PEI’s annual initiative celebrating standout examples of value creation

Learn about the winners of this year’s OpEx Awards

As we celebrate 10 years of the Operational Excellence Awards, Private Equity International continues to seek out the best examples of value creation by private equity firms.

To qualify for this year’s awards, the GP must have fully or partially exited between June 2020 and June 2021. Entries were accepted for portfolio companies headquartered across three regions: Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Asia-Pacific; and the Americas. Within these regions PEI called for entries across four size categories: large-cap (entry price over $500 million); upper mid-market ($250 million to $500 million); lower mid-market ($100 million to $250 million); and small-cap (under $100 million). The submissions were sent to a panel of judges who were tasked with reviewing the entries for a particular region. The judges were asked to consider factors such as ESG, innovation and growth strategy. The judging panel scored each entry for the overall level of operational excellence demonstrated.

Winners were selected in each region, based on the entry that received the highest average operational excellence score in each size category. On December 2, 2021 we will be sharing some of the winning value creation stories with our members via a virtual session.

While the awards have been running for a decade, the quality of the submissions has not faded. Thank you to all the firms that continue to share their examples of operational expertise in action with PEI.

To gain access to the Operational Excellence Awards Deep Dive, you must be an Operating Partners All Access member.

Day 1

Agenda

Operational Excellence Awards Deep Dive - Thursday 2nd

13:00 - 14:00

OpEx Awards 21: Meet the winners

Henrik Aspén , Sujit John, Helmut Schuehsler, James Smith, Adam Smallman

Panelists:
Henrik Aspen, Partner, Verdane (EMEA winner)
Sujit John, Managing Director, Partners Group (Americas winner)
Helmut Schuehsler, Chairman and CEO, TVM Capital Healthcare (EMEA winner)
James Smith, Director, Advent (EMEA winner)

Host:
Adam Smallman, Director of Membership Programs, PEI Media

A speaker photo for Henrik Aspén

Henrik Aspén

Partner, Verdane

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A speaker photo for Sujit John

Sujit John

Managing Director, Partners Group

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Helmut Schuehsler

Chairman and CEO, TVM Capital Healthcare

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James Smith

Director, Advent

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Adam Smallman, PEI

Adam Smallman

Director – Membership Programs, PEI Media

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Sujit John

Managing Director, Partners Group

Sujit John is part of the Private Equity Health and Life business unit, based in New York. He is a member of the Private Equity Direct Leads Investment Committee and the Private Equity Direct Co-Investments in Health and Life Investment Committee as… Read full bio

Helmut Schuehsler

Chairman and CEO, TVM Capital Healthcare

Helmut Schuehsler started his investment management career at Horizonte Venture Management in Vienna, Austria, and joined TVM Capital in Munich in 1990. During his tenure with the TVM Capital group of companies, Dr. Schuehsler started biotech investi… Read full bio
Adam Smallman, PEI

Adam Smallman

Director – Membership Programs, PEI Media

Adam joined PEI in December 2018 in a new role as Head of Content Strategy. Previously he spent three years with investment bank Liberum and held leading editorial and content roles at Dow Jones and Informa PLC. His responsibility is to ensure PEI’s… Read full bio

James Smith

Director, Advent

James Smith joined Advent in 2013 from Bain & Company in London where he worked on private equity fund strategy, due diligence and post-acquisition projects within the U.S. and Europe. In addition to InPost, James has been involved in the Hermes,… Read full bio

Henrik Aspén

Partner, Verdane

One of Sweden’s foremost digital consumer investors, Henrik Aspén is a Partner at Verdane, the Northern European specialist growth equity investor. Founded in 2003, Verdane’s 90-strong team, working from six offices across Northern Europe, is dedicat… Read full bio