Executive recruitment in private equity (PE) companies presents several unique challenges. The highly-specialized nature of the industry necessitates finding candidates with deep industry knowledge and a track record of value creation and success in the sectors of their portfolio companies, as well as niche skills and capabilities that aren’t easy to find in the current talent market.
The private equity world is a demanding one when it comes to c-suite and other leadership roles. These organizations have high expectations for the talent they hire. Executives must be adept at driving growth and making improvements within each portfolio company. A high degree of confidentiality and discretion is also critical for PE firms that work on sensitive deals and transactions. Private equity talent needs are also influenced by the unique culture and work environment cultivated within each organization. An effective leader needs to align with the values and management strategy of their firm, as well, in order to make an effective placement.
Executive searches for a PE portfolio business require a strategic approach at every stage. Since private equity deals often move rapidly, this creates a compressed timeline for placing leaders into critical roles. The global scale of many firms compounds this challenge. Recruiters must identify candidates with experience navigating various markets and regulatory environments, in addition to understanding the cultural differences and workforce needs of their teams. After you’ve identified experts who meet these stringent requirements, designing a compensation package that aligns with both the executive’s and the firm’s interests can be complex. These compensation structures often include performance-based incentives and equity, requiring thorough understanding of the industry’s financial intricacies.
Hiring the right people for PE executive roles is further complicated by the high competition for c-level talent. Private equity firms often compete with finance institutions, corporations, and startups for the same pool of experienced executives. Drawing on the candidate relationships of an executive search firm can be one way to streamline the recruitment process and improve its results.
The seasoned headhunters at Pender & Howe are strategically positioned across North America, allowing us to make connections between highly-skilled executives and the firms where they can make an impact. Our PE recruitment team’s expertise spans the spectrum of investment entities and their portfolio companies. As executive search partners, our services go beyond talent acquisition, serving as consultants to help our clients optimize their recruitment decisions to identify the top CFO, CEO, board of directors, and other c-level professionals. Our deep expertise and global network set us apart from other executive search firms, giving us both the reach and insights to find the right people for leadership positions across industries.
Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. We provide a fully streamlined boutique retained service for companies looking to bolster their executive leadership team.
With a strong presence in key cities across North America, Pender & Howe boasts a comprehensive reach that spans the continent. From venture capital-backed disruptors, recently acquired private equity portfolio companies, academic institutions, not-for-profits to global public companies, our diverse client portfolio showcases our ability to cater to organizations of all sizes and stages.
We understand that transparency, collaboration, and high-level service are paramount, and our recruitment team is committed to delivering these qualities consistently throughout every assignment we undertake. As a strategically low-volume recruitment firm, we ensure that all our clients receive a white-glove service, never diluting our efforts or compromising on quality.
At Pender & Howe, we go beyond mere recruitment; we forge strategic partnerships that empower businesses to excel. By leveraging our extensive network, expertise, and dedication to exceptional service, we guarantee that your team receives the utmost attention, guidance, and support throughout their executive search journey. Trust us to deliver results that propel your organization to new heights, backed by our unwavering commitment to excellence.
Travis is a co-founding Partner of Pender & Howe. He sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Kestria, the world’s largest executive search network. As an Advisor with Loyal VC, he also supports entrepreneurs in all aspects of key talent strategies.
Travis’ primary focus is partnering with investors and C-Suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.
Travis is an avid competitive golfer passionate about international travelling, often trying to combine the two!
Natural curiosity, strong business acumen and an ability by means of a high EQ to connect with people are characteristics that make Ryan a trusted recruitment partner. Equipped with over two decades of Consumer-Packaged Goods and Sports Marketing experience, Ryan has quickly established himself as a trusted partner for companies operating in the private and public sectors.
Ryan has built commercial leadership teams and successfully placed several executives in every function across a variety of CPG industries.
When he’s not building relationships and feverishly working, you can find Ryan enjoying soul food in the outdoors with his family and friends.
Leveraging an extensive network coupled with deep industry-specific knowledge gained through twenty years of direct pharmaceutical and healthcare experience, Céline is a Partner at Pender & Howe, advising clients on executive-level search strategies in the Biotech, Medtech, and Healthcare industries. A pharmacist by trade, Celine has accumulated more than 900 hours of practice in professional coaching (PCC certification). Celine is also the Leader of America’s life sciences practice in Kestria and a board member of Women in Bio (a volunteer organization that supports DEI practices in life sciences).
Mother of three, an avid runner who loves sailing and an active volunteer in a non-profit that gives children with motor disabilities the opportunity to achieve sporting challenges.
A Co-Founder of Pender & Howe, Glenn brings over 25 years of targeted search experience to his Clients. As an Advisor with Loyal VC and a member of the JR Shaw School of Business Sales & Marketing Advisory Board Glenn enjoys being actively involved in the business community. Focusing on executive search within the C-Suite and Board space across the scientific, healthcare, artificial intelligence/machine learning and NPO sectors, Glenn and his team work diligently to source exceptional talent for top-tier organizations.
Glenn enjoys fishing although not always “catching”, excellent wine and is a foodie.
Michelle is a Consultant with Pender & Howe, serving clients throughout North America. Michelle’s ten years of experience includes leading executive search mandates and managing corporate Talent Attraction Strategies in high-growth markets with the Big 4.
Her latest accomplishments include identifying key leadership teams within the fintech space in Toronto, co-leading a CSO Search for an innovative Biotechnology company based in Vancouver and currently, identifying a Head of Canada HR search within the professional services landscape.
A lifelong learner, Michelle is currently completing her MBA. Her weekends are spent with her two children, her golden retriever Brady, and her husband.
Tara-Lynn supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations, leveraging her Human Resources Management education and 10+ years of recruitment experience in the life science, healthcare, consumer, technology, and academic sectors. She collaborates with Pender & Howe’s Partners on emerging market trends, uncovers top-performing talent, and builds partnerships with clients and candidates. Tara-Lynn has a knack for finding needles in haystacks and a passion for discovering extraordinary leaders.
Outside of work, Tara-Lynn enjoys playing fetch with her Golden Retriever, listening to a new podcast, or training for her next marathon—sometimes all at once.
Oana supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations. She believes that human capital is at the center of every successful organization, and she leverages her experience in research, business development, and marketing to identify exceptional talent to shape the future.
Oana’s interpersonal acumen, natural curiosity, and futuristic outlook enable her to understand and connect with diverse individuals and ensure a strategic and insightful approach to talent acquisition.
When she’s not working, Oana loves to travel, cycle, and explore her latest fascination with the tequila production process.