Westport Intl’s Private Equity Practice has completed more than 100 successful searches in the private equity space at both the general partner and portfolio company level for large, global funds, as well as for middle-market private equity firms. Our experienced consultants have either worked in the buy-side investment sector or collaborated with the world’s leading private equity firms to identify investment professionals and experts in investor relations and capital-raising.
We also support our private equity clients as they institutionalize their infrastructure, helping to recruit heads of finance, risk, compliance, legal, human resources, information technology and other key corporate functions of the firm.
Our clients must also find board directors, CEOs, CFOs and often, entire top management teams for their portfolio. We know that leaders in the portfolio companies must be adept at working in a highly leveraged environment with an acute sense of urgency and an ability to create value quickly, taking out costs, focusing on working capital, managing cash and improving the top line with a keen focus on metrics.
One of Westport Intl’s greatest strengths is executive talent assessment. This manifests itself in how long our candidates remain employed with our clients and how often our candidates receive promotions once they’re working with the company. Our industry-leading metrics demonstrate our success, which is ultimately your success because we view it as a partnership. As a nimble boutique executive search firm, we have the ability to efficiently assign our top resources across our functional and industry practices to quickly solve your critical talent gap needs.
Over Mark Crist’s ten years with the company, he has developed and managed two of our largest Fortune 250 diversified clients, Danaher and Illinois Tool Works, two firms known for its disciplined approach to equity investments. He has partnered with these firms and filled over 50 searches across multiple segments: medical device, clinical diagnostics, test & measurement, environmental, packaging, industrial, and construction products. Mark has filled searches for these clients in the areas of human resources, operations, sales, marketing, finance and engineering. Mark has recently partnered with two former clients, now in private equity, to fill an HR Director and SVP of Operations search with their portfolio companies.