Practice

Private Equity

The world’s leading private equity (PE) firms generate tremendous shareholder returns.

While their investments are not immune to headwinds, they continue to outperform many of the major indices. Without question, much of this success is due to the early identification of outstanding investment opportunities. However, once purchased, the investment must perform. Our experience suggests that the astute equity investor will carefully manage and drive the performance of their investments with a team of seasoned and talented operating partners – people who have a clear view to future success and a track record of leading businesses effectively.

So how do they do it? How can businesses outperform their competition, create value, and realize lasting success? By observing our most successful clients, we have identified several business disciplines that PE owners apply to form a framework for success. While these fundamentals may sound basic, they are not easily achieved.

Let’s take a closer look:

· They hire senior managers who act like owners.

· They define a clear 3 to 5-year investment thesis and business strategy.

· They make their capital work hard and measure Return on Invested Capital.

· They measure other important value creating activities with an effective dashboard

· They determine whether senior management is adding or destroying value

Clearly, the first and last items on this list involve finding the right talent to lead the business.

What we do

Over and again, we hear the following:
• Equity investors are uniquely time constrained – they value urgency
• Equity investors often actively manage investments – they value and demand high performance
• Equity investors measure and reduce risk – they value managers with a strong track record
• Equity investors focus on results – they want managers who win routinely and overcome obstacles

At August Leadership, we view these challenges as an opportunity. We know where to find the right executives, can assess their potential for success in all circumstances, will properly market the PE opportunity to extremely talented passive candidates, and execute our searches with great speed.

Our Expertise

• Talent Assessment and Due Diligence
• Talent Mapping and Pipeline Development
• Retained Executive Search expertise across multiple industry sectors within a portfolio of businesses

Practice Team

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Piers Marmion

CHAIR August Leadership BOARD
Piers is a Cambridge graduate who following an early career in family office private equity has spent over 25 years in leadership roles in the human capital sectors as a founder entrepreneur, CEO, board Director and investor.

Peter Grech

Partner
Peter has over 20 years experience in executive search spanning several continents. His expertise includes Insurance, Financial Services, Nonprofit, Human Capital, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics and Risk Management.

John Durkey

Partner
John possesses over 20 years of experience in the retained search industry and has executed assignments across all functional disciplines in the Life Sciences & Health, Manufacturing and Technology sectors

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Claudia Seidner

Partner
Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. Her focus industries include transportation, tourism and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, life science, and renewable energies.

Gavin O’Malley

Partner
Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Eugenio Riquelme

Partner
Eugenio has deep practical experience as a search consultant and leadership advisor at both public and private boards, C-suite, and business heads level, mainly in the financial sector and financial function in various industries.

Ken Schwenke

Partner
Ken is a seasoned business leader, developer, and board member having served in leadership roles ranging from command of Marine units to serving as president of a $1.5B public company.

Lukas Beech

Partner
Lukas Beech is one of the most influential search consultants in Asia, with about 20 years of deep expertise, especially in the Korean market.

Michael Maeder

Partner
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Piers Marmion

CHAIR August Leadership BOARD
Piers is a Cambridge graduate who following an early career in family office private equity has spent over 25 years in leadership roles in the human capital sectors as a founder entrepreneur, CEO, board Director and investor.

Angeles Fernandez

Partner
Angeles has completed more than 300 searches for CEOs, Presidents, Independent Directors, General Managers, and Directors in the financial services, consumer products, and industrial sectors focused in automotive, aerospace, and aviation industries.

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Douglas C. Straton

Advisory Partner
A relentless builder and scaler, Doug has held several high-level global and regional general management, strategy, innovation and transformation roles in start-ups and large-scale companies such as Unilever and L'Oreal. He has deep expertise in building Digital businesses and driving Digital Transformation, most recently as the Chief Digital Officer for The Hershey Company.

Eugenio Riquelme

Partner
Eugenio has deep practical experience as a search consultant and leadership advisor at both public and private boards, C-suite, and business heads level, mainly in the financial sector and financial function in various industries.

Greg Gerson

Partner
Greg brings over two decades of executive search experience to August Leadership. He serves as a strategic business partner to boards and executive leadership across the healthcare services and life sciences industries.

James Gathercole

Partner
James has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses.  Clients value his deep understanding of the essential leadership characteristics of Chinese executives who succeed in western organisations. 

John Durkey

Partner
John possesses over 20 years of experience in the retained search industry and has executed assignments across all functional disciplines in the Life Sciences & Health, Manufacturing and Technology sectors

Ken Schwenke

Partner
Ken is a seasoned business leader, developer, and board member having served in leadership roles ranging from command of Marine units to serving as president of a $1.5B public company.

Markos Moya

Partner
As a Partner at August Leadership, Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail industries.

Michael Maeder

Partner
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Peter Grech

Partner
Peter has over 20 years experience in executive search spanning several continents. His expertise includes Insurance, Financial Services, Nonprofit, Human Capital, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics and Risk Management.

Claudia Seidner

Partner
Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. Her focus industries include transportation, tourism and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, life science, and renewable energies.

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