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Gone are the days when private equity firms can rely solely on strategy, operational improvements and financial levers to maximize value creation. In a more mature and competitive deal environment, talent has become the difference maker.

We support the human capital strategies of our private equity clients through an integrated suite of service offerings, enabling firms and their portfolio companies to leverage talent to mitigate risk and accelerate value creation. As one of the earliest executive search and leadership advisory firms to partner with private equity, we have a proven track record of helping firms and their portfolio companies unlock value. We do this by helping clients find and develop the best leadership talent and by enabling the effectiveness of organizations and their leadership teams.

Evolving our business model to align with the unique needs of private equity, Spencer Stuart leverages our relationships, insights, technology, and proprietary tools and methodologies to support our clients across all aspects of their business — both at the GP and portfolio company level.

How We Serve

Our private equity advisory work draws upon our extensive relationships and nearly 70 years of experience evaluating, recruiting, selecting, developing, coaching and optimizing teams for private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Click below for a list of our private equity service offerings:

Firm-Level Offerings

Executive Search
  • Executive Leadership Teams — e.g., CFO, COO, CTO, CHRO, Heads of Human Capital, GC, IR, Fundraising, Business Development
  • Advisors, Operating Partners, and other Senior Executives
  • Investment Professionals — Principal and Partner-Level
  • Fund Management — Credit, Growth, Impact, Venture, Infrastructure, Special Situations, and Traditional Middle-Market and Large Cap
Succession Planning
Leadership Advisory

Portfolio Company Offerings

  • Forensic Referencing
  • Market Research & Mappings
  • Executive Introductions
  • Pre-Deal Search
  • Diligence Support — Master Partnership
  • Talent Agenda Setting
Executive Search
Succession Planning
Leadership Advisory

We are committed to your success.

We have conducted more than 3,000 assignments for private equity firms and their portfolio companies over the past decade, advising on executive talent and successfully completing searches for partners and principals, investment teams, senior management, and functional leaders in marketing, supply chain, sales and other key areas.

Knowing that the right top leadership is vital to the success of an investment, we have an exceptional track record recruiting CEOs and CFOs for private equity-backed companies. More than one-quarter of our global CEO and CFO assignments are conducted for private equity clients.

We serve clients across the full spectrum of investment stages and disciplines through advisory services that include C-level executive search, board and CEO succession, board and executive assessment, IPO, pre- and post-merger integration, onboarding and management benchmarking.