25 March

PEI, organiser of Operating Partners Forum: Europe, today announces that the 2020 edition of the event has been rescheduled and will take place on 5-6 October in London.

The Operating Partners Forum: Europe original dates are changing due to the global spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The safety and health of our many thousands of clients, our partners and our own personnel is paramount. Given the fast-changing developments as Covid-19 advances, the only appropriate action is to postpone the Operating Partners Forum: Europe to 5-6 October.

For further queries, please contact customerservices@peimedia.com.

The value creation event for alternative asset classes

The largest European event specifically interested in value creation private equity owned companies.

The Forum provides a unique opportunity to hear from experienced operating partners and C-level executives on how they deliver value creation strategies, create top-line growth and drive EBITDA improvement in their portfolio.

Attendees will have extensive opportunities to network, build relationships and compare best value creation practices with their peers from leading PE firms, expert service providers, CEOs of portfolio companies and many more.

New features for 2020

Networking

Network with and hear from more operating partners than ever before throughout the event and have an open discussion with your peers at the closed door think tank and operating partners drink reception.

Agenda

A more outward-looking agenda covering more topics and hearing the views of CEOs and deal partners on their work with operating partners.

Exclusive for 2020

More opportunities for networking with other operating partners and expert service providers built into the event, Over 100 speakers including value creation experts, CEOs from portfolio companies and investment team representatives.

Darrell Stein, Director & Operations Advisor to Private Equity Funds (KKR), HBF Solutions Ltd

Keynote Interview: Getting tech right in the first 100 days

Commercially astute, passionate, globally experienced CIO with an impressive track record of execution excellence in both Retail/ FMCG and a range of Private Equity Businesses. Currently advising and delivering digital transformations for KKR.

Darrell has experience of delivering accelerated solutions across a number of private equity industries such as the rapid carve out of business units, significant cost efficiencies, development of third party agreements and driving digital sales growth. A highly pragmatic hands-on CIO, recognised for mentoring talent as demonstrated by 9 current CIO’s having worked directly for him. An active member of the technology community, advising both established and start-up enterprises.

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2019 Attendees included

Actis
Advent International
Altor Equity Partners
Ambienta Capital
Antin IAntin IPP
APAX Partners
APS Advisory
August Equity
AustralianSuper
Avedon Capital Partners
Babble
Bain Capital
Blue Wolf Capital Partners
Brainlabs
Cairngorm Capital
Capvis
Carlyle Investment Management
Cinven
Clarivate Analytics
Deutsche Private Equity
Development Partners International
EastWind IS
Egeria
Ekuinas
EQT Partners
Eurazeo
Freshstream
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories
ghSMART
Gilde Buy Out Partners
Global Payments
Graphite Capital
Helios Investment Partners
HG Capital
HGGC
HIG Capital
I Squared Capital
iCON Infrastructure
Intermediate Capital Group
Kimberly-Clark
KKR
KKR Capstone
Livingbridge
Macquarie Group
Marlin Equity Partners
Mayfair Equity Partners
Mid Europa Partners
Miura Private Equity
Montagu Private Equity
Oakley Capital
OMERS Infrastructure Europe
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Palatine Private Equity
Partners Group
PSP Investments
RHR International
Riverside Europe
Sabio
Sahel Capital
Slater and Gordon
SVPGlobal
The Carlyle Group
Triton
Vitruvian Partners
Whitehelm Capital
Willis Towers Watson
Wipro

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Testimonials from 2019

David Bryan

Managing Partner & CEO, BM&T

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

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Benjamin Bach

Partner, E2T Capital

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

Charlotte Gregson

Comatch, Managing Director UK

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

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For more information on speaking opportunities in 2020 please contact Charles Gould at charles.g@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 203 879 3893.

 

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Hazem Abolrous

Managing Director, Crosslake

Hazem has 26 years of experience in the software industry and business. A strategist and creator of original ideas, programs and products. A serial entrepreneur with multiple successful ventures and exists under his belt. 18 years tenure at Microsoft… Read full bio

Diane Albano

Chief Revenue Officer, Globalization Partners

Diane Albano has led high-performance sales teams for more than three decades, and is recognized for her strategic expertise in managing complex sales and services organizations. She has extensive international experience establishing and growing glo… Read full bio

Alejandro Alcalde Rasch

Senior Director - Portfolio Support, APS Advisory

Alejandro Alcalde Rasch joined Advent in 2010 in order to help improve portfolio company performance. Prior to joining, he was the Chief Transformation Officer and Head of Supply Chain of Grohe AG, a TPG and CSFB portfolio company, for five years. Pr… Read full bio

Aswatha Amarnath

Senior Vice President, Wipro

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

Luke Anderson

Head of EMEA Private Equity , SAP

Luke Anderson runs the Private Equity function in EMEA reporting to SAP’s Global Leadership team. His remit is to build and manage relationships with Private Equity Funds and other active investors to ensure that SAP is aligning with them when workin… Read full bio

Graeme Ardus

Head of ESG, Triton Partners

Graeme Ardus joined Triton in May 2013 as Head of Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance (ESG). Graeme previously held industrial roles as a Global Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE) and Sustainability at Amcor,… Read full bio

James Bagan

Operating Partner, Frog Capital

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

Matt Baird

Managing Director, OMERS Private Equity

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

James Berkeley

Managing Director, Ellice Consulting

James Berkeley is Managing Director of Ellice Consulting Limited. He helps financial sponsors and portfolio company management achieve unprecedented levels of profitable growth and expansion. His value creation expertise continues to be applied to an… Read full bio

Alain Beyens

Operating Partner, Mid Europa Partners

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

Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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

Frazer Blyth

Director – Marketing & Communications, Blue Water Energy

Frazer started working with Blue Water Energy as a consultant soon after it was founded in 2011 before moving to a permanent role in 2017. Since 2011 Frazer has shaped the marketing of Blue Water Energy through its fundraising activities as well as i… Read full bio

Maria Carradice

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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

Conor Boden

Advisor, Advent International

Conor served as the Head of Portfolio Board Development at Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity firms, from December 2007 to June 2019. As such, he was responsible for managing a network of leading chair… Read full bio

Kishan Chotai

Director, August Equity

Kishan joined August Equity in 2017 and is a Director in the team who focuses on new investments in Healthcare services. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working in their Transaction Services and Corporate Finance t… Read full bio

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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

Catherine Cutts

Head of Data Science, TA Associates

Catherine leads TA’s Data Science and Advanced Analytics function, focusing on driving value in TA’s investments through the strategic application of Machine Learning techniques. Catherine started her career as a Strategy Consultant and has a PhD in… Read full bio

Maddy Cross

Talent Director, Notion Capital

Maddy is Talent Director at Notion, a VC fund that focuses on early stage B2B SaaS businesses founded in Europe, where she helps Founders with organisational structure, hiring best practice and compensation advisory. Maddy started her career as a Gro… Read full bio

Andrea Davis

Managing Director-Private Equity, Investcorp

Andrea Davis joined Investcorp in 2014 from TDX, where she held the position of CFO. Prior to that, Andrea spent nine year at Fellowes, a privately owned US company manufacturing and marketing business machines, technology accessories and records sto… Read full bio

Ellen de Kreij

Operating Advisor - Sustainability, Apax Partners

Ellen de Kreij is responsible for the implementation of the Apax Partners Sustainability Programme and is a member of the Apax Operational Excellence team. Ellen joined Apax Partners in 2002 as Director of Deal Generation and became a Director in the… Read full bio

Antonin de Margerie

Portfolio Performance Managing Director, Eurazeo

Antonin de Margerie joins Eurazeo as Portfolio Performance Managing Director within the Capital Team. Prior to joining, Antonin was Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management based in London working for 5 years within its European Private Equity… Read full bio

Severine de Wulf

Principal, PAI Partners

Séverine joined PAI in 2019 as a member of the Portfolio Performance Group with a specific focus on talent, leadership and culture. She has over 12 years of experience in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting helping leaders make the right decis… Read full bio

Kate Donaldson

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Kate Donaldson is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in London. Ms. Donaldson brings more than 25 years of professional experience driving profitable top-line growth for organizations in a wide variety of… Read full bio

Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

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

Bruno Fritsch

Managing Director – Operating Partner, Wendel Group

Wendel is a listed European family-anchored investment holding active in mid- to large-cap private equity with permanent capital. Bruno Fritsch joined the group in Paris in 2007 and was subsequently based in Singapore from 2013 to 2019 until relocati… Read full bio

Miles Graham

Operating Partner, Metro AG

Miles Graham is an Operating Partner and Operating Board member at METRO AG. Miles has spent over 20 years in Private Equity and Venture Capital. He started his career as a British Diplomat, before becoming CEO of VC-backed businesses, leading two ex… 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

Jane Grewar

Operating Partner, Limerston Capital

Jane is an Operating Partner at Limerston Capital, working with portfolio companies to drive commercial improvement in the healthcare and consumer sectors. Previously, Jane was at McKinsey where she worked across the Pharma, Health and Consumer secto… Read full bio

Paul Harragan

Director - UK&I TAS Operational Transaction Services - Cybersecurity, EY

Paul is a Director in EY’s Transactions Strategy & Operations team specialising in Information Security, Cyber Defence and IT transformation. Paul advises both private equity and corporates on cybersecurity strategy, risk and transformation acros… Read full bio

Pascal Heer

Portfolio Team, Capvis

Pascal joined Capvis in 2018. Previously, Pascal worked at A.T. Kearny AG, Zürich with a focus on Operations and at BrainNet Supply Management Consultants AG, St. Gallen. Pascal holds a Dipl. Phys. ETH, Zurich.

Joost Heeremans

Director and Program Manager PEP, Gilde Buy Out Partners

Director and Program Manager PEP (joined Gilde in 2017) Joost Heeremans (38, Dutch) joined Gilde in 2017 and is based in the Utrecht office. Joost is responsible for Gilde's Portfolio Enhancement Program (PEP) through which he is actively involved in… Read full bio

Fredrik Henzler

Partner - Head Industry Value Creation and Head Industrials, Partners Group

Fredrik Henzler is Head of the Industry Value Creation business department and Head of the Industrials Industry Value Creation business unit, based in Zug. He is a member of the Global Executive Board, the Global Investment Committee, the Private Equ… Read full bio

Rob Hornby

Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer, Alix Partners

Rob leads clients through digital transformation by combining consulting and executive experience to achieve strategic goals that can be measured. He operates in complex and high-pressure environments and is known for building and sustaining teams th… Read full bio

Pia Irell

Partner, Trill Impact

Pia Irell, Impact Partner at Trill Impact Advisory AB Pia has more than 14 years of experience in the Private Equity industry, of which eight years at Altor Equity Partners and six years as a member of Gambro’s global leadership team, at that time a… Read full bio

Caimin Jones

Operating Executive, Silver Lake

Caimin Jones joined Silver Lake in 2011 and is an Operating Partner. He has over 20 years of experience in both operational and advisory roles across multiple geographies and sectors. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Jones was a Director in Alvarez & Ma… Read full bio

Steve Jones

Growth Acceleration Team, Livingbridge

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

Dave Kirby

Partner, Livingbridge

Dave leads the Growth Acceleration team at Livingbridge, partnering with both management and investor teams to support strategic decision making around customer acquisition and retention. Whether identifying attractive customer segments, refining a p… Read full bio

Nigel Lee

Operating Partner, Apis Partners

Nigel has a passion for solving problems. Over the last 20 years he has focused on shaping the landscape of Financial Services, FinTech, payments and digital commerce as a senior executive with some of the largest multi-nationals in the industry. Alw… Read full bio

Lorenzo Levi

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ Direct Private Equity

Lorenzo Levi has been Managing Director and Operating Partner, Private Equity for Europe since January 2019. In this role, he oversees the direct private equity investment portfolio in the region. Based in London, he is also responsible for conductin… Read full bio

Neil Lloyd

CEO, Dental Partners

Neil is highly experienced at leading businesses through major change and rapid profit growth, having held previously held senior roles including CEO of Yodel, CEO of NHS Professionals, CEO of Netstore and Finance Director of Ottakars. He has also se… Read full bio

Jérôme Losson

Partner, Head of Operations Team - BC Partners

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

James Magor

Responsible Investment Manager, Actis

James joined Actis’ Responsible Investment team in January 2016, where he works with portfolio companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects to enhance value.James has over 14 years of experience in responsible investment, primarily… Read full bio

Justin Maltz

Partner, Mobeus Equity Partners

Justin brings over 20 years’ experience of supporting private, growing businesses to his role leading the management of the Mobeus Buyout portfolio. He has been working with Mobeus’s management teams since 2016 to help them achieve their ambitions fo… Read full bio

James Markham

Partner, Portfolio Management - Graphite Capital

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

Alex Mathers

Assistant Director – Digital Team, Inflexion

Alex is an Assistant Director in the digital team and is responsible for helping our portfolio businesses and investment teams get the most out of digital, across topics ranging from technology to marketing to data science to the internet of things.… Read full bio

Pamela McGill

Director, Head of Private Equity (EMEA) - YSC

Pamela focusses on helping Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies to drive value through effective leadership. Her work encompasses C-suite assessment, transition coaching and executive team development. Pamela has worked one-to-one with… Read full bio

Sara McMunn

Operating Partner, Keen Venture Partners

I joined Keen Venture Partners in 2018 as Operating Partner from Octopus Investments where I was Head of VCT Finance. Previously, I worked on listed venture capital trusts and in private equity at Albion Capital for three years where I was a Finance… Read full bio

Marc Metzner

Vice President, Alexander Group

Marc Metzner is a vice president in the Stamford office. He has over 20 years of experience working across media, software/SaaS, medical products, business services and manufacturing to improve sales and marketing strategy and effectiveness. As natio… Read full bio

Jourik Migom

SVP Strategy Acceleration, ENDAVA

Jourik has 20 years of experience in Research, Marketing and Digital Strategy & Transformation. In his current role as SVP of Stategy Acceleration at Endava, he manages a global team of Strategists who focus on Product, Data and Technology. Jouri… Read full bio

Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director, Strategic Value Partners

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

Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

Karen O’Mahony is the Founder and Managing Director of PEAL Investment Partners Ltd. Established in 2014, PEAL is an all-female private equity firm that targets portfolios of direct investments via the secondary market. PEAL focuses on actively monit… Read full bio

Andros Payne

Managing Partner and Founder, Humatica

Andros Payne is the Managing Partner of Humatica. He has led high-impact business strategy, restructuring and operational improvement projects in over 60 companies, in more than 30 industries and 15 countries over the past 20 years. Andros works with… Read full bio

Gabriele Questa

Director, KKR Capstone

Gabriele Questa joined KKR Capstone in 2018. At KKR Capstone, Mr. Questa leads value creation efforts for KKR’s Special Situations and Credit funds in Europe. He was previously a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal in London where he led large-… Read full bio

Duncan Ramsay

Investment Director, ECI Partners

Duncan Ramsay is a member of the ECI Commercial Team. Duncan’s focus is on both assessing potential investments, as well as working with the portfolio to drive incremental growth. He has a tech and data focus leveraging his prior growth strategy and… Read full bio

Paul Reading

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

Paul joined Mayfair Equity Partners in 2019. He works with portfolio companies across the transaction lifecycle to identify, quantify and unlock portfolio performance improvement opportunities. Prior to Mayfair, Paul was a partner at EY, leading the… Read full bio

Richard Riboe

Director, Nordic Capital

Joined Nordic Capital Advisors in August 2015. Richard focuses on investments within Healthcare and Financial Services and was part of the AniCura investment advisory team. He is also a board member of MFEX, an independent fund distributor. From 2013… Read full bio

Chris Rixon

Director, Portfolio Growth - Horizon Capital

I work with our portfolio companies’ leadership teams to transform and professionalise commercial strategy and execution. I focus on three key outcomes: predictable pipeline generation, sales excellence and maximizing customer lifetime value. Prior t… Read full bio

Alan Roux

Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

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

Immo Rupf

Partner, Operations, Cinven

Immo Rupf is a Partner at Cinven and co-leader of its global Portfolio Team. His core focus is on Value Creation Roadmaps and Buy-and-Build support for Cinven’s portfolio companies. Specifically for Cinven’s Fund 5 and 6, Immo has closely worked with… Read full bio

Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners SAS

Grégory Salinger joined Apax Partners in 2017 as Chief Digital Officer. He works with the leadership teams of the portfolio companies to help them accelerate the value creation and transformation of their companies related to digital and tech. Gregor… Read full bio

Matthias Sander

Managing Director, BC Partners

Matthias is an Operating Partner at BC Partners in London. He works with portfolio companies on driving value creation, with a focus on commercial effectiveness and cost excellence, and is actively contributing to making new investments. Among others… Read full bio

Stefano Santarelli

Director, Private Capital - OTPP

Stefano Santarelli joined Ontario Teachers' Portfolio Management team in 2015. He looks after Private Capital's European portfolio performance, focusing on Value Creation, Talent and Governance. He also leads Innovation & Digital globally across Onta… Read full bio

Fash Sawyerr

Managing Director, Anchorage Capital

Fash joined Anchorage Capital in 2019 from Actis to work exclusively in growth economies, inspired by their potential and his wish to contribute to their healthy development. He studied Chemical Engineering at Princeton University and started his car… Read full bio

Abhinav Saxena

Senior Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

Abhinav Saxena is a Senior Business Development Manager for Private Equity in EMEA at Amazon Web Services and is based in London. In this role he supports PE firms in increasing the value of their portfolio through a thoughtful combination of access… Read full bio

Moti Shahani

Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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

Rob Southern

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Rob Southern is a Managing Director in A&M's European private equity performance improvement practice. He brings over 20 years of experience working with management teams to drive performance improvement, often in private equity-backed situations. Hi… Read full bio

Darrell Stein

Director and Operations Advisor to Private Equity Funds (KKR), HBF Solutions

A globally experienced CIO with an impressive track record of execution excellence across PE Businesses. Darrell has experience of delivering accelerated solutions across a number of private equity industries such as the rapid carve out of business u… Read full bio

Lisa Stone

Independent Chairperson

Lisa joined Mercury Private Equity in 1999, shortly before the creation of HgCapital, of which she was a founding partner. Over a career at HgCapital spanning 19 years, the firm grew AUM to €10bn with over 120 people. During this period, Lisa establi… Read full bio

Tim Stubbs

Senior Managing Director, Sun European Partners

Tim Stubbs, Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee member, joined Sun European Partners* in 2011. Prior to joining Sun European Partners*, Mr. Stubbs was President and CEO of the Sapa group in Stockholm, a $5B global aluminium products busi… Read full bio

Jean-Philippe Syed

Principal, Development Partners International

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

Lisa Telford

Portfolio Talent Director, Montagu Full Potential Partners

Lisa Telford joined Montagu Full Potential Partners in February 2017. Previously, she spent over twenty years in commercial and general management roles at Lucent Technologies, Warner Brothers and Canal Plus followed by four years in executive search… Read full bio

Franck Temam

Portfolio Performance Group - PAI Partners

Franck Temam joined PAI Partners in 2011 in the Portfolio Performance Group. He has been involved in more than 15 portfolio companies in Industrial, Healthcare and Consumer Goods – more recently ADBSafegate, Ethypharm and Albea. After 7 years in line… Read full bio

Susanne Vanner

Partner - Operational Transaction Services, EY

Susanne is a Partner in the Operational Transaction Services (OTS) practice of EY and has more than 17 years’ industry experience in transformational change and integrations in global organisations. Susanne specialises in Customer functions e.g. Sale… Read full bio

Paul Vega

Managing Director, Cinven

Paul Vega is a member of the Portfolio team, based in the London office. Paul joined Cinven following six years with Amcor Group in Zurich, where he held several executive roles, most recently as Vice President of the Healthcare business in EMEA. He… Read full bio

Mark Veldon

Managing Director, AlixPartners

Mark works extensively in private equity (PE), guiding companies through mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A) transactions and operational transformations. He has two decades of experience in advising PE and corporate clients in due diligence, postmerg… Read full bio

Stijn Vos

CEO, ESDEC

Stijn Vos, chief executive officer of Esdec Solar Group, on this: "The mounting system only makes up 10 percent of a complete installation, nevertheless it must carry everything for 20 years". We continue to focus on product development, with the aim… Read full bio

Willem Vunderink

Founding Partner, Vunderink De Vries

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

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is the International Head of Private Equity at Salesforce. Sarah’s team partners with Private Equity firms to digitally accelerate value creation in their portfolio companies – growing revenues and connecting portfolio companies to their… Read full bio

Victoria Wood

Operating Partner, Limerston Capital

Victoria is an Operating Partner at Limertson Capital where she supports portfolio companies and their management teams drive operational improvements in the healthcare, consumer and niche manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Limerston, Victoria w… Read full bio

Claudia Zeisberger

Senior Affiliate Professor, INSEAD

Claudia Zeisberger is an Author and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD; she is the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI). Before joining INSEAD in 2005, she spent 16 years in global in… Read full bio
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Day 1 - Monday 5th

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 1
08:30 - 08:45

Chairperson’s welcome

Lisa Stone
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Lisa Stone

Independent Chairperson

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08:45 - 09:15

The evolution of value creation and changes to the structure of portfolio groups

Susanne Vanner, Maria Carradice, Jérôme Losson, Alan Roux, Immo Rupf
  • What roles exist on your operations team? How has this changed in recent years?
  • Getting the most out of service providers whilst controlling expenditure
  • How to quantify operating partner performance: KPIs and metrics used by firms
  • What is the role of the portfolio team pre deal vs. post-deal?
  • Predictions for trends in the next 10 years for more specialist roles and closeness to the investment team

Moderator: Susanne Vanner, Director – Operational Transaction Services, EY

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Susanne Vanner

Partner - Operational Transaction Services, EY

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Maria Carradice

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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Jérôme Losson

Partner, Head of Operations Team - BC Partners

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Alan Roux

Operating Partner, CVC Capital Partners

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Immo Rupf

Partner, Operations, Cinven

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09:15 - 10:00

Operating partner assessments of the commercial organisation during diligence

Jim Corey, Caimin Jones, Lorenzo Levi
  • To what extent are operating partners being asked to examine top-line revenue issues during diligence?
  • What issues are operating partners being asked to analyse? Pricing, sales productivity, lead generation capabilities, go-to-market model, etc.
  • In what circumstances are operating partners most likely to make a difference?
  • Knowing what to look for: Spotting risks and opportunities
  • Techniques for being most effective during diligence

Facilitator: Jim Corey, Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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Caimin Jones

Operating Executive, Silver Lake

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Lorenzo Levi

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ Direct Private Equity

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10:00 - 10:30

Preparing for a downturn – what to do from a PE operations improvement standpoint

Rob Southern, Tony O'Carroll, Alejandro Alcalde Rasch, Fredrik Henzler
  • How should PE backed businesses and their private equity owners be prepared for downturns?
  • Which sectors are particularly susceptible to a change in economic environment and sectoral shifts?
  • What should management teams and sponsors of businesses be prioritising when it comes to readying themselves for tough times?
  • Tips for companies re-evaluating their business models/shutting down certain activities/scenario analysis

Moderator: Rob Southern, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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Rob Southern

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

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Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director, Strategic Value Partners

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Alejandro Alcalde Rasch

Senior Director - Portfolio Support, APS Advisory

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Fredrik Henzler

Partner - Head Industry Value Creation and Head Industrials, Partners Group

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10:30 - 10:50

Fireside chat: Using Technology to accelerate value creation in the first 100 days and beyond

Aswatha Amarnath, Darrell Stein
  • How can technology help private equity realise profitable exits sooner?
  • Making a concrete action plan in the first 100 days
  • Focusing on large scale cost take out in your portfolio companies by driving operational efficiencies and intelligent automation
  • Looking for new revenue streams and sales growth through business process reimagination and digital transformation
  • Case studies on PE Firms leveraging technology from due diligence to cost-effective exit

A. Amarnath, Senior Vice President, Wipro

In conversation with
Darrell Stein, Director & Operations Advisor to Private Equity Funds (KKR), HBF Solutions 

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Aswatha Amarnath

Senior Vice President, Wipro

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Darrell Stein

Director and Operations Advisor to Private Equity Funds (KKR), HBF Solutions

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10:50 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 1
11:30 - 12:00

What born-digital culture can tell us about transforming traditional companies

Rob Hornby
  • Aligning culture with digital transformation
  • What can we learn from some of the mistakes of large born-digital companies?
  • Practical advice for making transformational changes

Rob Hornby, Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer, London, AlixPartners

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Rob Hornby

Managing Director & Chief Digital Officer, Alix Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

The future of work: automation to accelerate value creation

  • How are you thinking about opportunities around automation?
  • Doing automation right: utilizing automation technologies to accelerate value creation
  • How to prioritize and align business and technology priorities
  • Enabling scale & improving profitability
  • Transforming the cost base and accelerating margin expansion
12:30 - 13:00

Pricing case study: Building out pricing capabilities in your portfolio

Mark Billige
  • Identifying pricing value in your portfolio early on
  • Capturing pricing upside and other profitable growth opportunities within portfolio companies
  • Case studies in strategic pricing projects and other topline initiatives
  • Integrating data to inform pricing decisions
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Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Stream A
14:00 - 14:35

Managing culture & strategy to ensure an engaged and incentivised workforce

Maddy Cross, Justin Maltz, Joy McCormack, Lisa Telford
  • Defining corporate culture
  • How should PE houses address company culture from the outset?
  • How to help CEOs and management teams engineer culture
  • What cultural behaviours drive value growth?
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Maddy Cross

Talent Director, Notion Capital

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Justin Maltz

Partner, Mobeus Equity Partners

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Joy McCormack

Director, Board Development, Private Equity - 3i

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Lisa Telford

Portfolio Talent Director, Montagu Full Potential Partners

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14:35 - 15:10

Working with management to implement rapid EBITDA improvement

Hazem Abolrous , Nigel Lee, Gabriele Questa, Fash Sawyerr
  • Developing a roadmap with EBITDA in mind from day one
  • Managing value creation through the board
  • What are the top 10 quick wins on a typical investment?

Moderator: Hazem Abolrous, Managing Director, Crosslake

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Hazem Abolrous

Managing Director, Crosslake

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Nigel Lee

Operating Partner, Apis Partners

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Gabriele Questa

Director, KKR Capstone

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Fash Sawyerr

Managing Director, Anchorage Capital

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15:10 - 15:45

Assessing effectiveness of management teams

Pamela McGill, Conor Boden, Paul Reading, Severine de Wulf
  • Defining success in different operating environments
  • Factors to consider when evaluating management
  • Knowing when its time to make changes vs. working with management teams

Moderator:  Pamela McGill, Director, Head of Private Equity (EMEA), YSC

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Pamela McGill

Director, Head of Private Equity (EMEA) - YSC

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Conor Boden

Advisor, Advent International

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Paul Reading

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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Severine de Wulf

Principal, PAI Partners

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15:45 - 16:20

How long-term investors are working with private equity on more deals

James Berkeley, Bruno Fritsch, Lorenzo Levi, Claudia Zeisberger
  • Aligning objectives with long-term investors
  • How do operating teams work together when both investors have in-house value creation experts?
  • Case studies of successful partnerships where challenges have been overcome
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James Berkeley

Managing Director, Ellice Consulting

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Bruno Fritsch

Managing Director – Operating Partner, Wendel Group

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Lorenzo Levi

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ Direct Private Equity

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Claudia Zeisberger

Senior Affiliate Professor, INSEAD

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Stream B
14:00 - 14:35

Managing cybersecurity and data privacy

Paul Harragan
  • Identifying data privacy risks during the due diligence process
  • How to spot and address red flags during an investment
  • Identifying third party risks from external providers
  • How are new regulations impacting private equity?

Moderator: Paul Harragan, Director – UK&I TAS Operational Transaction Services – Cybersecurity, EY

 

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Paul Harragan

Director - UK&I TAS Operational Transaction Services - Cybersecurity, EY

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14:35 - 15:10

Case study: Tech execution to enable the value creation plan from day one

Jourik Migom
  • Creating feedback loops between business and tech strategy
  • Rapid prototyping for getting technology selection right and accelerating program outcomes
  • Learnings from successful investments and challenges overcome
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Jourik Migom

SVP Strategy Acceleration, ENDAVA

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15:10 - 15:45

How can cloud accelerate speed pre and post transaction?

Abhinav Saxena, Chris Goodall, Alex Mathers
  • How is cloud an enabler to transactions?
  • How to use cloud in due diligence
  • How are we seeing tech used within value creation?
  • Upgrading other tech systems

Moderator: Abhinav Saxena, Senior Business Development Manager – Private Equity EMEA, AWS

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Abhinav Saxena

Senior Business Development Manager, Amazon Web Services

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Chris Goodall

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

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Alex Mathers

Assistant Director – Digital Team, Inflexion

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15:45 - 16:20

Using data science & tech to drive and monitor value creation strategy

Catherine Cutts, Sara McMunn
  • Applying KPIs to measure operational performance
  • How are UK mid-market funds using date within their portfolio?
  • Having in-house data scientists vs. using external consultants
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Catherine Cutts

Head of Data Science, TA Associates

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Sara McMunn

Operating Partner, Keen Venture Partners

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Stream C
14:00 - 14:35

Working with sales teams to drive sales force effectiveness

Moti Shahani, Matthias Sander, Paul Vega
  • Making judgements on the capability of the sales team
  • Utilising sales ops to improve performance of sales teams
  • Optimising the sales engine, improving digital sales whilst keeping traditional sales teams onside

Moderator: Moti Shahani, Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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Moti Shahani

Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners

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Matthias Sander

Managing Director, BC Partners

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Paul Vega

Managing Director, Cinven

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14:35 - 15:10

How is digital transformation changing buyer journeys?

Marc Metzner, James Bagan, Dave Kirby, Duncan Ramsay
  • Understanding how customer experience is evolving and aligning the approach to sales and marketing
  • Considering how things are developing in different industries
  • Case study:  Using data to inform digitally-enabled outreach

Moderator:Marc Metzner, Vice President, Alexander Group

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Marc Metzner

Vice President, Alexander Group

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James Bagan

Operating Partner, Frog Capital

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Dave Kirby

Partner, Livingbridge

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Duncan Ramsay

Investment Director, ECI Partners

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15:10 - 15:45

How could a consistent portfolio company transformation philosophy & toolkit accelerate returns?

Sarah Walker
  • Designing a scalable portfolio company transformation philosophy
  • Developing a digital toolkit applicable across portcos to accelerate time to value
  • Facilitating efficiency for the operating partner with a unified portfolio-scale approach
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Sarah Walker

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15:45 - 16:20

Leveraging scale to drive procurement savings across a portfolio

Pascal Heer
  • How digital transformation is reshaping procurement
  • Releasing untapped value from third party spend
  • Procurement transformations in the first 100 days
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Pascal Heer

Portfolio Team, Capvis

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16:20 - 16:45

Coffee & networking

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 1
16:45 - 17:15

Strategic implementation of digital transformations throughout the lifecycle

Luke Anderson, Gregory Salinger, Stefano Santarelli, Maria Carradice
  • Looking at specific ways operating partners are harnessing better digital strategies to drive returns
  • Covering the four phases: due diligence, 100 days, hold, exit
  • Understanding how operating partner teams get started when it comes to digital
  • How do you diagnose digital opportunities & analytic capabilities and drive change across your portfolio?
  • What are the implications for each stage of the investment?

Moderator: Luke Anderson, Head of EMEA Private Equity, SAP

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Luke Anderson

Head of EMEA Private Equity , SAP

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Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners SAS

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Stefano Santarelli

Director, Private Capital - OTPP

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Maria Carradice

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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17:15 - 17:45

Ask the experts: Panel of key speakers from the day audience Q&A

Diane Albano, Conor Boden, Gabriele Questa

Leading speakers from the earlier sessions come together to explore the key questions that have arisen during the day.

Moderator: Diane Albano, Chief Revenue Officer, Globalization Partners

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Diane Albano

Chief Revenue Officer, Globalization Partners

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Conor Boden

Advisor, Advent International

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Gabriele Questa

Director, KKR Capstone

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17:45 - 17:45

Close of conference

Agenda

Day 2 - Tuesday 6th

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 2
07:50 - 09:15

Invitation-only Think Tank for Operating Partners

Miles Graham, Tony O'Carroll

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

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Miles Graham

Operating Partner, Metro AG

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Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director, Strategic Value Partners

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Stream A
09:15 - 09:50

August Equity & Dental Partners: A value- creation story told by the participants

Kishan Chotai, Neil Lloyd
  • Background to the investment
  • Opportunities created by buy and build
  • Next steps and plans for exit
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Kishan Chotai

Director, August Equity

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Neil Lloyd

CEO, Dental Partners

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09:50 - 10:25

Managing board effectiveness: Making boards a value creation driver

Karen O'Mahony
  • Getting value from your chair, what is their role in board meetings
  • How do the best boards plan their time to ensure they add value
  • Quantifying the value of a good board
  • Real life case studies of where bad boards have led to corporate failures, what could have been done to prevent issues
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Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

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10:25 - 11:00

Managing the CFO-CEO relationship at portfolio companies

Willem Vunderink, Matt Baird, Steven Dunne, Victoria Wood
  • Getting senior management aligned with the value creation plan
  • How can PE best support CEOs and CFOs?
  • How should CFOs work with the board and CEOs on the growth strategy?
  • Working with a CFO when having issues with a CEO

Moderator: Willem Vunderink, Founding Partner, Vunderink De Vries

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Willem Vunderink

Founding Partner, Vunderink De Vries

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Matt Baird

Managing Director, OMERS Private Equity

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Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

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Victoria Wood

Operating Partner, Limerston Capital

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Stream B
09:15 - 09:50

Maximising returns spent on marketing during a limited hold period

Frazer Blyth, Jane Grewar, Chris Rixon
  • Proving the value of spend on marketing at portfolio companies
  • Deciding when and how much to invest in marketing
  • Where to spend on marketing, digital and PPC vs. more traditional routes
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Frazer Blyth

Director – Marketing & Communications, Blue Water Energy

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Jane Grewar

Operating Partner, Limerston Capital

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Chris Rixon

Director, Portfolio Growth - Horizon Capital

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09:50 - 10:25

How operating partners can create value within the exit process

Alain Beyens, Andrea Davis, James Markham
  • Deciding the most favourable exit route for a portfolio company
  • What are the key value drivers ahead of exit? How do you identify these?
  • How can sell-side due diligence help to get a deal done?
  • Lessons learned from challenging exits
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Alain Beyens

Operating Partner, Mid Europa Partners

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Andrea Davis

Managing Director-Private Equity, Investcorp

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James Markham

Partner, Portfolio Management - Graphite Capital

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10:25 - 11:00

How embracing ESG & impacts can enhance returns

Graeme Ardus, Pia Irell, Ellen de Kreij, James Magor
  • How reducing consumption and waste can increase EBITDA
  • Highlighting the value of improvement ESG to the next buyers
  • How to turn impact into operational plans at portfolio companies
  • Setting KPIs based around impact and ESG
  • The role of ESG in supporting an exit
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Graeme Ardus

Head of ESG, Triton Partners

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Pia Irell

Partner, Trill Impact

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Ellen de Kreij

Operating Advisor - Sustainability, Apax Partners

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James Magor

Responsible Investment Manager, Actis

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11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & networking

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 2
11:30 - 12:00

Fireside chat: Implementing a new, post-merger operating model with the existing management team

Andros Payne, Stijn Vos, Joost Heeremans

Establishing a new operating model and way of working is an essential step for implementing many value creation plans. In particular, with buy-and-build, major organisational changes are needed to realise synergies. This unique session will highlight a case study of successfully implementing a new international operating model with the existing management of former competitors. It will provide practical insights on engaging and retaining management for a new value growth journey.

Moderator: Andros Payne, Managing Partner and Founder, Humatica

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Andros Payne

Managing Partner and Founder, Humatica

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Stijn Vos

CEO, ESDEC

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Joost Heeremans

Director and Program Manager PEP, Gilde Buy Out Partners

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12:00 - 12:30

Add-on acquisitions: How operators can add value as part of a buy and build strategy

Mark Veldon, Antonin de Margerie, Jean-Philippe Syed, Franck Temam
  • Which sectors are most well suited to this approach to value add?
  • Why technology and digitisation has made buy-and-builds more attractive
  • How to think about a company’s cash flow when they’ve had multiple mid-year acquisitions
  • Executing value creation strategy to ensure new acquisitions are integrated seamlessly
  • Creating a playbook to prepare a company’s process, technology, and people for a merger

Moderator: Mark Veldon, Managing Director, Alix Partners

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Mark Veldon

Managing Director, AlixPartners

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Antonin de Margerie

Portfolio Performance Managing Director, Eurazeo

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Jean-Philippe Syed

Principal, Development Partners International

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Franck Temam

Portfolio Performance Group, PAI Partners

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12:30 - 13:00

Deal Mechanic case studies: Operational excellence stories explained by the participants

Richard Riboe, Tim Stubbs
  • Nordic Capital: AniCura
    Richard Riboe, Director, Nordic Capital
  • Sun European Partners: ELIX Polymers
    Tim Stubbs, Senior Managing Director, Sun European Partners
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Richard Riboe

Director, Nordic Capital

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Tim Stubbs

Senior Managing Director, Sun European Partners

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13:00 - 14:00

Themed networking working lunch followed by close of conference

Tables discussing a variety of topics over lunch led by an expert moderator

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The Operating Partners Forum: Europe offers a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile as part of the premier meeting for Private Equity professionals focused on value creation.

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities in 2020 please fill in the enquiry form or contact Christopher Wagland at chris.w@peimedia.com or call +44 (0) 207 566 5475.

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Our networking app has been designed to make sure you get the most out of your time at the Forum. Available prior to the event, make sure you download the app to:

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The only European event bringing together more than 170 experts in value creation at private equity firms together with the surrounding industry.

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Join your peers during drinks receptions, breakfasts and lunches to connect with potential partners in a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Structured networking sessions will be held during conference breaks to allow you to identify attendees with similar interests and goals.