Driving technology as a key value creation lever in PE & VC

For ten years, Private Equity International has been the leading organizer of events dedicated to PE and VC value creators, with Forums across the globe in New York, San Francisco, London and Singapore gathering over 500 operating partners annually. PEI is now pleased to bring the Operating Partners Technology Forum to uncover deep dive discussions, strategies and initiatives to achieve value creation through technology.

In an increasingly digital world, the Forum will gather an elite crowd of technology value creators in PE & VC portfolio operations. Our community of operating partners will discuss and debate plans and actions at a crucial time in history to deal with this year’s downturn and reset strategies for growth through technology.

It is the place to meet and get a firm grasp on transformation and innovation initiatives with a concentration of tech & digital operating partners, C-level executives, suppliers & resources all in one setting to discuss strategies in impacting returns at a critical time for portfolio valuations.


Watch our sneak peek panel of what to expect

Top trends that will shape private equity in the coming years

Moderator:
Andrew Wilson, Vice President, Private Equity and M&A, Global Upside

Panelists:
Rich Lawson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder, HGGC
T.J. Maloney, Chairman and CEO, Lincolnshire Management
Mark Sotir, President, Equity Group Investments

* This keynote panel is from the Operating Partners Virtual Forum hosted on October 14-16, 2020.


Experience the Forum on our virtual platform!

Watch our guided video for a preview of what you can expect at this year’s virtual conference.

Features include:
» Watch anytime, anywhere
» Schedule 1-to-1 or private group meetings
» On-Demand access for 6 months
» Live Q&A, polling and surveys
» And so much more!

Highlights for the 2020 Forum include:

  • Grasping key technology and digitalization initiatives in working with your portfolio companies through a downturn
  • Deep dive invitation-only think tanks in the most important technology focused value creation areas: designed exclusively for PE and VC Operating Partners
  • Women in technology operations lunch discussion (invitation-only)
  • AI/ML for value creation
  • Finding and activating brilliant digital leaders across the operating team and portco leadership team
  • Tech due diligence done right
  • Advanced analytics – measuring the success of a company, increasing revenue, and scaling the business
  • First hand operating partner digital transformation stories and perspectives
  • Cost reduction & optimization for technology enabled companies
  • How software and AI are changing the future of finance
  • Utilizing big data, AI, and workforce analytics for talent acquisition, development, and performance improvement
  • Developing a network of third-party tech support to enhance the value creation process
  • Agenda track selections tailored exclusively for VC operating partners
  • Cybersecurity best practices: do’s and don’ts

Why attend?

Carve your niche in
technology operations

Hear first-hand perspectives on how to further develop your operational skill set by looking at successful PE and VC models.

Learn key technology strategies to create value

Find the right tools and knowledge to deliver successful cross-portfolio initiatives.

Network with top PE
and VC tech value creators

Meet with the largest community of technology operational experts all in one place.

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  • Virtual networking
  • Think tanks
  • Private Equity sessions
  • Venture Capital sessions
  • And much more!

Current attendees include

Arcline Investment Management
Corsair Capital
Costanoa Ventures
EQT Partners
Equity Group Investments
Genstar Capital
GI Partners
H.I.G. Growth Partners
Hellman & Friedman
HGGC
Jump Capital
Kelso & Company
Kleiner Perkins
Naspers Ventures
Neuberger Berman
Oaktree Capital
OMERS Private Equity
OMERS Ventures
Partners Group
Point72 Ventures
Providence Strategic Growth
Redpoint Ventures
Ridgemont Equity Partners
Serent Capital
Strattam Capital
STG Partners
Thoma Bravo
TPG Capital
TPG Growth
Venrock
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
XPV Water Partners

What our attendees say about the Forum

VP, Operations

Private Equity Fund

Great conference, excellent organization. I recommend this for every experienced, emerging and aspiring Operating Partner in Private Equity and Venture Capital…

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Partner and Operational Resource Group Managing Partner

Private Equity Fund

The invite-only think tank provided candid insights into the inner workings of operating partner models across a variety of GPs, from small to mega.

Operating Partner

Venture Capital Fund

This was a great conference and I enjoyed networking with everyone at the event

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Discover best practices and ideas at a critical time for portfolio valuations at the industry’s best virtual event for private equity value creators

All sessions, idea forums and interactive meetings are uniquely designed to solve your toughest challenges during the covid-19 crisis & beyond.

See for yourself how the Operating Partners Technology Forum will work with your host.

Available from anywhere & on-demand for up 6 months.


Leading thought-provoking operating partner experts — all NEWLY updated!

Without ever leaving the comfort and security of your home, you can enjoy ALL the 100 + value creation experts sharing their practical guidance. Plus, you can participate in audience Q&A, polls, and download content and papers with just a few clicks

You also get:

  • Built-in calendar to create your own daily schedule so you don’t miss your favorite sessions
  • Automated reminders
  • Polling and surveys
  • On-demand playback gives you access to sessions for up to 6 months

Network & build key relationships

Online networking can never replace face-to-face interaction, but done right, it can provide a very effective way for people to build their professional relationships and knowledge. At an in-person event, you get 2 days of engagement. With the Operating Partners Technology Forum, you get an active virtual community.

Take advantage of these benefits:

  • Attendee and Operating Partner directories: Use our searchable directory of our delegates, solution providers and speakers, so you can quickly find the right people and companies to connect with.
  • Private messaging: Reach out privately and directly online (without having to expose email and phone number to “the world”)
  • Virtual Meet-ups: Pre-schedule multi-person video conferences or one on one type meetups, allowing you to connect and talk about topics of interest.

Meet with the country’s leading solution providers in our virtual tradeshow

Just like any convention, you have the opportunity to meet with exhibitors and sponsors, browse the trade show, and chat with solution providers. You get all these features without ever stepping outside your front door. A searchable keyword index helps attendees you find the exhibitors and sponsors who are most relevant.

Other features include:

  • Virtual tradeshow: See what solutions and ideas exhibitors and sponsors provide to help you better serve your employees and your members.
  • Automated reminders
  • Online meetings with exhibitors: Easily “request information” from exhibiting companies and share your information similar to having your badge scanned at a live event.

 

 

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

*Please Note: All session times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

 

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Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 1st

Morning Discussions & Welcome Remarks
09:00 - 09:45

Operating partners portfolio operations breakfast discussion (invitation-only)

Ted Bililies, Angela Zutavern

This private virtual session is a deep dive on optimizing leadership and cultures for agile organizations. Experts will explore the differences between traditional and agile organization leadership and share best practices for leading hybrid teams – i.e., teams comprised of employees with varying degrees digital savviness. Join us for an in-depth discussion with actionable advice for operating partners on agile leadership and culture.

  • Incorporating digital into every aspect of the organization from process to people
  • Leading and designing an agile organization; setting the strategy, leading to build engagement, executing, and maintaining focus
  • Best practices for hybrid leadership teams, with both digitally savvy and non-digital savvy leaders
  • Optimizing an agile organization’s culture
  • Advice for leaders who might want to become more digitally savvy

Facilitators:
Ted Bililies, Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners
Angela Zutavern, Managing Director, AlixPartners

 

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Ted Bililies

Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners

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Angela Zutavern AlixPartners

Angela Zutavern

Managing Director, AlixPartners

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09:45 - 10:40

Invitation-only think tank for full-time operating partners: value creation war room

Jarrad Berman, Parasvil Patel, Simon Jones, Kingchih Fan, Lisa Weaver-Lambert, Ignacio Giraldo

This closed-door virtual room is a deep dive session into utilizing technology as a key value creation enabler. It is an opportunity to learn and share best practices for operating partners. The think tank will allow you to submit topics to be covered in one of the tech rooms you select:

Room 1: Digital transformations
Facilitators:
Jarrad Berman, Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group
Bruce Kenny, Operating Executive, Evergreen Coast Capital
Parasvil Patel, Principal, Radical Ventures

Room 2: Data analytics
Facilitators:
Simon Jones, 
Operating Partner, Turnspire Capital Partners
Lisa Weaver-Lambert, Data and Digital Director, Montagu Private Equity

Room 3: Ecommerce
Facilitators:
Kingchih Fan, Operating Partner, The Riverside Company
Ignacio Giraldo, Partner, TPG Growth

 

 

 

 

 

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Jarrad Berman

Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group

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Parasvil Patel

Principal, Radical Ventures

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Simon Jones

Operating Partner, Turnspire Capital Partners

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Kingchih Fan

Operating Partner, The Riverside Company

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Lisa Weaver-Lambert

Data and Digital Director, Montagu Private Equity

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Ignacio Giraldo

Partner, TPG Growth

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10:40 - 10:45

PEI’s welcome and opening remarks

Plenary sessions
10:45 - 11:20

Key technology and digital initiatives in working with your portfolio companies through a downturn

Glenn Engler, Mark Emery, Neil Kimber, Raj Kushwaha, Peter Kuerpick
  • What to do from a technology operations standpoint — how operating partners work differently in different market conditions
  • What advice do you offer management with regards to digital/technology value creation initiatives in working through a downturn?
  • Understanding the challenges around web-enablement and changes in consumer behavior
  • Working with your portfolio companies remotely: how best to manage and communicate with your portfolio
  • Transitioning to a virtual workforce: lessons learned
  • A hands-on approach to cost optimization, approaching capital intensive projects, escaping the “fixed costs trap”
  • Looking at blueprints for businesses to get through the downturn: comparing the 2008 downturn to this year’s crisis
  • What is your final piece of advice for minimizing risk brought on by a downturn?

Moderator:
Glenn Engler, EY-Parthenon Global Digital Leader, Americas Strategy and Transactions Digital Strategy Leader, EY

Panelists:
Mark Emery, Partner, Co-Head of the Operations Management Group, The Jordan Company
Neil Kimber, Operating Principal, Accel-KKR
Peter Kuerpick,
Technology Operating Partner, Bain Capital 
Raj Kushwaha, Managing Director, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Warburg Pincus 

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Glenn Engler

EY-Parthenon Global Digital Leader, Americas Strategy and Transactions Digital Strategy Leader, EY

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Mark Emery

Partner, Co-Head of the Operations Management Group, The Jordan Company

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Neil Kimber

Operating Principal, Accel-KKR

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Raj Kushwaha

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

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Peter Kuerpick

Peter Kuerpick

Technology Operating Partner, Bain Capital

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11:20 - 12:00

The art of virtual sales: what the sales force of the future will look like

Michael Smith, Brian Cohen, Bruce Grainger, Kevin Jeon
  • How COVID-19 has changed the future of selling – no going back to the pre-COVID days
  • How virtual selling meets customer needs
  • Where might virtual selling apply and where not?
  • Capturing the value of virtual: the economic benefits from a successful virtual sales model
  • Charting the virtual sales transformation: best practices for implementing virtual sales
  • Managing the virtual sales teams: new more effective techniques

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

Panelists:
Brian Cohen, Operating Partner, Altamont Capital Partners
Bruce Grainger, Operating Partner, Francisco Partners
Kevin Jeon, Director of Revenue Optimization, Peak Performance Group, Summit Partners

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

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

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Brian Cohen

Operating Partner, Altamont Capital Partners

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Bruce Grainger

Bruce Grainger

Operating Partner, Francisco Partners

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Kevin Jeon

Kevin Jeon

Director of Revenue Optimization, Peak Performance Group, Summit Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

AI/ML for value creation

Daniel Burke, Karthik Balu, Richard Poole
  • Hype vs reality of AI/ML – what use cases should PE portfolio companies focus on?
  • How can PE firms and their portfolio companies identify opportunities to use AI and ML to improve business outcomes?
  • Talent challenges – how do PE portfolio companies execute AI/ML use cases without having to hire data scientists?
  • How should PE firms think about AI/ML for their own internal operations?

 

Moderator:
Daniel Burke, Global Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Private Equity, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Panelists:
Karthik Balu, Technology Advisor, TPG Capital
Richard Poole, Senior Associate and Member of the Portfolio Team, Hg

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Daniel Burke

Global Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Private Equity, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Karthik Balu

Technology Advisor, TPG Capital

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Richard Poole

Senior Associate and Member of the Portfolio Team, Hg

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12:30 - 13:00

Technology roadmap in the first 100 days and beyond

Jody Cordeiro, Asheesh Gupta, Matt Thompson, Craig Vosburgh
  • Building the technology strategic roadmap for day 1 and beyond – what are the key strategic considerations?
  • Technology strategic roadmap execution – what are some typical challenges and related mitigation strategies?
  • Technology’s role in the execution of the broader integration program – how can technology help drive the program toward successful outcomes?

Moderator:
Jody Cordeiro, Director, AlixPartners

Panelists:
Asheesh Gupta, Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Group
Matt Thompson, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Skyview Capital
Craig Vosburgh, Chief Technical Officer, Strattam Capital

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Jody Cordeiro

Director, AlixPartners

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Asheesh Gupta

Asheesh Gupta

Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Group

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Matt Thompson

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Skyview Capital

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Craig Vosburgh

Chief Technical Officer, Strattam Capital

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Virtual networking lunch and extended live Q&A
13:00 - 13:30

Virtual networking lunch and extended live Q&A

Please use this time as an opportunity to connect with conference attendees and sponsors via the video chat function one-on-one or as a small group.

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels.

 Roundtable 1: Key technology and digital initiatives in working with your portfolio companies through a downturn

Roundtable 2: The art of virtual sales: what the sales force of the future will look like

Roundtable 3: AI/ML for value creation 

Roundtable 4: Technology roadmap in the first 100 days and beyond

Functional Business Series 1
13:30 - 14:00

Track 1 — The transformative potential of data

Sean Epstein, Carrie DiLauro, Srinivas Rapthadu
  • Mining and utilizing data throughout the investment process: due diligence, 100-day planning and long-term value creation activities
  • Capturing, measuring and tapping the value of experience data — what is it, how do you get it and what to do with it
  • Combining with operational data to create a 360-degree value creation strategy

Moderator:
Sean Epstein, Global Head of Private Equity, SAP

Panelists:
Carrie DiLauro,
Director, Operations, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners
Kevin Liu, Director, Techstars Investments
Srinivas Rapthadu, Managing Partner, Private Equity North America, SAP

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Sean Epstein

SVP and Global Head of Private Equity, SAP

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Carrie DiLauro

Director, Operations, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners

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Srinivas Rapthadu

Managing Partner, Private Equity North America, SAP

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13:30 - 14:00

Track 2 — Rapid contact center transformation to accelerate EBITDA improvements

Milos Djokovic, Misha Logvinov
  • Proven mechanisms to speed up traditional approaches to contact center transformation
  • Effective shared risk models (fixed price, gain share, fees-at-risk, risk/reward, champion/challenger)
  • Learn about the process to achieve these results
  • 2 industry case studies including financial results

Moderator:
Milos Djokovic, CEO and Managing Director, Eventus Solutions Group

Panelists:
Misha Logvinov, Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners
Curt Witte, Partner, Head of Growth Factors Portfolio Operations, Bregal Sagemount

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Milos Djokovic

CEO and Managing Director, Eventus Solutions Group

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Misha Logvinov

Managing Director & Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners

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13:30 - 14:00

Track 3 — Unlocking the strategic power of spend

Greg Thomas, Michael van Keulen
  • Stages of procurement transformation and how do they unlock saving and efficiencies
  • Power of community insight and the value of analytics
  • Immediate impact of leveraged spend on the bottom line
  • Hidden savings throughout your entire procurement to pay process

Presenters:
Greg Thomas, General Partner, WestView Capital Partners
Michael van Keulen, Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa

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Greg Thomas

General Partner, WestView Capital Partners

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Michael van Keulen

Chief Procurement Officer, Coupa

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Functional Business Series 2
14:00 - 14:40

Track 4 — Finding brilliant digital/technology talent: how do you deal with it?

Debbie Millin, Dave Beuerlein, Brian Kasser, Melissa Mounce, Milo Sprague
  • Overcoming the challenges of scarcity in tech talent – firsthand views on what to do
  • Challenges of building and hiring cloud expertise in your companies: how are you dealing with it?
  • Key players: leveling up tech know-how across the operating team and portco leadership team
  • Leveraging tools to drive hiring across the portfolio
  • Activating a pool of experts to support your operating partners to shape the portco journey and unlock EBITDA opportunities
  • Building a digital culture at your companies
  • Operating model – executing digital initiatives and successfully incorporating digital into your playbook by relying on multiple vendors, technologies, players, and partners


Moderator:
Debbie Millin, 
Chief Operating Officer, Globalization Partners

Panelists:
David Beuerlein, Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures
Brian Kasser, Talent Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Melissa Mounce,  Managing Director, Leadership Talent, GTCR
Milo Sprague, Senior Technology Advisor, FTV Capital

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Debbie Millin

Chief Operating Officer, Globalization Partners

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Dave Beuerlein

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

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Brian Kasser

Talent Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe

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Melissa Mounce

Managing Director, Leadership Talent, GTCR

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Milo Sprague

Senior Technology Advisor, FTV Capital

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14:00 - 14:40

Track 5 — Turning sustainability into a competitive advantage

Gretchen O'Hara, Kirk Hourdajian, Brandon Middaugh, Leela Ramnath

Across the globe we are seeing increasing awareness of the carbon footprint and environmental impact of businesses and this growing public interest in ethical investing has influenced many private equity funds to incorporate environmental and social goals into their portfolio strategy. As a result, understanding how to operationalize a sustainability program across diverse portfolios has become critical as it adds further complexity to a firm’s discovery, due diligence, and divestiture strategies. In this panel discussion we will explore:

  • Why ecosystems are important
  • Microsoft’s increasing investments in AI for Earth and the recently launched Planetary Computer and other technical and business efforts intended to drive positive global impact
  • Operating partner views in building sustainability programs to learn about the opportunities and challenges in developing these strategies to deliver that competitive advantage and value creation

Moderator:
Gretchen O’Hara, Vice President, US AI & Sustainability Strategy & Partnership, Microsoft

Panelists:
Kirk Hourdajian, 
Head of ESG & Impact, Vista Equity Partners
Brandon Middaugh, Director, Climate Innovation Fund, Microsoft
Leela Ramnath, Director of ESG, Warburg Pincus

 

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Gretchen O'Hara

Vice President, US AI & Sustainability Strategy & Partnership, Microsoft

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Kirk Hourdajian Vista Equity Partners

Kirk Hourdajian

Head of ESG and Impact, Vista Equity Partners

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BRANDON MIDDAUGH, Microsoft

Brandon Middaugh

Director, Climate Innovation Fund, Microsoft

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Leela Ramnath Warburg Pincus

Leela Ramnath

Director of ESG, Warburg Pincus

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14:00 - 14:40

Track 6 — Venture Capital: The rise of the VC operating partner

Peter Carroll, Travis Bryant, Dale Chang, John Hamm, Joubin Mirzadegan
  • What is driving the rise of the VC operating partner? How is the role evolving and what will it look like in 5 years?
  • Career pathing and compensation for VC operating partners
  • Measuring the value/ROI of operating partners in VC
  • VC generalists vs. specialists
  • What lessons can VC operating partners learn from their PE counterparts?
  • Tech for VC: infrastructure-building at earlier stage companies
  • Scaling fast: sharing the secret sauces
  • Best practices in VC portfolio operations — looking at profiles/playbooks of VC operating partners and managing the various constituents
  • Are there any sector specific nuances to VC operating partner models?

Moderator:
Peter Carroll, Operating Partner, Jump Capital

Panelists:
Travis Bryant, Partner, Head of Founder Experience, Redpoint Ventures
Dale Chang, Operating Partner, Scale Venture Partners
John Hamm, Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures
Joubin Mirzadegan, Go to Market Operating Partner, Kleiner Perkins

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Peter Carroll

Operating Partner, Jump Capital

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Travis Bryant

Partner, Head of Founder Experience, Redpoint Ventures

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Dale Chang

Operating Partner, Scale Venture Partners

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John Hamm

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

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Joubin Mirzadegan

Go to Market Operating Partner, Kleiner Perkins

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Functional Business Series 3
14:40 - 15:20

Track 7 — Advanced data science and analytics to govern the business

Patrick Beatty, Tye Howell, Michael Recce , Amanda Widjaja
  • What new tools are you adopting for portfolio management: best methodology for portfolio company reporting
  • Advanced analytics – turning data into revenue & EBITDA
  • How is the data team set up and how closely does it work with the management team and investment team?
  • Building out the tech infrastructure that helps us dive deeper into data analysis
  • What kind of datasets do you use? Which KPIs are worth gathering data for resulting in high impact to the business?
  • Using predictive analytics, data integration, and supplemental data lakes to augment decision making
  • Monetizing data: how best to impact the performance management & operational improvement processes

Moderator:
John Cacavias, Partner, Liberty Advisor Group

Panelists:
Patrick Beatty, Senior Director, Strategic Product Analytics, Naspers Ventures
Tye Howell, Managing Director of Data & Digital, Blue Point Capital Partners
Michael Recce, Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist, Neuberger Berman
Amanda Widjaja, Head of Data, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)

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Patrick Beatty

Senior Director, Strategic Product Analytics, Naspers Ventures

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Tye Howell

Managing Director of Data and Digital, Blue Point Capital Partners

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Michael Recce

Managing Director and Chief Data Scientist, Neuberger Berman

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Amanda Widjaja

Head of Data, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)

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14:40 - 15:20

Track 8 — Developing a network of third-party tech support to enhance the value creation process

Richard Sittema, Douglas Chey, Michael Frain, Chris Kitching, Kiran Rao
  • When to use tech consultants vs build capability in-house: what is your process for evaluating what can be done internally vs. what is better outsourced to a third party?
  • Which specialized third-party support is most valuable for opcos?
  • Benchmarking: looking at cross-portfolio programs vs. individual portfolio company initiatives
  • How to identify, select, and aggregate third-party tech providers
  • How to scope projects and manage third parties during the course of a project
  • How to leverage your portfolio of noncompetitive companies to form an informal network within your portfolio
  • How to hold third parties accountable and how to hold portfolio companies accountable

Moderator:
Richard Sittema, Principal, Grant Thornton

Panelists:
Douglas Chey, Chief Portfolio Technology Officer, Leonard Green & Partners
Michael Frain, Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Warburg Pincus
Chris Kitching, Operating Partner, HighBar Partners
Kiran Rao, Operating Partner, TPG Capital

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Richard Sittema

Principal, Grant Thornton

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Douglas Chey

Douglas Chey

Chief Portfolio Technology Officer, Leonard Green & Partners

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Michael Frain

Senior Vice President, Shared Services, Warburg Pincus

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Chris Kitching

Operating Partner, HighBar Partners

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Kiran Rao

Operating Partner, TPG Capital

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14:40 - 15:20

Track 9 — Venture Capital: Productize your operating platform: Lessons learned building the Costanoa Ventures Operating Platform

Martina Lauchengco, Jim Wilson
  • How to use product as an approach to building an operating platform
  • Guiding principles that make up an operating platform
  • Overview of various programs and lessons learned
  • How feedback loops from portfolio companies drive content and continuous improvement
  • Getting better alignment with investment partners to measure impact
  • Examples and key lessons learned  

Presenters:
Martina Lauchengco, Operating Partner, Costanoa Ventures
Jim Wilson, Operating Partner, Costanoa Ventures

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Martina Lauchengco

Operating Partner, Costanoa Ventures

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Jim Wilson

Operating Partner, Costanoa Ventures

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Plenary and Roundtables
15:20 - 15:50

Doubling down on cloud transformation — the potential of XaaS and recurring revenue

Chris Goodall, Misha Logvinov, Cici Zheng
  • Highlight opportunities to leverage cloud, subscription and consumption in software-driven revenue models
  • Discuss how these new business models can drive revenue growth, along with potential pitfalls including revenue leakage, customer retention challenges and other inefficiencies in the cloud
  • Explore how the application of cloud technologies can help companies scale quickly and improve operational performance
  • Explore lessons learned and best practices in managing transitions through revenue mix shift, and the path to XaaS @ scale
  • Discuss practical short-term efforts than can help companies drive value

Moderator:
Romit Dey, Partner, PwC Consulting

Panelists:
Alpna Doshi, Operating Partner, Thoma Bravo
Chris Goodall, Technology Advisor, Vitruvian Partners
Misha Logvinov, Managing Director and Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners
Cici Zheng, Principal, ParkerGale Capital

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Chris Goodall

Founder - CG Consultancy and Technology Value Add Pyramid Head, Vitruvian Partners

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Misha Logvinov

Managing Director & Head of IT Strategy, EQT Partners

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Cici Zheng

Principal, ParkerGale Capital

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15:20 - 15:50

Roundtable discussions: extended interactive live Q&A

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels.

Roundtable 1: Advanced data science and analytics to govern the business

Roundtable 2: Developing a network of third-party tech support to enhance the value creation process

Plenary, deep dive and roundtables
15:50 - 16:20

The next frontier in value creation: unlocking the digital revolution in private equity

Rahul Puri, David Jones, Manek Kapur, Russ Trpkovski
  • What makes a great PE operations team in the modern-day tech boom? What makes a great digital operating partner? What will the future of the role look like in an increasingly digital world?
  • Best practices in building out an operating team: structures, staffing, & value creation programs
  • How to quantify and incentivize operating partner performance: KPIs, goals, and metrics used
  • Building out an ecosystem of partners and advisors to leverage technology in the portfolio
  • Understanding the unique issues that tech companies face in creating value
  • Tech tales — firsthand digital transformation stories
  • Buy-and-builds in a digital age: which elements of digital transformations are your highest priority to drive value creation?
  • Looking at IT infrastructure, new technologies, and application software upgrades
  • The role of the operating partner in portfolio company governance: how do you create buy-in for your value creation plan with management?
  • Engaging with portfolio companies to drive initiatives: is your approach autocratic or laissez faire?

Moderator:
Rahul Puri, Global Head – M&A, Private Equity & VC Practice, Oracle NetSuite

Panelists:
David Jones, Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital
Manek Kapur, Vice President, TMT and Digital Value Creation, Partners Group
Russ Trpkovski, Operating Principal, CVC Capital Partners

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Rahul Puri

Global Head - M and A, Private Equity and VC Practice, NetSuite Oracle

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David Jones

Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Manek Kapur

Vice President, TMT and Digital Value Creation, Partners Group

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Russ Trpkovski

Operating Principal, CVC Capital Partners

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15:50 - 16:20

Deep dive discussion for operating partners (invitation-only): What is the biggest single change in commercial organizations that will enhance value over the next 18 months

Michael Smith

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

 

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

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

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15:50 - 16:20

Roundtable discussions: extended interactive live Q&A

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels.

Roundtable 1: Doubling down on cloud transformation — the potential of XaaS and recurring revenue

Roundtable 2: Finding brilliant digital/technology talent: how do you deal with it?

Virtual networking reception and extended live Q&A
16:20 - 17:00

Virtual networking reception and extended live Q&A

(please use this time as an opportunity to connect with conference attendees and sponsors via the video chat function one-on-one or as a small group)

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels.

Roundtable 1: The transformative potential of data

Roundtable 2: Rapid contact center transformation to accelerate EBITDA improvements

Rountable 3: Unlocking the strategic power of spend

Rountable 4: Turning sustainability into a competitive advantage

Roundtable 5:  The next frontier in value creation: unlocking the digital revolution in private equity

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Day 2 - Wednesday 2nd

Think tanks
10:00 - 11:00

Invitation-only think tank for full-time operating partners: value creation war room

Jason Friedrichs, Raj Kushwaha, Jason Miller, Casey Rovinelli

This closed-door virtual session is an opportunity to learn and share how to develop your role as an operating partner. The think tank will allow you to submit topics to be covered in the room. It will allow you to select one of the two groups based on your role in PE or VC portfolio operations value creation:

Group A — PE Digital & Technology Operating Partners:
Facilitators:
Jason Friedrichs, Director, Portfolio Operations, Altamont Capital Partners
Raj Kushwaha, Managing Director, Operating Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Warburg Pincus 


Group B — VC Operating Partners:

Facilitators:
Jason Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Point72 Ventures
Casey Rovinelli, Growth Director, Portfolio Companies, OMERS Ventures

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Jason Friedrichs

Director, Portfolio Operations, Altamont Capital Partners

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Raj Kushwaha

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

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Jason Miller

Chief Operating Officer, Point 72 Ventures

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Casey Rovinelli

Growth Director, Portfolio Companies, OMERS Ventures

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Plenary sessions
11:00 - 11:30

Getting to top quartile of PE firm returns through technology investments at portfolio companies

Jesse Weber, Ben Cox, Brian Jawalka, Scott Tynes
  • Debate: learn whether a prescriptive, playbook approach or a collaborative approach to working with portfolio company leadership is best for a digital transformation
  • Adventures in value creation: stories in succeeding and failing in building a great tech stack for top returns
  • What do the best private equity firms and operating partners do differently when it comes to portfolio company technology initiatives?
  • Learn how best to partner with portfolio company leadership on digital transformations

Moderator:
Jesse Weber, Private Equity Lead, Sage Intacct

Panelists:
Ben Cox, Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners
Brian Jawalka, Principal, Portfolio Operations, Product and Technology, TCV
Scott Tynes, CEO, Consero

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Jesse Weber

Private Equity Lead, Sage Intacct

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Ben Cox

Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners

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Brian Jawalka

Principal, Portfolio Operations, Product and Technology, TCV

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Scott Tynes

CEO, Consero Global

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Functional Business Series 4
11:30 - 12:00

Track 10 — The art of the operating deal- tech due diligence done right

Ragu Bhargava, Andrew Hampshire, Prital Kadakia, David Muhlenkamp
  • Successful operating partner tech due diligence stories when partnering with deal teams
  • Virtual due diligence: assessing management teams/opportunities without meeting face to face
  • Pre-deal assessments of the tech leadership team — lessons learned
  • Understanding which elements of the operating framework are needed to support the growth objectives
  • Technology diligence framework, sourcing — how to think about alternative data sources
  • Assessing technology resources, equipment risk and the impact on capital expenditures
  • Exploring the use of deeper dive diagnostics after the close — using them to align deal thesis assumptions to close with what you find later

Moderator:
Ragu Bhargava, 
CEO and Co-Founder, Global Upside

Panelists:
Andrew Hampshire, Chief Technology Officer, Gresham House
Prital Kadakia, General Partner, Serent Capital
David Muhlenkamp, Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Operations, Lindsay Goldberg

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Ragu Bhargava

CEO, Global Upside

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Andrew Hampshire Gresham House

Andrew Hampshire

Chief Technology Officer, Gresham House

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Prital Kadakia

General Partner, Serent Capital

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David Muhlenkamp

Managing Director, Head of Portfolio Operations, Lindsay Goldberg

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11:30 - 12:00

Track 11 — Case studies: how have PE portfolio companies used digital transformation as a lever of value creation

Aswatha Amarnath , Jarrad Berman, Lucia Soares

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

Panelists:
Jarrad Berman, Vice President, Digital Transformation, TZP Group
Lucia Soares, Managing Director and Portfolio Chief Information Officer Americas, The Carlyle Group

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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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Lucia Soares

Managing Director and Portfolio Chief Information Officer Americas, The Carlyle Group

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11:30 - 12:00

Track 12 — Technology enablement across your portfolio

Gilad Amir
  • Digital transformation for customer acquisition
  • Managing hyper growth during funding rounds
  • Cloud migration and consolidation across your portfolio
  • Leveraging DEVOPS and SRE culture to increase profits

Moderator:
Stephen McElwee, Director of Business Development, 42 Lines

Panelists:
Gilad Amir, Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital
Casey Kerr, Hyper-Growth Sales Advisor, Bregal Sagemount

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Gilad Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

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Functional Business Series 5
12:00 - 12:30

Track 13 — Leveraging data driven digital pricing

Adam Echter, David Buckley, Eddie Hartman, Kush Tulsidas

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

Panelists:
David Buckley, Operating Partner, General Atlantic
Eddie Hartman, Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Kush Tulsidas, Operating Partner, One Rock Capital Partners

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Adam Echter

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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David Buckley

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

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Eddie Hartman

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Kush Tulsidas

Operating Partner, One Rock Capital Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

Track 14 — Big data & workforce analytics: looking at the future of human capital with AI on the horizon

Chris Volney, Erik Anderson, Neel Bhatia , Susan Clark, John Ouren
  • How is AI affecting and going to affect recruiting and developing talent?
  • Utilizing workforce analytics to quantify performance improvement across the portfolio
  • What tools have you effectively used to analyze team dynamics and make comparisons of management capability across your assets
  • Innovations in “people data science” to uncover hidden patterns in data to make you reconsider how you pay, retain and engage your employees
  • Utilizing big data to help you win the war for talent

Moderator:
Chris Volney, Senior Director of Client Strategy, Labor Analytics, CBRE

Panelists:
Eric Anderson, Senior Director, M365 Workplace Intelligence, Microsoft
Neel Bhatia,
 Operating Partner, Talent and ESG, Arcline Investment Management
Susan Clark, General Partner, Portfolio Operations, TCV
John Ouren, Operating Partner, STG Partners

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Chris Volney

Senior Director of Client Strategy, Labor Analytics, CBRE

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Erik Anderson

Senior Director, M365 Workplace Intelligence, Microsoft

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Neel Bhatia

Operating Partner, Talent and ESG, Arcline Investment Management

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Susan Clark

General Partner, Portfolio Operations, TCV

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John Ouren

Operating Partner, STG Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

Track 15 — Leveraging technology and predictive insights to optimize and transform global supply chains

Jim Barnes, Matt Ibbetson, Bob Lobley
  • Understand how to streamline technology investments to drive cost savings and efficiencies
  • Leverage AI for predictive insights that reduce gross margin inventory return on investments
  • Take a wholistic look at your network to develop an optimal IT roadmap and supply chain network strategy
  • Understand where to leverage business insights on where to improve the customer experience
  • Understand how technology can drive supply chain resilience and improve profitability and more

Moderator:
Jim Barnes, CEO, enVista

Panelists:
Matt Ibbetson, Principal, Ridgemont Equity Partners
Bob Lobley, Operating Partner, Juna Equity Partners

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Jim Barnes

CEO, enVista

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Matt Ibbetson

Principal, Ridgemont Equity Partners

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Bob Lobley

Operating Partner, Juna Equity Partners

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Functional Business Series 6
12:30 - 13:00

Track 16 — Leveraging software and AI to create value out of the finance function

David Appel, Monica Johnson, Bill Klein, Brian Regan, Andrew Walshe

Recently, over 550 companies have integrated AI into their services and products. AI technology is now setting the stage for increased competitiveness. Finance must be a part of this as well for it to provide value and be relevant. During this session, we will share insights gained from working with numerous CFOs of PE-backed businesses. The discussion will highlight the challenges faced by the modern CFO, why traditional solutions are failing to deliver the value expected of finance organizations and the change CFOs and their finance organizations need to undertake.

  • Gain an understanding of the attributes required of the modern CFO and their organization
  • Learn more about the overwhelming technology landscape
  • Understand how finance is ripe for AI, the ROI it provides and what the future will hold
  • Explore Finance as a Service and how it delivers financial clarity, efficiency and scalability

Moderator:
David Appel, Head, Subscription and SaaS Vertical, Sage Intacct

Panelists:
Monica Johnson, Operating Partner and CFO, NGP Capital
Bill Klein, President, Consero Global
Brian Regan, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Spectrum Equity
Andrew Walshe, Head of Portfolio Operations, Sightway Capital

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David Appel

Head, Subscription and SaaS Vertical, Sage Intacct

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Monica Johnson

Operating Partner and CFO, NGP Capital

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Bill Klein

President, Consero Global

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Brian Regan

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Spectrum Equity

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Andrew Walshe

Head of Portfolio Operations, Sightway Capital

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12:30 - 13:00

Track 17 — Profit driven digital marketing best practices in an increasingly digital world

Karen Hayward, Hubert Dagbo, Faton Gjuka, Alexandra Lutz
  • Focusing on profit driven digital marketing channels to drive topline growth
  • Data-driven digital marketing strategies to maximize brand growth
  • Ecommerce best practices: achieving profitability across digital channels
  • Understanding your digital marketing effectiveness in looking at the consumer and customer interaction via technology

Moderator:
Karen Hayward, Managing Partner and CMO, Chief Outsiders

Panelists:
Hubert Dagbo, Portfolio Manager, Development Partners International (DPI)
Faton Gjuka, Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners
Alexandra Lutz, Managing Director, EQT Partners

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Karen Hayward

Managing Partner and CMO, Chief Outsiders

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Hubert Dagbo

Portfolio Manager, Development Partners International (DPI)

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Faton Gjuka

Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners

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Alexandra Lutz

Managing Director, EQT Partners

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12:30 - 13:00

Track 18 — M&A360™: Creating transformative value through each stage of the investment life cycle

Dave Noonan

Today’s M&A landscape is value-centric and growing increasingly complex. Private equity firms need data-driven insights and outcome-focused solutions that minimize risk and maximize return on invested capital throughout the transaction life cycle. Here we will focus on:

  • Strategy and holistic diligence: financial, IT and cyber as well as synergy planning and cost management to reduce your risk exposure and close the deal with speed and confidence
  • Integration, separation and transaction support: identifying and minimizing risks, accelerating transition timelines and minimizing cost variability to ensure the transaction priorities and investment thesis are achieved
  • Portfolio optimization: transforming functional leaders and their teams, processes and technologies to support revenue expansion strategies, growth potential of acquisitions and expanded return on investment
  • Divest: preparing for an exit with late-stage optimization in key areas in order to maximize enterprise value, improve exit value and increase speed to closing

Presenters:
Jigar Shah, Operating Principal, Davidson Kempner Capital
Dave Noonan,
Principal, Head of Private Equity Strategy, RSM

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Dave Noonan

Principal, Head of Private Equity Strategy, RSM

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Roundtable discussions: extended interactive live Q&A
13:00 - 13:30

Roundtable discussions: extended interactive live Q&A

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels:

 

RT1 Getting to top quartile of PE firm returns through technology investments at portfolio companies

RT2 The art of the operating deal — tech due diligence done right

RT3 Case studies: how have PE portfolio companies used digital transformation as a lever of value creation

RT4 Technology enablement across your portfolio

RT5 Case Study: Leveraging data driven digital pricing 

Women in PE, virtual networking & concluding roundtables
13:30 - 14:30

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

Lily Chang, Angela Zutavern, Carrie DiLauro

This closed-door virtual room discussion will explore what it’s like being a woman focused on PE & VC technology operations for value creation:

  • What are the issues causing a disparity in genders?
  • Exploring career paths, development, and how to position yourself as female tech leaders
  • Is your firm focused on women’s leadership at technology portfolio companies?
  • Recruiting female digital and tech talent: creating a more equal playing field across the operating team and your portcos
  • Looking at trends and stats in gender in PE & VC

Facilitators:
Lily Chang,
Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Leonard Green & Partners
Carrie DiLauro,
Director, Operations, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners
Angela Zutavern, Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Alix Partners

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Lily Chang

Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Leonard Green & Partners

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Angela Zutavern

Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Carrie DiLauro

Director, Operations, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners

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13:30 - 14:00

Virtual networking lunch and extended interactive live Q&A

Please use this time as an opportunity to connect with conference attendees and sponsors via the video chat function one-on-one or as a small group

Please join one of the roundtables as a follow-up interactive discussion with extended live Q&A from the panels.

Roundtable 1: Big data & workforce analytics: looking at the future of human capital with AI on the horizon

Roundtable 2: Leveraging technology and predictive insights to optimize and transform global supply chains 

Rountable 3: Profit driven digital marketing best practices in an increasingly digital world

Roundtable 4: M&A360TM: Creating transformative value through each stage of the investment life cycle

 

Built by and for operating partners

We source insights from our distinguished line-up of advisors representing a broad variety of private equity and venture capital firms to make sure our agenda addresses the topics integral to modern value creation. Read below to learn more about the advisory board members behind the San Francisco edition of the Operating Partners Forum series.


Tracey Abbott
Industry Value Creation, Portfolio Operations, Partners Group


Dale Chang
Operating Partner, Scale Venture Partners


Paul Ilse
Senior Operating Partner, Francisco Partners Consulting


Prital Kadakia
General Partner, Serent Capital


Kiran Rao
Operating Partner, TPG Capital


Achi Yaffe
Managing Director, Portfolio Operations , GI Partners

Interested in speaking at this year’s Forum? Please contact Marc Mele at marc.m@peimedia.com or call +1 646 581 9295.

Gilad Amir

Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Gilad joined Pollen Street Capital in May 2018 as the in-house tech entrepreneur and has been focusing on supporting the portfolio companies with their digital transformation activities. Prior to PSC, Gilad was the Head of Fintech at Lloyds Banking G… Read full bio

Erik Anderson

Senior Director, M365 Workplace Intelligence, Microsoft

Erik Anderson has helped lead the launch and evolution of Microsoft's M365 insights products, Workplace Analytics and MyAnalytics. He currently leads a team responsible for research and incubation efforts working with customers, Microsoft Research, a… Read full bio

David Appel

Head, Subscription and SaaS Vertical, Sage Intacct

David Appel is passionate about creating go-to-market models selling to the office of the CFO. Over time he has developed a series of sales organizations that have generated over $20B in market capitalization via IPO or M&A for his clients, focus… 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 is head of Global Sales Operations. He has three other global responsibilities: 1) he leads Wipro’s efforts in helping pre-IPO companies and Unicorns scale; 2) he leads Wipro’s business… Read full bio

Karthik Balu

Technology Advisor, TPG Capital

Karthik has 18+ years of Technology experience ranging from Product Development, Delivery, Quality Engineering, Architecture and DEVOPS with focus on Architecture, Design, Performance & Scalability. As Technology Advisor at TPG (part of Field Ope… Read full bio
Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes

CEO, enVista

As CEO of enVista, Jim Barnes leads the only retail software solutions and consulting services firm with the depth and breadth of capability to truly optimize and unify both physical and digital commerce end-to-end, from order capture through fulfill… Read full bio

Patrick Beatty

Senior Director, Strategic Product Analytics, Naspers Ventures

Patrick is a Senior Director for Naspers/Prosus, one of the largest venture capital groups globally with investments in societal needs in the developing world and elsewhere. He has more than 20 years of experience in analytics, data, and data science… 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

Dave Beuerlein

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Dave is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he works with portfolio companies on all matters related to talent. Most recently, Dave built and led the executive recruiting function at Google, responsible for all executive hiring globally ac… Read full bio

Ragu Bhargava

CEO, Global Upside

Ragu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Global Upside, which is part of the Global Upside Corporation, a conglomerate of brands that provide a comprehensive range of staffing, PEO, incorporation, human resources, accounting, payroll, and M&A services i… Read full bio

Neel Bhatia

Operating Partner, Talent and ESG, Arcline Investment Management

Neel is currently an Operating Partner at Arcline Investment Management where he is focused on talent assessment and development both within the firm and across portfolio companies. Most recently, Neel was the Managing Partner of Green Peak, a privat… Read full bio

Ted Bililies

Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, AlixPartners

• Internationally recognized expert on leadership and organization development • Founded AlixPartners’ transformative leadership practice in 2014, advising global CEOs, their boards, and private equity investors • Serving nearly three decades as a bu… Read full bio

Travis Bryant

Partner, Head of Founder Experience, Redpoint Ventures

Travis joined Redpoint Ventures in 2019 and is a partner leading Founder Experience. In this newly created role, Travis will support our founders from initial contact through the entire journey to successful exit. Founder Experience will focus on pro… Read full bio

David Buckley

Operating Partner, General Atlantic

David Buckley is an Operating Partner at General Atlantic and leads the firm’s Insights Group, which integrates market research, data science, and revenue acceleration efforts across the firm’s global investment program at every stage in the investme… Read full bio
Daniel Burke Amazon Web Services

Daniel Burke

Global Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Private Equity, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Daniel is the global lead of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Private Equity at AWS. In this role, Daniel advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on the successful application of AIML to drive business performance.… Read full bio

Peter Carroll

Operating Partner, Jump Capital

Pete Carroll is an Operating Partner at Jump Capital, a venture capital firm based in Chicago. He has operated, advised, and held board seats at a number of Jump’s portfolio companies including deep engagements in executive roles (CEO and CFO). His g… Read full bio

Dale Chang

Operating Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Dale is the Operating Partner at Scale Venture Partners. In his role, Dale is a resource for guidance on evolving go-to-market strategies as well as providing best practices and benchmarks across the portfolio. Previously, Dale was a Director at the… Read full bio
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Lily Chang

Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Leonard Green & Partners

Lily joined LGP in 2004. As Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Lily leads LGP’s collaborative efforts with portfolio company management teams. Lily currently serves on the Board of Directors of JOANN Stores. Prior to LGP, she worked at Nissan North Am… Read full bio
Douglas Chey

Douglas Chey

Chief Portfolio Technology Officer, Leonard Green & Partners

Doug joined LGP in 2017 as Chief Portfolio Technology Officer. As a member of the Portfolio Services team, Doug focuses on technology-related collaboration with portfolio companies. Prior to LGP, Doug worked at Hyperloop One as SVP of Systems Technol… Read full bio

Susan Clark

General Partner, Portfolio Operations, TCV

Background Susan joined TCV in 2019 as a General Partner, Portfolio Operations, to stand up the advisory and operating organization to drive value across the portfolio. She works with investment teams, CEOs, and senior portfolio leadership on busines… Read full bio

Brian Cohen

Operating Partner, Altamont Capital Partners

Brian Cohen currently serves as an Operating Partner at Altamont Capital Partners where he focuses on the insurance and financial services industries. Brian formerly served as the President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Sp… Read full bio

Jody Cordeiro

Director, AlixPartners

Jody is a technology leader with more than 25 years of experience with top-tier management consulting firms and in industry. She blends world-class technology strategies with industry leadership expertise to provide significant value and deliver resu… Read full bio

Ben Cox

Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners

Ben Cox is an Operating Principal focused on go-to-market acceleration of the firm’s investments through improvements in sales, marketing, product management, and customer success. He has more than fifteen years of product, sales, and marketing exper… Read full bio
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Hubert Dagbo

Portfolio Manager, Development Partners International (DPI)

Hubert Dagbo is a Portfolio Manager at Development Partners International, a $1.6bn Africa focused private equity fund. With a focus on technology and digitalisation value creation projects across the portfolio, he has led the eCommerce channel devel… Read full bio

Carrie DiLauro

Director, Operations, Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners

Carrie DiLauro is the Director of Operations at Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners. She joined HRCP in 2009 and brings over 25 years of experience in global manufacturing and finance. She is responsible for a wide scope of operations management for t… Read full bio

Milos Djokovic

CEO and Managing Director, Eventus Solutions Group

Milos Djokovic is a co-founder, CEO, and Managing Director of Eventus Solutions Group, LLC. He is a highly regarded industry expert in contact center, customer experience, CRM applications, telephony communications channels, cloud computing, and netw… 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

Mark Emery

Partner, Co-Head of the Operations Management Group, The Jordan Company

Mark Emery is a Partner and the Co-Head of the Operations Management Group of The Jordan Company. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mark joined TJC in 2008. Prior to TJC, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Northstar… Read full bio

Glenn Engler

EY-Parthenon Global Digital Leader, Americas Strategy and Transactions Digital Strategy Leader, EY

► Glenn is a Managing Director at EY-Parthenon, specializing in growth strategy, marketing strategy, brand development, and new business innovation in several industries, including technology, media, telecommunications, retail, and automotive. In add… Read full bio

Sean Epstein

SVP and Global Head of Private Equity, SAP

Sean Epstein is SVP and Global Head of the SAP Private Equity Team. His team handles all strategic partnerships and initiatives with Private Equity funds, Institutional Investors, & Family Offices and helps drive portfolio companies’ success thro… Read full bio

Kingchih Fan

Operating Partner, The Riverside Company

Kingchih Fan is currently an Operating Partner with The Riverside Company. He is a serial entrepreneur, operator and investor who has owned 4 companies in the past ten years (LiftDNA, OpenX, iGOTHAM, SIB). Prior to Riverside, he was most recently the… 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
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Faton Gjuka

Operating Principal, Sumeru Equity Partners

Faton Gjuka is an Operating Principal focused on Product Leadership and Go-to-Market Acceleration of the firm’s software company investments. He has more than fifteen years of product management and sales & marketing experience. Faton joined Sume… Read full bio

Chris Goodall

Founder - CG Consultancy and Technology Value Add Pyramid Head, Vitruvian Partners

Director of CG Consultancy, Chris Goodall formerly held senior technology positions for companies such as IBM, UBS Investment Bank and Citigroup and has over 23 years’ technology experience from development through to management. CG Consultancy speci… 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 is set-up to help portfolio companies drive strategy and value in areas such as procurement, employee benefits, corporate insurance and… Read full bio
Bruce Grainger

Bruce Grainger

Operating Partner, Francisco Partners

Prior to joining Francisco Partners Consulting, Bruce was a multi-time worldwide sales leader, spanning early-stage and privately held businesses to more mature billion dollar public corporations. He played significant leadership roles in three succe… Read full bio
Asheesh Gupta

Asheesh Gupta

Managing Director, Portfolio Support, Audax Group

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

John Hamm

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

John Hamm has a diverse background as a technology CEO, a venture investor, an executive/CEO leadership coach/advisor and a Board member of more than 25 companies. He is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures coaching CEOs across the Khosla Ventures… Read full bio

Eddie Hartman

Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Eddie Hartman is a Partner at Simon Kucher’s San Francisco office. He specializes in developing high-growth revenue strategies, conducting effective go-to-market planning, and achieving recurring revenue excellence. Eddie works with small “hypergrowt… Read full bio
Andrew Hampshire Gresham House

Andrew Hampshire

Chief Technology Officer, Gresham House

Andrew Hampshire is the author of Creating Value Through Technology: Discover the tech that can transform your business, published by Bloomsbury November 2020. Andrew is Chief Technology Officer at specialist asset management firm, Gresham House Plc.… Read full bio

Karen Hayward

Managing Partner and CMO, Chief Outsiders

Karen Hayward is a Chief Outsiders Managing Partner and CMO based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She helps technology companies accelerate growth by building and executing strategic marketing programs while driving sales and marketing alignment to de… Read full bio
Kirk Hourdajian Vista Equity Partners

Kirk Hourdajian

Head of ESG and Impact, Vista Equity Partners

Kirk Hourdahian joined Vista Equity Partners in 2020. Kirk oversees Vista’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program, working with portfolio companies and deal teams to drive value creation initiatives that improve the environment, society… Read full bio

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‘Record demand’ for operating partners: Survey

As GPs seek to boost portfolio company value, they are under pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiencies as operational issues become increasingly complex and LPs push for lower fees.

Operating partner roles are the fastest-growing positions in private equity this year, driven by a sharper focus on deploying capital raised in 2016 and 2017. Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles is experiencing “record demand” for operating partners among private equity firms, according to its 2019 North American Private Equity Operating Professional Compensation Survey, which received responses from 217 private equity operating professionals.

Head of talent, chief financial officer for portfolio operations, and generalist operating partner roles were the top operating professional searches. Increasingly complex operational issues in portfolio companies coupled with LPs insisting on lower fees puts pressure on GPs to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies.

Two evolutions have taken place in recent years, Jonathan Goldstein, regional managing partner, Americas for Heidrick & Struggles’ private equity practice and the report’s co-author, told Private Equity International. Private equity firms are hiring operating partners earlier in their careers, contrary to the previous trend of hiring semi-retired or retired professionals. What’s more, operating partners have proven their worth, driving private equity firms to build out their operating professionals’ ranks and add mid-level and junior operating professionals as well.

Base-level salaries and bonuses for operating roles more than doubled from 2016. Successful operating partners had a mix of consulting and operations experience and previous private equity exposure, according to the report.

Almost 87 percent of operations professionals had no prior relationship with the manager or with its portfolio companies, showing that “private equity firms were expanding their search beyond their network pools to seek talent”, Goldstein told PEI.

Compensation details

Base-level salaries and bonuses for operating professionals did not change significantly from 2017 to 2018; 68 percent of respondents received base-level salary increases of $50,000 or less in 2018. Likewise, 48 percent of respondents reported a higher bonus in 2018 than 2017.

“Change in compensation is not indicative of one thing or the other,” Goldstein said. “Bonuses are driven by increases in AUM, where the fund might be in its lifecycle and the individual’s own progression at the firm.”

Operating partners are eligible for carried interest, usually calculated on a whole-fund basis. Most respondents did not get warrants or options in the portfolio companies they oversaw. Only 43 percent of senior/executive advisors and 29 percent of general partners received warrants or options, and the average warrant participation for these two groups was $2.4 million and $2.6 million, respectively.

Most respondents were not eligible for direct equity participation except at the firm and general partner level. Almost all respondents said they had co-investment rights, according to the report.

Almost 41 percent of respondents said their cash compensation was funded by fund management fees, while 15 percent said their firms used only portfolio company oversight fees and 12 percent said their firms used time billed directly to portfolio companies. The remaining third of respondents said their firms used a mix of two or more funding methods.

 

Poll: the Operating Partner role in driving value creation

No one said that creating lasting value was easy – especially in a struggling company. PEI’s Operating Partner Forums discuss all aspects of value creation, from harnessing technology to leveraging human capital to boost operations. More than 200 operating partners attended the New York edition in October 2019, sharing their views on key aspects of value creation as highlighted in our most recent poll below.

 

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