Private Equity

Investor metrics demand a different kind of leader.

We’ve worked with the investment community for over 15 years and honed our ability to identify leadership that understands and supports an investment firm’s definition of management responsibility. We know how to access talent that can work against investor metrics – a vastly different set of expectations than a public company.

We attract talent who can quickly adapt and integrate into an investor’s strategy, and who can do it with competency and urgency. We identify executives driven by increasing shareholder value, who are proven leaders and who demonstrate the specific skill set needed to add value in both the near and long-term. We have an absolute view on this, because there is no gray area. Profitable growth is the only kind that matters. The right leadership understands that immediately.

Star Search for Private Equity

Finding a CEO during due diligence.

Typically and historically, private equity firms want new management in place concurrent with an acquisition being made. We’ve created a Star Search program that makes this happen. We’ll introduce you to C-Suite talent during due diligence. When the deal is finalized, your new management will be in place. This allows portfolio companies to be more profitable, faster, with the right leadership ready and available from day one.
Please contact Les Berglass to learn more.

Private Equity Placements

  • Kathy Savitt

    Placement: Board Member, Vitamin Shoppes

    Formerly: CMO and Head of Media, Yahoo!

  • Beth Pritchard

    Placement: Board Member, Vitamin Shoppes

    Presently: Principal and Strategic Advisor, Sunrise Beauty Studio

  • Erik Searles

    Placement: CEO, Alton Lane

    Formerly: VP, Direct to Consumer, The North Face

  • Brannon Dixon

    Placement: CEO, Feeders Supply Company

    Formerly: President, Theisen's Home Farm Auto

  • Doug Satzman

    Placement: CEO , XpresSpa

    Formerly: CEO, Joe Coffee Company

  • Carrie McDermott

    Placement: CEO, Pet People

    Formerly: President, Sally Beauty

  • Greg Gluchowski

    Placement: CEO, The Hillman Companies

    Formerly: President, Hardware and Home Improvement, Spectrum Brands

  • David Stern

    Placement: CEO, Ouidad

    Formerly: Regional Executive Officer, Mass Brands, KAO Brands

  • Greg Scott

    Placement: CEO, New York & Company

    Formerly: CEO, bebe stores

  • Eric Bauer

    Placement: CEO, ChemAid

    Formerly: President, Valois America Inc.

  • Elana Drell Szyfer

    Placement: CEO, Ahava

    Formerly: SVP, Global Marketing, Estee Lauder

  • Steve Hislop

    Placement: CEO, Chuy's

    Formerly: Concept President, O'Charley's

  • Stan Mavis

    Placement: President, Sugoi

    Formerly: SVP, Product, Brooks Sports

  • Chris Phillips

    Placement: President, Bootlegger

    Formerly: VP, Merchandising, Old Navy

  • Rachel Ulman

    Placement: President, Greats

    Formerly: Senior Leader, Marketing and Merchandising, Amazon

  • Veronica Collins

    Placement: President, COO, Sarah Flint

    Formerly: Head of EMEA, Oceania & Canada, Shopbop.com & EastDiane.com/Amazon.com

  • Jack Boyle

    Placement: President, Merchandising, Fanatics

    Formerly: EVP, GMM, Kohl's

  • Kenton Selvey

    Placement: President, JA Brand Group, Joseph Abboud

    Formerly: VP, Strategic Partnerships, Discovery Communications

  • David Ard

    Placement: Chief People Officer, Equinox

    Formerly: SVP, Global Head of People + Communications, Gap, Inc.

  • John Swygert

    Placement: COO, Ollie's Bargain Outlet

    Formerly: VP, Finance and Planning, Factory 2-U Stores

  • Mark Hasting

    Placement: COO, MyEyeDr.

    Formerly: COO, Kum & Go

  • Jayne Fitzpatrick-Conway

    Placement: CFO, Planet Fitness

    Formerly: CFO, Gulf Oil LP

  • Steve Feldman

    Placement: CFO, Intermix

    Formerly: CFO, Barneys New York

  • Jay Stasz

    Placement: CFO, Ollie's Bargain Outlet

    SVP, Finance & Accounting, Sports Authority

  • Brian Sullivan

    Placement: CFO, Forman Mills

    Formerly: CFO, Donald Pilner

  • Ann Watson

    Placement: SVP/Chief Marketing Officer, Sperry

    Formerly: SVP, eCommerce, Marketing & Communication, John Hardy

  • Scott Koerner

    Placement: Chief Marketing Officer, Shoes for Crews

    Formerly: GM, eCommerce, Michaels Stores

  • Denise Conroy

    Placement: Chief Marketing Officer, Iconic Group

    Formerly: President, Playbook Entertainment Consulting

  • Jill Scalamandre

    Placement: Chief Marketing Officer, Strivectin

    Formerly: SVP, Marketing, Avon

  • Lisa MacPherson

    Placement: Chief Marketing Officer, CustomInk

    Formerly: SVP/CMO, Hallmark Cards

  • Kim Kiefer

    Placement: Chief Retail Officer, Ascend Wellness

    Formerly: Director, Stores, Converse

  • Kevin Finnegan

    Placement: EVP, Global Sales, New York & Company

    Formerly: Zone VP, Old Navy

  • Michele Anderson

    Placement: SVP, Chief Print + Marketing Services Leader, Division Head, Staples

    Formerly: SVP, Retail, Shutterfly

  • Kevin McLain

    Placement: SVP, GMM, Ollie's Bargain Outlet

    Formerly: SVP/GMM, Hardlines, Variety Wholesaler's Inc.

  • Brian King

    Placement: SVP, Marketing, Cycle Gear

    Formerly: VP, Customer Relationship Management, Loyalty, Marketing Analytics, Petco

  • Omar Segura

    Placement: SVP, Store Operations, Ollie's Bargain Outlet

    Formerly: VP/GM, Retail Services, Sears Holdings

  • Victoria Binau

    Placement: SVP, Marketing, GNC

    Formerly: SVP, Marketing, Toys R Us

  • Arthur Lewis

    Placement: GMM, Hautelook

    Formerly: SVP, Adult Merchandising - Old Navy, Gap Inc.

  • Tim Money

    Placement: VP, Merchandise Planning, Fanatics

    Formerly: VP, Merchandise Planning, Allocation & Analysis, Store & Distribution Center Replenishment, Dollar General

  • Andrew Halper

    Placement: VP, Human Resources, XpresSpa

    Formerly: Area Director, Human Resources, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

  • Chris Purpura

    Placement: VP, Customer Care, Neiman Marcus

    Formerly: VP, Customer Service, North America, Groupon

  • Carla Dunham

    Placement: VP, Brand Marketing , Equinox

    Formerly: VP, Global Brand Strategy, Kate Spade & Company

  • Marcelo Podesta

    Placement: VP, Chief Merchandising Officer, Brookstone

    Formerly: Sr. Director, DMM Office Supplies Staples.com, Contract and US Retail, Staples

  • Jaime Kriss

    Placement: VP, New Business Development, Jetro

    Formerly: Senior Director, Global Nutrition Group, Pepsico

  • Kevin Blossom

    Placement: OVP, Wholesale, Brookstone

    Formerly: VP, North America Appliances and Batteries Sales & Trade Marketing, Spectrum Brands

  • Greg Hill

    Placement: VP, Human Resources, Equinox

    Formerly: SVP, Human Resources, Frontier Communications

  • Bob Chessen

    Placement: SVP, Human Resources, GNC

    Formerly: VP, Human Resources, Charming Shoppes

  • Rajeev Rai

    Placement: VP, IT, eCommerce, Neiman Marcus

    Formerly: Senior Director, Digital Commerce, IT Product Capability Management, Best Buy

  • Yujin Heo

    Placement: VP, eCommerce, Creative, Neiman Marcus

    Formerly: Creative Director, MyHabit.com

  • Mary Barone

    Placement: VP, Design, Bath, Maytex Mills

    Formerly: Chief Curator | Creative, Design Threads

  • Kerry Bohm

    Placement: VP, Marketing, Ascend Wellness

    Formerly: Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing + Creative, Living Proof

  • Kristin Knapp

    Placement: Senior Director, eCommerce, Coty

    Formerly: VP, Digital, Tom Ford

  • Jason Wang

    Placement: Senior Director, Business Planning, Jetro

    Formerly: Sr. Director, Strategy and Operations, Guess?, Inc.

  • Scott Kendall

    Placement: VP, Operations, Zenith Home Corp., Maytex Mills

    Formerly: Director, Manufacturing Operations, RSI Home Products

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