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Characteristics of Successful PE-Backed CEOs

For private equity firms, having the right CEO for a portfolio company can be the difference between a profitable investment and a leech of firm resources. The CEO envisions the path for growth and drives strategy and performance by flawlessly executing business initiatives, seizing opportunities and maneuvering around threats in order to deliver value to investors. Herbert Mines Associates has consolidated years of experience recruiting, tracking and assessing PE-backed CEOs to present a strategic point-of-view on what makes a successful CEO candidate.

While an executive’s past experience is not the only metric for his or her future performance, demonstrated success in prior roles is critical – both on measurable elements like revenue and EBITDA growth, as well as softer competencies like building organizational capabilities and a performance-focused culture. Herbert Mines Associates has developed a comprehensive methodology for assessing capabilities and experiences most desirable in PE-backed CEOs.

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