Private Equity and the Talent Function

Entromy,  BluWave, and TalentScape, are excited to launch the market leading 2022 PE Talent Partner study.

The focus of this year’s study is what’s on the PE Talent Partner’s mind – role mandate, focus areas, playbooks, and best practices used by top PE firms to drive optimization of talent.

Insights from last year's study:
90%

Underutilize data & analytics with respect to the talent function

52%

Implement a 100-day plan post-acquisition

41%

Have a standard diligence process that leverages the talent group

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Covered in 2021's report:

  • Visionary firms had the highest degree of firm cultural buy-in on the importance of atalent team, as well as mature processes to support talent in portfolio companies.
  • Advancing firms are putting emphasis on talent practices but have not standardized theirapproaches or developed consistent playbooks across the portfolio.
  • Traditional firms have aspirations but are at various early stages on advancing talenttopics or gaining buy-in from the deal teams, and talent practices are largely opportunisticor supportive to value creation plans.
Private Equity firms nominated for being distinctive at managing talent

Insights from the 2021 study

90%
Underutilize data & analytics with respect to the talent function

Analytical approaches to management scorecards and protocol will replace gut instincts and interview-driven assessment of leadership. Assessments will include both executive search and talent firms, but also a more scientific, analytical approach to assessments.

52%
Implement a 100-day plan post-acquisition

It is essential for PE firms and the executive teams at the portfolio companies to move quickly in order to start potential corrective actions early during the holding period in order to maximize chances of hitting aspirational value creation assumptions.

41%
Have a standard diligence process that leverages the talent group

There is a shifting trend towards establishing playbooks of evaluation, resources and support at different stages. With the increasing recognition that leadership talent is a major driver of superior returns, talent partners are able to gain buy-in from deal-partners.

"At Francisco Partners, we aim to play the “long game” as it relates to executive talent and create career paths that don’t end with the exit or sale of a business. We ideally are looking for hungry executives that want to build an affiliation and longer-term partnership with us and will ultimately go on to play a number of roles in our ecosystem, whether several successive operating roles in our portfolio companies, Board/Advisory roles, and/or Operating Partners roles."

- Ryan Greene, Operating Partner at Francisco Partners Consulting

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