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The value creation event for alternative asset classes

Europe’s largest event aimed at driving value within private equity owned companies is going virtual. Bringing together a global audience to share successful strategies and provide practical insight to help you create growth in these challenging times.

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

The event provides extensive opportunities to network virtually. Connect with your peers through one-to-one meetings, group discussions, build relationships and compare value creation best practices.

Experience the Forum on our virtual platform

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

Features include:
» Watch sessions anytime, anywhere
» Schedule 1-to-1 or private group meetings
» On-Demand access for 5 months
» Live Q&A, polling and surveys
» And so much more!

Explore the virtual experience

Essential market insight

Hear from industry leaders including BC Partners, KKR, Silverlake Partners and many more as they share how they are continuing to find growth at their portfolio companies. All content will be recorded and available on-demand.

Global audience for new opportunities

Going virtual means removing the restrictions of international travel. Save time, money and connect with a truly global audience. Bringing new faces, different perspectives and increasing your opportunities to connect.

6 months access to the community

Continue conversations with other attendees and access the discussion forums 5 months after the event. The platform will be open 4 weeks before the event so you can set up your meetings ahead of time and 5 months after to continue making connections.

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

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

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.

Connect with value creation professionals from

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

Speakers include

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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

Experience the Forum on our virtual platform

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

Features include:
» Watch sessions anytime, anywhere
» Schedule 1-to-1 or private group meetings
» On-Demand access for 5 months
» Live Q&A, polling and surveys
» And so much more!

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

Essential market insight

Hear from industry leaders including; BC Partners, CVC Capital, KKR and many more how they are continuing to find growth at their portfolio companies. All content will be recorded and available on-demand.

 Global audience for new opportunities

Going virtual means removing the restrictions of international travel. Save time, money and connect with a truly global audience. Bringing new faces, different perspectives and increasing your opportunities to connect.

 6 months access to the community

Continue conversations with other attendees and access the discussion forums 5 months after the event. The platform will be open 4 weeks before the event to allow you to arrange meetings during the event and 5 months after to allow you continue making connections.

Discover new value creation strategies

Discover how your peers are responding to the impact of the pandemic and explore new strategies for creating growth in a downturn.

Access 16 hours of interactive content from 80 speakers across the two days. Watch keynote interviews, panel discussions, debates and much more.

With the online platform you can:

  • Create your own daily agenda so you don’t miss a meeting or a key session
  • Take part in the sessions through speaker Q&A and live polling
  • Watch any sessions you missed at a later date. All sessions will be available on-demand for 5 months

Catch up with old colleagues and make new connections

Connect with your peers through video meetings, forum discussions and private messaging.

The Forum’s virtual experience provides you with 6 months access to the platform and the operating partner community.

Through the platform you can:

  • Filter and search the delegate list to find the people you want to meet
  • Arrange video meetings with other attendees for a private meeting to business opportunities and get deals done
  • Take part in forum discussions with other attendees with similar interests to get answers to your most pressing questions and share ideas on key topics

Explore the sponsor exhibition

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

Through the platform you can:

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

Connect with value creation professionals

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

Find the people you want to meet

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

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

 

Arrange 1-2-1 video meetings

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

Identify other attendees with the same interests

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

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

6 months access to the community

You will have 6 months of access to the platform. Login 4 weeks before the event to build your agenda and arrange meetings with the people you want to meet during the event.

The messaging and forums, as well as access to recordings of all sessions will be available 5 months after the event.

All timings are listed in BST/UTC+1

With the online platform you can:

  • Create your own daily agenda so you don’t miss a meeting or a key session
  • Take part in the sessions through speaker Q&A and live polling
  • Watch any sessions you missed at a later date. All sessions will be available on-demand for 5 months

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

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
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Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 5th

Pre-event networking sessions
15:00 - 15:15

Pathable Tutorial

Before the start of the event, this session will help to give you a brief overview of the Pathable platform to ensure you are comfortable with its use. The session will be interactive so you will have an opportunity to ask us questions on anything you are not sure about when it comes to the technical side of things.

15:15 - 17:30

Pre-conference Workshops and Networking

Srinivasaa HG, Trupti Mukker, Mark Billige, Gary Hoover

In these interactive roundtables you will be placed in a zoom-style call to discuss the relevant topic with other industry members. The sessions will be hosted by a virtual workshop leader and one-two speakers, they will help kick off the discussion and then it will turn into a more free-flowing discussion with other participants.

Please be prepared to contribute with questions and input on how you are engaging with topics under discussion.

 

3:15-4:00
Workshop:
Digital value creation to drive profitable exits sooner
The past few years have increasingly seen digital become a core part of private equity growth strategy. Digital transformation is a proven way to drive tangible value quickly. Join this session to hear examples of PE portfolio companies and large organisations that leveraged Digital transformation to (a) reimagine their business to generate additional revenue channels and stay ahead of the curve (b) bring in process efficiencies and operational excellence, resulting in large scale cost takeout. This interactive workshop will provide practical takeaways to help with transforming portfolio businesses. Worth reading Wipro’s whitepaper on The New Private Equity: Creating Value Quickly and Reliably Through Digital Transformation ahead of the session.
Srinivasaa HG, VP & EMEA Head, Wipro Digital
Trupti Mukker, VP & Global Head of FS Digital Operations, Wipro

 

 4:00-4:30
Workshop:
How to successfully transition to subscriptions / recurring revenue models
Have your portfolio companies been grappling with how to transition to the subscription economy? Whilst the potential upside in terms of enhanced revenue quality/longevity and multiple expansion are clear, getting it right requires careful optimisation of several interdependent levers. Crafting the right propositions, getting pricing structure and levels right, developing a robust customer phasing/migration strategy and equipping the sales force for success are all crucial. Join our interactive workshop where we will distil years of helping hundreds of companies navigate this journey into the most important lessons learnt and concrete do’s and don’ts for real sustainable success.

Facilitators
Mark Billige
, CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners
James Brown, UK Managing Partner, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Dr. Peter Colman
, UK Sales Excellence Practice Lead, Simon-Kucher & Partners

 

4:30-5:00
Workshop: Don’t Compromise Exit Dates—Dig Deeper, Faster to Accelerate Value Creation Opportunities
PE firms and their PortCos shouldn’t have to adjust their targets or holding periods in response to the global pandemic. Rather, there are opportunities to refigure where the value lies and then adjust strategies for capturing the value accordingly. If the exit date is looming, firms will want to find the best opportunities where high EBITDA impact intersects with the shortest-possible timeframe for value capture. Join this session to learn about a PE firm that was looking to exit within 12-18 months. This $250 million business captured $13 million in savings achievable in 10 months with an estimated EBIDTA impact of 300 to 500 basis points. Discuss different ways to accelerate value creation both on and off the manufacturing floor. Find ways to think differently about what types of projects are possible within the allotted timeframe and accessible resources.

Facilitators
Gary Hoover
, Vice President, Global Private Equity Practice, TBM Consulting Group
John Wynne
, Managing Director, TBM Europe, TBM Consulting Group
John Ferguson
, Vice President, International Operations, TBM Consulting Group

 

5:00-5:30
Speed networking half hour
This unique session will allow delegates to participate in at least 5 private one-on-one meetings.

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Srinivasaa HG

VP and EMEA Head of Wipro Digital, Wipro

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Trupti Mukker

VP and Global Head of FS Digital Operations, Wipro

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Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Gary Hoover

Vice President, Global Private Equity Practice, TBM Consulting Group

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Agenda

Day 2 - Tuesday 6th

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
09:00 - 09:30

Networking breakfast and introduction to tech

09:30 - 09:40

PEI Welcome & Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Lisa Stone
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Lisa Stone

Independent Chairperson

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09:40 - 10:15

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

Susanne Vanner, Maria Carradice, Jérôme Losson, Gabriele Questa

Panel Session

  • How has covid-19 changed the approach to value creation
  • Quantifying operating partner performance: KPIs and metrics used by firms and how they are charging
  • Predictions for trends in the next 10 years for more specialist roles and closeness to the investment team

Moderator: Susanne Vanner, Partner, EY

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Susanne Vanner

Partner - Transaction Strategy & Execution, 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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Gabriele Questa

Director, KKR Capstone

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10:15 - 10:20

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
10:20 - 10:55

Operating partner assessments of the commercial organisation during diligence

Jim Corey, Caimin Jones, Lorenzo Levi

Panel Session

  • 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?
  • 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 Partner, Silver Lake

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Lorenzo Levi

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ Direct Private Equity

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10:55 - 11:00

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
11:00 - 11:20

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
  • Converting fixed costs to variable costs – Monetise and modernise to help improve cash flow during the Covid-19 crisis
  • 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

Amarnath, Senior Vice President, Wipro
In conversation with
Darrell Stein, Director & Operations Advisor to Private Equity Funds (KKR), HBF Solutions Ltd

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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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11:20 - 11:50

Networking Break with 1-2-1 Meetings & 'Meet the Speakers'

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020 - Day 1
11:50 - 12:10

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?
  • Has the Covid-19 pandemic altered or speeded up traditional companies’ digital transformation ambitions?

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

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Rob Hornby

Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer, Alix Partners

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12:10 - 12:15

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
12:15 - 12:35

Pricing: The critical value creation lever

Mark Billige, Simon Gibbs
  • Why pricing is the #1 value creation lever for private equity portfolio companies
  • Unlocking the power of pricing to drive various PE investment theses, including EBITDA enhancement, organic revenue growth, multiple expansion and buy-and-build revenue synergies
  • Perspectives from a pricing specialist as well as a portco Chairman and CEO
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Mark Billige

CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Simon Gibbs

Chairman & CEO, Fortius

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12:35 - 12:40

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
12:40 - 01:10

Strategic implementation of digital transformations throughout the lifecycle

Anish Kundi, Maria Carradice, Gregory Salinger, Stefano Santarelli

Panel Session

  • 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

Moderator:Anish Kundi, Director – Private Equity, SAP

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Anish Kundi

Director – Global Private Equity, SAP

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Maria Carradice

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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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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13:10 - 14:30

Mid-day networking break with 1-2-1 Meetings & 'Meet the Speakers'

Stream A - Interactive Breakout Sessions
14:30 - 15:00

Managing cybersecurity and data privacy

Paul Harragan , Jamie Smith

Moderator: Paul Harragan, Director, Transaction Strategy & Execution, Cybersecurity, EY-Parthenon

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Paul Harragan

Director - Transaction Strategy & Execution - Cybersecurity, EY-Parthenon

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Jamie Smith

Director, International Technology - Eze Castle Integration

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15:05 - 15:35

Working with management to implement rapid EBITDA improvement

Nigel Lee, Paul Reading, Russ Albright

Moderator: Russ Albright, CEO, Crosslake

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Nigel Lee

Operating Partner, Apis Partners

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Paul Reading

Portfolio Director, Mayfair Equity Partners

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Russ Albright

CEO, Crosslake

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15:40 - 16:10

Assessing effectiveness of management teams

Conor Boden, Severine de Wulf, Joy McCormack, Sam Gilpin

Moderator:  Sam Gilpin, Managing Director, YSC

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Conor Boden

Advisor, Advent International

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Severine de Wulf

Managing Director, PAI Partners

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Joy McCormack

Director, Board Development, Private Equity - 3i

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Sam Gilpin

Managing Director, YSC

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Stream B - Interactive Breakout Sessions
14:30 - 15:00

How can cloud accelerate speed pre and post transaction?

Abhinav Saxena, Chris Goodall, Alex Mathers

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

Digital Director – Digital Team, Inflexion

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15:05 - 15:35

How is digital transformation changing buyer journeys?

Marc Metzner, James Bagan, Dave Kirby, Duncan Ramsay

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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15:40 - 16:10

Managing sales teams to drive growth in a more virtualised environment

Moti Shahani, Matthias Sander, Riccardo Basile

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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Riccardo Basile

Principal, Permira

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16:10 - 16:45

Networking Break with 1-2-1 Meetings & 'Meet the Speakers'

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

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

Diane Albano, Conor Boden, Gabriele Questa, Gregory Salinger

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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Gregory Salinger

Chief Digital Officer, Apax Partners SAS

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17:15 - 17:45

Virtual Networking & close of day one

Agenda

Day 3 - Wednesday 7th

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
08:30 - 09:55

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 and Head of Investment-Ops Team, SVPGlobal

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09:55 - 10:00

Chairperson’s Welcome Back Remarks

James Berkeley
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James Berkeley

Managing Director, Ellice Consulting

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10:00 - 10:30

Navigating through the downturn – what to do from a PE operations standpoint

Alejandro Alcalde Rasch, Fredrik Henzler, Tony O'Carroll, James Markham

Panel Session

  • How prepared were PE backed businesses and their private equity owners for the downturn that’s been brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic?
  • What should management teams and sponsors of businesses be prioritising during these tough times?
  • Tips for companies re-evaluating their business models/shutting down certain activities/scenario analysis

Moderator: Nicolas Monnier, Sales Product Manager, SAP

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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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Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director and Head of Investment-Ops Team, SVPGlobal

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James Markham

Partner, Portfolio Management - Graphite Capital

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10:30 - 10:35

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
10:35 - 11:05

Managing the CFO-CEO relationship at portfolio companies

James Berkeley, Steven Dunne, Krzysztof Drozd, Victor Vadaneaux

Panel Session

  • 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: James Berkeley, Managing Director, Ellice Consulting

 

 

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James Berkeley

Managing Director, Ellice Consulting

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Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

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Krzysztof Drozd

Senior Managing Director, Varde Partners

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Victor Vadaneaux, Cairngorm Capital

Victor Vadaneaux

Operating Partner, Cairngorm Capital

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11:05 - 11:30

Morning Networking Break – Virtual Lounge, 1-2-1 Meetings & 'Meet the Speakers'

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

Managing board effectiveness: Making boards a value creation driver

David Cooper , Warwick Nash, Karen O'Mahony, Mala Shah-Coulon
  • 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

Moderator: Mala Shah-Coulon, Associate Partner, EY

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David Cooper

Founding Partner, Cooper Limon

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Warwick Nash

Non-Executive Director, Independent

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Karen O'Mahony

Managing Director,PEAL Investments

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Mala Shah-Coulon

Head of Corporate Governance, EY

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12:00 - 12:05

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
12:05 - 12:35

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

Panel Session

  • 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

Mark Veldon, AlixPartners

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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12:35 - 12:40

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
12:40 - 12:55

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

Richard Riboe
  • Nordic Capital: AniCura
    Richard Riboe, Director, Nordic Capital
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Richard Riboe

Investment Director, Nordic Capital Advisors

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12:55 - 14:00

Mid-day networking break with 1-2-1 Meetings & 'Meet the Speakers'

Interactive Breakout Sessions
14:00 - 14:30

Managing culture & strategy to ensure an engaged and incentivised workforce

Andrea Davis, Lisa Telford
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Andrea Davis

Managing Director-Private Equity, Investcorp

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Lisa Telford

Portfolio Talent Director, Montagu Full Potential Partners

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14:35 - 15:05

How embracing ESG & impacts can enhance returns

Ellen de Kreij, Pia Irell, James Magor
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Ellen de Kreij

Operating Advisor - Sustainability, Apax Partners

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Pia Irell

Impact Partner, Trill Impact

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James Magor

Responsible Investment Director, Actis

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15:05 - 15:10

Stretch Break

Operating Partners Forum: Europe 2020
15:10 - 15:40

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

Steve Jones, Sara McMunn, Wayne Brown

 

Moderator: Wayne Brown, Head of Private Equity, SAP Concur

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Steve Jones

Growth Acceleration Team, Livingbridge

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Sara McMunn

Operating Partner, Keen Venture Partners

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Wayne Brown

Head of Private Equity, SAP Concur

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15:40 - 15:45

Closing Remarks

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

 

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

Russ Albright

CEO, Crosslake

Russ Albright is the Founder and CEO of Crosslake Technologies, a software consulting firm founded on the principal of helping companies buy, build, and run better software from technical due diligence to value creation. Russ has over 25 years of exp… 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

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

Riccardo Basile

Principal, Permira

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

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

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

Wayne Brown

Head of Private Equity, SAP Concur

Wayne is Head of SAP Concurs Private Equity Program. His team are responsible for cultivating, managing, and growing strategic partnerships with Private Equity funds globally in support of SAP’s most adopted cloud technology and their partners value… 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

David Cooper

Founding Partner, Cooper Limon

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

Jim Corey

Managing Partner, Blue Ridge Partners

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

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

Managing Director, 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

Krzysztof Drozd

Senior Managing Director, Varde Partners

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

Steven Dunne

Senior Partner, Frog Capital

Steven has over 20 years of private equity experience gained within private equity firms, as CFO of private equity and venture capital backed companies 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

Simon Gibbs

Chairman & CEO, Fortius

Simon is Chairman and Chief Executive of Fortius, a Supply Chain risk management SaaS provider backed by Warburg Pincus. Fortius is a two-sided exchange for buyers to manage supply chain risk by auditing and assessing suppliers’ credentials. Fortius… Read full bio

Sam Gilpin

Managing Director, YSC

Sam is a member of the Global Leadership Team of YSC Consulting based in London. He currently heads YSC’s Europe and Middle East business. Prior to this he held roles as Global Head for Client Development and Head of YSC Asia. He has a broad range of… 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

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

Paul Harragan

Director - Transaction Strategy & Execution - Cybersecurity, EY-Parthenon

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

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

Srinivasaa HG

VP and EMEA Head of Wipro Digital, Wipro

Srinivasaa HG (Srini) heads Wipro Digital business in EMEA. As one of the five founding members of Wipro Digital (a start-up within the larger mother ship of Wipro, which now contributes 40% to Wipro’s revenue), Srini’s focus has been to establish a… Read full bio

Rob Hornby

Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer, Alix Partners

Rob’s career spans technology start-ups, FTSE 100 corporates and global consultancies. He is a recognized expert in technology strategy, digital transformation and complex implementation. Rob has extensive industry experience as an Executive in both… Read full bio

Pia Irell

Impact Partner, Trill Impact

Pia joined Trill Impact in 2019 as the Impact Partner, responsible for Impact and ESG matters throughout the investment cycle. Prior to Trill Impact, Pia has more than 14 years of experience in the Private Equity industry, of which eight years as the… Read full bio

Caimin Jones

Operating Partner, 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

Anish Kundi

Director – Global Private Equity, SAP

Anish Kundi is a Director in SAP’s Global Private Equity team. His remit is to build and manage relationships with Private Equity funds and to work with their investee companies on technology-focused initiatives across the investment lifecycle. Anish… 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

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 Director, 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 15 years of experience in responsible investment, primarily… 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

Digital 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

Joy McCormack

Director, Board Development, Private Equity - 3i

Joy heads up 3i's Business Leaders Network working as part of our investment team with a focus on connecting with Chairmen, CEOs, Advisors and other senior Board level management for our existing portfolio assets and new investment opportunities, int… 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

Nicolas Monnier

Senior Director SAP Private Equity, SAP

Nicolas started his career in the Private Equity space working for 5 years in a mid-market fund focusing on both growth capital and LBO operations. Then, he switched career and relocate to Australia in order to open and run the regional office of a F… Read full bio

Trupti Mukker

VP and Global Head of FS Digital Operations, Wipro

Trupti Mukker heads Wipro’s Digital Operations business for Financial Services globally and works with 30+ clients, which includes engagements with leading Private Equity firms. She has over two decades of experience in operations transformation driv… Read full bio

Warwick Nash

Non-Executive Director, Independent

Warwick Nash has worked for the last decade in private equity on both sides of the table: firstly he was the European CEO of a PE owned global services company which he helped to turnaround and exit successfully. And most recently, he was the operati… Read full bio

Tony O'Carroll

Managing Director and Head of Investment-Ops Team, SVPGlobal

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

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 a private equity firm that targets single assets and portfolios of direct investments previously owned by Institutional Investors and Fa… 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

Investment Director, Nordic Capital Advisors

Richard is an Investment Director with Nordic Capital Advisors and focuses on investments within Healthcare and Financial Services. Richard was a member of the investment advisory team for AniCura, a leading provider of specialized pet care in Europe… 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

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

Mala Shah-Coulon

Head of Corporate Governance, EY

Mala leads EY's Corporate Governance team which conducts governance diagnostics, performs bespoke reviews of narrative reporting and provides board training for UK listed companies and private or PE backed companies that are embarking on an IPO journ… 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

Jamie Smith

Director, International Technology - Eze Castle Integration

Jamie Smith is Director of International Technology at Eze Castle Integration. Jamie has over 15 years of IT experience specific to the hedge fund and alternative investment sector. Jamie served as head of technology for a financial-focused managed s… 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

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
Victor Vadaneaux, Cairngorm Capital

Victor Vadaneaux

Operating Partner, Cairngorm Capital

Victor is an operating partner and an executive or non-executive director, working with various private equity firms to build significant value in their portfolio companies. Victor is helping transform businesses, acting on strategy, operations, orga… Read full bio

Susanne Vanner

Partner - Transaction Strategy & Execution, EY

Susanne is a Partner in the Transaction Strategy and Execution (TS&E) 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.… Read full bio
Mark Veldon, AlixPartners

Mark Veldon

Managing Director, AlixPartners

Mark co-leads AlixPartners Private Equity practice across Europe. He works extensively in guiding companies through M&A transactions and operational transformations. He has two decades of experience in advising PE and corporate clients in due dil… 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

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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Frequently asked questions

We understand that the world of virtual events is a new one, so we have put together a series of FAQs to make things clearer.

If you have a question that isn’t covered below please contact us at customerservices@peimedia.com and a member of our team will get back to you.

1.

What time zone is the event held in?

All times show on the event website are British Summer Time (BST)/UTC+1.
2.

What if I have a question or any problems during the event?

    • Members of our team will be available for the duration of the event to answer any of your questions and help in any way we can.
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3.

What equipment do I need?

All you need is your computer and an internet connection to experience the Operating Partners Forum. We recommend that you access the event from a desktop or laptop computer using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. We also recommend you enable your webcam while at the Forum. You will not be visible during the main sessions, but this will make interacting with other delegates easier when you take part in roundtable discussions, networking sessions and one-to-one video meetings.
4.

How do I access the platform?

The platform will launch 4 weeks prior to the event. As a registered attendee, you will be sent a unique link to access the platform. That link is unique to you and cannot be shared with anyone else.
5.

How will I know how to use the platform?

We have a dedicated “Virtual experience” page to help you navigate the platform. The advantage of having access a few weeks before is that we can help you iron out any issues you might be having with plenty of time before the event.
6.

Do I need to sit in front of my laptop all day or all night?

No. There will be live content (which is where you can take part in live Q&As) and select sessions will be made on demand for an additional 5 months, so you can watch sessions at a time convenient to you.
7.

I have watched enough webinars over the past 6 months, why would I want to watch more?

We hear you – which is why we have structured the platform to ensure you are part of the conversation. You will be able to:
  • Ask questions of panel speakers during the session
  • Spend time face-to-face via video conference with speakers to ask questions after the session
  • Join roundtables to discuss the topics that matter to you with like-minded peers
  • Focused networking breaks where you can discuss the strategies and opportunities you are
    interested in
  • Pop in to sponsor booths to connect via video and discuss their offerings or a presentation that they have given
8.

What if I forget that a session I want to attend is on?

You can build your own personal agenda within the platform and opt-in to receive notifications when sessions are about to begin.

9.

Is “virtual networking” just a buzzword for direct messaging or email?

Absolutely not! The virtual platform will feature direct messaging functionality, but it also has inbuilt video conferencing that allows you to invite other people into a single meeting. Just select your potential business partner/s from the attendee list and invite them to chat.
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What about the timezone difference? How do I set meetings on my timezone?

The platform shows available meeting times as per your computers timezone. For example, if you are based in London, a meeting you set for 12 pm from your account will show to a recipient in Berlin as 1 pm, reducing the human error impact of incorrectly guessing timezones. It is worth noting that event timings will be running on British Summer Time (BST) which is UTC+1. The platform will note the timezone abbreviation next to most timings to avoid confusion.