practice, TBM Consulting Group

Panelists:
Geoffrey Baird,
Independent Operating Executive, Palladium Equity Partners
Gilyana Lidzheeva, Director of Portfolio Operations, Frontenac
Michael Monagle, Principal, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity
Lane Wiggers, Managing Director, Operating Partner Program, Argosy Private Equity

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Gary Hoover

Vice President, Global Supply Chain Practice, TBM Consulting Group

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Geoffrey Baird

Independent Operating Executive, Palladium Equity Partners

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Michael Monagle

Principal, Portfolio Operations, Providence Equity

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Lane Wiggers

Managing Director, Operating Partner Program, Argosy Private Equity

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15:40 - 16:00

Networking coffee break

Functional Breakout Series 6
16:00 - 16:40

Track 16 | Accelerating management team performance post transaction

Dan Hawkins, Bala Ganesan, Ignacio Giraldo, Marco Mendes
  • Critical factors in top management teams to drive value creation
  • What pitfalls to avoid
  • What’s the right timeline post transaction?
  • How do you spend your time post-transaction?
  • What jobs to change out first? What are the most critical jobs?
  • What would a quick CEO transition look like?
  • How can you conduct talent assessments without hurting the relationship between the management team and the deal team?
  • Relationships with the board; what does a high performing team look like?

Moderator:
Dan Hawkins, CEO, Summit Leadership Partners

Panelists:
Bala Ganesan,
Managing Director, Special Situations, Oaktree Capital Management
Ignacio Giraldo, Partner, TPG Growth
Marco Mendes, Head of Portfolio Support Group, North America, Advent International
Glenn Stevens, Partner, Talent Management, Apollo Global Management

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Dan Hawkins

CEO, Summit Leadership Partners

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Bala Ganesan

Managing Director, Special Situations, Oaktree Capital Management

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Ignacio Giraldo

Partner, TPG Growth

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Marco Mendes

Head of Portfolio Support Group, North America, Advent International

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16:00 - 16:40

Track 17 | Digital transformations and innovation to drive investment value

Aswatha Amarnath , Jarrad Berman, Raj Kushwaha, Harrison Lung
  • Building a roadmap for technological change
  • Digital innovation and operations going beyond ideation, conception, and analysis and turning strategy into real delivery, particularly in the context of a novel initiative or product
  • Digital transformations in the post COVID-19 world: how digital initiatives and innovation have accelerated and what does the future hold
  • How can PE firms utilize innovative technologies that return near-term, sustainable investment value without getting stuck in a never-ending cycle of transformation projects?
  • Digital workplace transformation and product transformation stories

Moderator:
Aswatha Amarnath (Amar),
Senior Vice President, Strategic Engagements and Sales Strategy, Wipro

Panelists:
Jarrad Berman, Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group
Raj Kushwaha, Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Warburg Pincus
Harrison Lung, Partner, Portfolio Value Creation, Siris Capital

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Aswatha Amarnath

Senior Vice President, Strategic Engagements and Sales Strategy, Wipro

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Jarrad Berman

Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group

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Raj Kushwaha

Managing Director, Digital Strategy and Innovation, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Warburg Pincus

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Harrison Lung

Harrison Lung

Partner, Portfolio Value Creation, Siris Capital

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16:00 - 16:40

Track 18 | How is private equity “future-proofing” and building resilience in its portfolios?

Pericles Mazarakis
  • How PE firms successfully pivoted their portfolio companies toward growth
  • How to secure portfolio companies’ liquidity and operational savings during a downturn
  • The different ways in which PE firms can set up their portfolio for durable success going forward
  • How regional and industry specificities played into the design of PE’s portfolio resiliency strategies

Moderator:
Kevin Burke, Director, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Globalization Partners

Panelists:
David Acharya,
Managing Partner, Acharya Capital Partners
Prashanth Bóccasam,
Partner, Cota Capital
Mike Kay, Operating Partner, Angeles Equity Partners
Pericles Mazarakis, Managing Partner, Trispan Capital

 

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Managing Partner, Trispan Capital

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16:40 - 17:10

Track 19 | Leveraging your portfolio’s supply chain to maximize ESG impact

  • Procurement’s role in achieving sustainability goals, while reducing costs, managing risk and improving competitive position
  • How to execute a decarbonization and energy efficiency/renewable strategy across your portfolio, including funding solutions that eliminate capital constraints to scale savings
  • Exploring solutions for managing Scope 3 emissions throughout the supply chain across portfolio companies
  • Delivering on supplier diversity and inclusive procurement practices with an ESG framework

Moderator:
Tommy Greer, Senior Vice President Enterprise Energy Solutions, Insight Sourcing Group

16:40 - 17:10

Track 20 | The return of business travel: discussing approaches and what lies ahead

Adam Cummins, Michael Farrell

Join a live panel discussion on the business travel landscape in the era of COVID and easing restrictions. Panelists will discuss the approaches their organizations have taken towards business travel, how this has impacted throughout their investment companies and their perspectives on handling employee duty-of-care implications going forward. Through a leveraged procurement lens, we’ll discuss experiences in working with travel related vendors throughout the pandemic, how travel management companies are weathering the storm and what’s top of mind as managed travel re-emerges in major global markets.

Moderator:
Brady Kuhn, Business Development Manager – Global Private Equity, SAP Concur

Panelists:
Adam Cummins, PMO Lead, Global Investment Resources, The Carlyle Group
Michael Farrell, Executive Vice President of Business Development, World Travel, Inc.

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Adam Cummins

PMO Lead, Global Investment Resources, The Carlyle Group

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Michael Farrell

Executive Vice President of Business Development, World Travel, Inc.

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16:40 - 17:10

Track 21 | Healthcare costs: managing 2022 surge in consumption

Todd Grove, Michael Frain, Christopher Kim

Learn how portco CHROs and CFOs leverage unbundled plan offerings along with independent healthcare navigation to dramatically improve employee satisfaction, engagement while driving measurable EBITDA through cost avoidance. Challenges to be explored include:

• 6%-8% – Estimated trend growth for self-insured employers due to “COVID Hangover”
• 15% of American consumers with employer-sponsored health insurance said they had deferred some care
• Poor pandemic-era health behaviors are leading to increases in chronic care management

Moderator:
Todd Grove, Vice President, Private Equity, Quantum Health

Panelists:
Michael Frain, Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Warburg Pincus
Christopher Kim, Senior Vice President, Platinum Equity

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Todd Grove

Vice President, Private Equity, Quantum Health

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Michael Frain

Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Warburg Pincus

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Christopher Kim

Senior Vice President, Platinum Equity

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17:10 - 17:50

Enabling a technology-driven CFO: key success factors in the future of value creation

Jesse Weber, Bill Klein, Howard Reba, Russ Trpkovski
  • Finding data driven CFOs and their role in enterprise performance
  • How is the CFO role evolving? What does the CFO of the future look like?
  • How to get your portfolio companies from tactical to strategic
  • Barriers to automate finance and accounting and how to overcome them
  • Sharing value creation insights via data analytics and cloud technology

Moderator:
Jesse Weber, Private Equity Lead, Sage Intacct

Panelists:
Bill Klein, President, Consero Global
Howard Reba, Head of Portfolio Finance, CI Capital Partners
Russ Trpkovski, Operating Principal, CVC Capital Partners
Allyson White, Principal, Insight Partners

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Jesse Weber

Head of Private Equity Alliances, Sage Intacct

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Bill Klein

President, Consero Global

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Howard Reba

Head of Portfolio Finance, CI Capital Partners

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Russ Trpkovski

Operating Principal, CVC Capital Partners

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Interactive Working Groups Series 1
17:10 - 17:50

Interactive Working Group 1 | Deep dive discussion for operating partners only: Writing the next chapter of the value creation playbook

Dave Noonan

This session will allow the audience to join an interactive roundtable discussion with designated facilitators:

  • Moving toward high-tech sustainability and creating long-term value for society
  • Modernizing assets through practical implementation of ESG principles
  • Using predictive analytics and data intelligence to enhance investment strategy and decision-making
  • Leveraging automation and business process optimization to streamline, modernize, and transform costs

Facilitator:
Dave Noonan, Principal, National Lead of M&A Strategy Execution and Solution Development, RSM

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Dave Noonan

Principal, National Lead of M&A Strategy Execution and Solution Development, RSM

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17:10 - 17:50

Interactive Working Group 2 | Deep dive discussion for operating partners only: Reinventing the commercial organization through the eyes of customers (invitation-only)

Michael Smith

This session will allow the audience to join an interactive roundtable discussion with designated facilitators.

  • Most (85%) commercial organizations expect sales model transformations this year and next
  • Planned transformations seem to focus on “inside-out” perspectives – e.g. getting sales meetings in a hybrid world; using content/knowledge capital to obtain leads/meetings
  • A better way might be approaching the transformation from the view of prospects/customers and working back into the company
  • Reviewing examples of this “outside-in” commercial transformation approach

Facilitator:
Michael Smith, Senior Managing Director, Technology, Media and Telecom Practice, Blue Ridge Partners

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Michael Smith

Senior Managing Director, Technology, Media and Telecom Practice, Blue Ridge Partners

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17:50 - 18:50

End of day one chairman’s remarks & cocktail reception

Agenda

Day 2 - Thursday 21st

08:40 - 09:40

Registration and breakfast

08:00 - 08:40

Operating partners portfolio operations breakfast deep dive discussion: The future of workforce (invitation-only)

Marc Iampieri

In this session we will discuss the war for talent, the multi-generational workforce, and its impact on investing in manufacturing and distribution businesses. Topics include:

  • New requirements for employers in attracting talent in this time of disruption
  • Overcoming the labor shortage in industries with an hourly workforce
  • Meeting the expectations and differing values of the four generations in the workplace (Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z)
  • Improving operations and building an inclusive culture to retain talent
  • Effective change management to optimize operations

Facilitators:
Parmesh Bhaskaran, Managing Director, AlixPartners
Marc Iampieri, Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Marc Iampieri

Managing Director, AlixPartners

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08:40 - 09:40

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

Bob Barthelmes, Cory Eaves, Anish Batlaw, Christopher Kim

This closed-door discussion will allow you to learn and share best practices of successful operating partners. The think tank will allow you to submit topics to be introduced by the facilitators and discussed in the room. It will allow you to select one of the two rooms:

Room 1 Digital and Technology Operating Partners

Facilitators:
Bob Barthelmes, Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Blackstone
Cory Eaves, Operating Partner, General Atlantic

Room 2 Human Capital Operating Partners

Facilitators:
Anish Batlaw,
Operating Partner, General Atlantic
Christopher Kim,
Senior Vice President, Platinum Equity

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Bob Barthelmes

Managing Director, Portfolio Operations, Blackstone

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Cory Eaves

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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Anish Batlaw

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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Christopher Kim

Senior Vice President, Platinum Equity

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09:40 - 09:45

Chairman’s welcome

Plenary Sessions
09:45 - 10:20

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

Spencer T. Farrar, Cory Eaves, Misha Logvinov
  • 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.)
  • Approaches to working with portco leadership on technology initiatives
  • Understanding the challenges around web-enablement and changes in consumer behavior
  • Recent digital transformation and digital disruption stories within specific industries

Moderator:
Spencer Farrar, Private Equity Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Panelists:
Cory Eaves,
Operating Partner, General Atlantic
Amar Ghai, Director, Head of Technology (Americas), KKR Capstone
Misha Logvinov, Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners

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Spencer T. Farrar

Private Equity Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Cory Eaves

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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Misha Logvinov

Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners

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10:20 - 11:00

Uncovering the pricing due diligence playbook

Adam Echter, Amanda Good
  • What does your pricing playbook look like? How to critically evaluate top-line improvements when bidding
  • Evaluating potential acquisitions through structured pricing analysis
  • Key elements and opportunities where price is a key concern and major aspect of the investment thesis
  • First-hand accounts in looking at commercial due diligence and top-up diligence on pricing issues

Moderator:
Adam Echter, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Panelists:
John Bailey,
Operating Associate, General Atlantic
Amanda Good, Partner and Head of Global Value Creation, Searchlight Capital Partners
James Wood, Vice President, Pricing Strategy, Insight Partners

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Adam Echter

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Amanda Good

Partner and Head of Global Value Creation, Searchlight Capital Partners

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11:00 - 11:30

PE partner-CFO dynamics: alignment, expectations, and impact

Nick Leopard, Susan Clark, Evan Lorch, John Toriello
  • Examining the PE sponsor-CFO relationship across three critical dimensions: measuring the business (collecting the data to inform insights), managing the business (reporting, technology infrastructure, KPIs), scaling the business (operational levers to drive accelerated growth)
  • Understanding CFO/Partner alignment, or lack thereof, with regard to: the firm-finance dynamic and operating model, expectations for value contribution, key focus areas and objectives
  • Measuring operating partner impact and understanding the critical role of technology in achieving operational alpha and accelerating value creation

Moderator:
Nick Leopard, CEO and Founder, Accordion and Co-Founder, Maestro

Panelists:
Susan Clark,
Managing Director, Operations, Sun Capital Partners
Evan Lorch,
Operating Partner, Francisco Partners Consulting
John Toriello, Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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Nick Leopard

CEO & Founder, Accordion and Co-Founder, Maestro

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Susan Clark

Managing Director, Operations, Sun Capital Partners

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Evan Lorch

Operating Partner, Francisco Partners Consulting

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John Toriello

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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11:30 - 11:50

Networking Break

Interactive Working Group Series 2
11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Working Group 3 | Deep dive discussion for operating partners only: Putting ESG at the heart of your business strategy in the new sustainable economy

Donald Reed

This session will allow the audience to join an interactive roundtable discussion with designated facilitators.

  • How does your firm think about ESG, and what specific areas within E, S, and G are covered?
  • ESG due diligence best practices
  • What is the role of the operating partner in driving ESG initiatives?
  • Mapping out and engaging with all key stakeholders on ESG
  • How are ESG based KPIs and metrics being used?
  • Private equity’s ESG journey: what comes next?

Facilitator:
Donald Reed, Managing Director, Finance Transformation, PwC

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Donald Reed

Managing Director, Finance Transformation, PwC

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11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Working Group 4 | Deep dive discussion for operating partners only: Implementing price changes in 2021: Essential steps and countermeasures for your portfolio companies during inflationary times (invitation-only)

Brad Soper

This session will allow the audience to join an interactive roundtable discussion with designated facilitators.

  • Key steps to offset price inflation: leveraging inflationary times to expand margin
  • Price adjustments: deploying multiple tools to create options when input prices fall
  • Implementing robust and workable pricing processes and systems
  • How to bring reluctant management team along
  • Dealing with sustained price volatility: successful elements to protect margins, drive growth and offset the commercial implications of these effects

Facilitator:
Brad Soper, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Brad Soper

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Working Group 5 | Deep dive discussion for operating partners only: Working with CEOs: dos and don’ts

Claudio Waller

This session will allow the audience to join an interactive roundtable discussion with designated facilitators focused on:

  • Sharing of lessons learned and do overs
  • Setting up productive relationships with CEOs across the deal lifecycle
  • Managing tension and helping to bridge alignment
  • Helping CEOs operate at full power

Facilitators:
Randy Street, Managing Partner, ghSMART
Claudio Waller, Co-head of Private Equity, ghSMART

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Claudio Waller

Co-head of Private Equity, ghSMART

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12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

Functional Breakout Series 8
13:30 - 14:10

Track 22 | Modernizing your finance function: driving value through evolving capabilities

Greg Carlson, Steve Cumbow, Steven Siwinski

Join us to discuss how finance functions are transforming to meet the evolving needs of its stakeholders:

  • Drive forward-looking insights and improved performance management with advanced data and analytics
  • Improve how work gets done through process and controls automation
  • Gain efficiency via integrated systems and information
  • Implement a cost-effective organization structure and delivery model
  • Upskill and evolve people capabilities to be successful in a modern finance environment
  • Increase cross-functional collaboration and business partnering

Moderator:
Greg Carlson, Managing Director, Riveron

Panelists:
Steve Cumbow, Operating Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners
Steven Siwinski, Operating Partner, High Road Capital Partners

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Greg Carlson

Managing Director, Riveron

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Steve Cumbow

Operating Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners

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Steven Siwinski

Operating Partner, High Road Capital Partners

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13:30 - 14:10

Track 23 | Monitoring and quantifying portfolio performance with data science and analytics

Richard Spencer
  • What new tools are you adopting for portfolio management?
  • Looking at best methodologies for portfolio company reporting
  • Applying growth KPIs and metrics for operational improvement in different stages
  • Using data science to measure the success of a company and drive value creation
  • Approaches in utilizing data lakes and big data to drive results
  • Value creation team approaches in working with heads of data science

Panelists:
Jesko Frommeyer,
Managing Director, Portfolio Value Creation, Real Assets, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Richard Spencer, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Operating Partner, Kamylon Holdings

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Richard Spencer

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Operating Partner, Kamylon Holdings

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Functional Breakout Series 9
14:10 - 14:50

Track 24 | Creating value through your technology investment

Adam Cummins, Souvick Paul
  • Showing the value of investment in technology, including finance technology, during a PE ownership cycle
  • Building the optimal technology stack
  • Highlighting opportunities for future gains through finance technologies for the next owner
  • Pragmatic steps to position for exit

Moderator:
Maria Urias, Manager, Strategic Alliances, FloQast

Panelists:
Prashanth Bóccasam, Partner, Cota Capital
Adam Cummins, PMO Lead, Global Investment Resources, The Carlyle Group
Souvick Paul, Vice President, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, Cerberus Capital Management
Rosaleen Pizarro, Vice President of Accounting, Controller, Barkbox

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Adam Cummins

PMO Lead, Global Investment Resources, The Carlyle Group

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Souvick Paul

Souvick Paul

Vice President, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, Cerberus Capital Management

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14:10 - 14:50

Track 25 | Culture and strategy to accelerate growth in the first 100 days

Matt Brubaker, Andy Caine

A misaligned culture and unclear strategy are two of the most common portfolio company growth barriers. This session is designed to help investors and operators assess, align, and activate both culture and strategy to ensure momentum in the key 100 days post-close.

  • Understanding culture: how do you get the most traction post close in working with executive teams?
  • How to align around the investment strategy to accelerate momentum into growth
  • Establishing clear roadmaps for the organization and help people understand where the company is headed
  • Designing environments that support the new strategy and promote high performance in people

Moderator:
Matt Brubaker, CEO, FMG Leading

Panelists:
Andy Caine, Partner, Human Capital, Frazier Healthcare Partners
Bryan West, Head of Talent, Resurgens Technology Partners

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Matt Brubaker

CEO, FMG Leading

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Andy Caine

Partner, Human Capital, Frazier Healthcare Partners

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Functional Breakout Series 10
14:50 - 15:30

Track 26 | Managing the total cost of risk

Todd Miller

Identifying cost drivers and implementing a strategic approach to improve P&C and benefits insurance performance and spend is key. The property/casualty and benefits insurance value streams are opaque by design. This session will explain the traditional model and show how to:

  • Leverage risk management controls
  • Create underwriting demand
  • Achieve best-in-class program structure and pricing

Moderator:
Todd Miller, President and CEO, Risk International

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Todd Miller

President and CEO, Risk International

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14:50 - 15:30

Track 27 | Value creation in recurring revenue businesses - keys to success

Travis Huch, Prital Kadakia, Kunal Mehta
  • As we see more and more businesses in software and elsewhere move to a “SaaS” type model, what is the role of the operating partner in driving success?
  • How to balance both revenue growth rate and Net Dollar Retention
  • The role of pricing in driving growth and NDR
  • How does digital commerce contribute to growth rates? Is this visible in data?
  • Approaches to measuring and tracking these key performance indicators in portfolio companies
  • Experiences – what has worked – what hasn’t
  • Repeatable patterns for success

Moderator:
Travis Huch, Vice President Alliances, Private Equity Partners, Zuora

Panelists:
Prital Kadakia,
Partner, Serent Capital
Alex Mace,
Vice President, Thompson Street Capital Partners
Kunal Mehta, Principal, Portfolio Operations, TCV
Giles Whiting, Operating Partner, Verdane

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Travis Huch

Vice President Alliances, Private Equity Partners, Zuora

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Prital Kadakia

Prital Kadakia

Partner, Serent Capital

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Kunal Mehta, TCV

Kunal Mehta

Principal, Portfolio Operations, TCV

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Plenary Session
15:30 - 16:00

Unlocking the cloud revolution for portfolio value creation

Dave Profozich
  • Create value through cost optimization and product modernization using Cloud
  • Leverage the cloud for scalability and reliability
  • Increase revenue through strategic cloud partnerships

Moderator:
Dave Profozich, Senior Vice President – ISV Ecosystem, Oracle

Panelists:
Yoav Nathaniel, Senior Cloud Security Architect, Goldman Sachs

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Dave Profozich

Senior Vice President – ISV Ecosystem, Oracle

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16:00 - 16:00

Closing remarks and end of conference

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  1. Download the CLEAR app and tap on the white Health Pass tile.
  2. Tap “Enroll or verify your in CLEAR” to create your CLEAR member account
    1. New to CLEAR? When prompted, enter your email address, phone number and have your gov’t issued photo ID ready to complete enrollment.
    2. Already a CLEAR member? Use the email address associated with your membership and snap a quick selfie to verify your identity
  3. Continue to follow prompts on the Entry Requirements page to securely confirm your proof of vaccination. Upload a photo of your vaccine card or select your vaccine provider to verify your proof of vaccination.
  4. After your vaccination upload, two weeks prior to the event, a code is provided by PEI Media specific to the Operating Partners Forum New York to confirm your identity for the event in the app. Open the health pass to get your verification result. Green means you’re good to go!

Please note that once your vaccination record is uploaded to the platform, it can take up to 30 minutes for your status to be verified. All attendees are strongly encouraged to complete this process at least 24 hours before the event.

How does CLEAR protect my personal data?

Privacy is at the center of everything at CLEAR and they are fully committed to protecting members’ information. Personal information is never sold or rented. Personal information is only used to deliver a frictionless and secure experience with CLEAR.

I am already registered for the Operating Partners Forum New York, how do I confirm my vaccination status?

Email communications are being sent to all attendees regarding Health Pass by CLEAR and the CLEAR app can be downloaded right away to start verifying your vaccination. Attendees are strongly encouraged to verify vaccine status at least 24 hours prior to the event. The event specific code needed to confirm your identity will be sent to all attendees two weeks prior to the event.

 

Any questions regarding the event and vaccination requirements should be sent to customerservices@peimedia.com.

Explore our exclusive operating partner only networking

Operating Partner exclusive networking events are taking place throughout the Forum.  Starting with our Operating Partner Only reception on the 19th, the Forum provides operating partners with opportunities each day for private and semi-private opportunities to network and share thoughts with operating partners only. Explore the various interactive working groups, think tanks, breakfast sessions and receptions to discuss emerging topics in value creation and private equity with your peers.

 

Pre-event networking reception

Networking amongst operating partners is a key portion of the event, and we hope you will join us for the Kickoff Networking Reception for operating partners only on the night prior to the conference sessions starting.

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Bryant Park Grill Rooftop Deck for cocktails and networking with other operating partners.

Attendance at this event is limited to operating partners attending the Forum.

Bryant Park Grill
25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

For more information on these operating partner only networking programs, please contact Lawrence.d@peimedia.com

Featured networking opportunities

OPNY 2018

Think Tank sessions

The closed-door rooms will allow you to learn and share
best practices of successful operating partners. The
thinks tanks will allow you to submit topics to be covered in looking at best value creation practices and the toughest challenges operating partners face daily.

Women’s networking lunch

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

Interactive Working Groups

These exclusive deep dive discussions only available to operating partners allow you to participate in interactive roundtable discussions with designated facilitators.

Breakfast Deep Dive discussion

Join fellow operating partners for a portfolio operations breakfast deep dive discussion (invitation-only).