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

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner
Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Francis “Fran” Luisi

Partner - Human Capital Practice
Fran Luisi is a leader in executive search across industry sectors and multiple geographies, helping organizations build their depth and quality of their Human Capital (HC) and Human Resource (HR) talent and functions globally, as a Partner within the Human Capital and Human Resource Practice within August Leadership.

John L. Pothin

Partner
John has more than 30 years of experience across several industry sectors.

Caroline “Carrie” Magee

Partner
Carrie is an expert in organizational transformation. 

Peter Grech

Partner
With 20 years experience recruiting regionally and internationally, Peter helps companies transform and innovate through brave, globally-minded leaders.

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

Lisa Tromba

Partner
Lisa is a well-experienced Executive Search, Leadership Assessment and Advisor delivering diverse leadership solutions across Consumer, Food & Beverage and Industrial markets globally. Her work spans functions and leadership levels through to C-Level.

Peter Bowstead

Partner
Peter has earned a reputation for executing particularly ‘difficult’ searches in both mature and frontier markets.

Asad Haider

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

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner
Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Francis “Fran” Luisi

Partner - Human Capital Practice
Fran Luisi is a leader in executive search across industry sectors and multiple geographies, helping organizations build their depth and quality of their Human Capital (HC) and Human Resource (HR) talent and functions globally, as a Partner within the Human Capital and Human Resource Practice within August Leadership.

John L. Pothin

Partner
John has more than 30 years of experience across several industry sectors.

Peter Grech

Partner
With 20 years experience recruiting regionally and internationally, Peter helps companies transform and innovate through brave, globally-minded leaders.

Caroline “Carrie” Magee

Partner
Carrie is an expert in organizational transformation. 

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

Lisa Tromba

Partner
Lisa is a well-experienced Executive Search, Leadership Assessment and Advisor delivering diverse leadership solutions across Consumer, Food & Beverage and Industrial markets globally. Her work spans functions and leadership levels through to C-Level.

Peter Bowstead

Partner
Peter has earned a reputation for executing particularly ‘difficult’ searches in both mature and frontier markets.

Greg Ballard

Advisory Partner
Greg Ballard serves as an advisory partner at August Leadership on the group’s expansion into the West Coast.

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