Executives for Venture Portfolios

Executives Online is often asked by venture capital and private equity clients to deliver seasoned, results-oriented executives for their portfolio companies.

Many of our Managing Director and CEO candidates have turnaround experience, in addition to strong track records of delivering growth leading to successful shareholder exits.

Particularly for interim assignments, our results-based fees often come into play in turnaround or fast-growth situations, in which part of the candidate’s compensation (and ours) is tied to the successful achievement of outcomes, for example, the securing of additional financing, the implementation of a restructuring plan, or the achievement of certain turnover and profitability targets.

For one private equity client we recently placed:

  • a Financial Modeller for a community-based venture capital fund
  • an Interim CEO for a community-based venture capital fund
  • a Business Development Manager for a venture capital fund
  • a Management Buy-in candidates for a private equity firm
  • a Risk Manager for a strategic economic infrastructure provider
  • a Managing Director for a regional venture capital fund
  • a Managing Director for a venture capital-backed online sporting memorabilia company
  • a Finance Director for a venture capital-backed remediation and construction solutions provider
  • a Non-Executive Director for a venture capital-backed exhibition and event organisers' services group
  • a VP Engineering and Software Development for a messaging security company backed by a US-based $1.5 billion venture fund
  • an Interim Finance Director for a Shetland-based organic cod farming business backed by a €400 million private equity fund
  • three placements into a specialist consultancy working with a private equity group to dramatically improve the profitability of its portfolio companies, including an Interim IT Director, an Interim MD of Japan, and an Interim Head of Spain/Portugal to effect turnaround of the respective operations
  • an Interim Operations Director at a venture capital-backed gaming/entertainment start-up
  • an Interim Finance Director for a venture capital-backed restaurant/hospitality venture
  • a General Manager for a manufacturing business, a Business Development Director for an IT business, a CEO and a Divisional Business Development Director for an IT start-up, a Group Purchasing Director and a Group Sales Director, all backed by the same private equity/acquisitions company

Our service is ideal for any private equity client seeking experienced effective managers, perhaps to:

  • Supplement and strengthen a team
  • Provide a specific set of skills or experience on a temporary basis
  • Execute or accelerate a project
  • Replace a key manager who has abruptly departed
  • Build up a new business, division or team