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Executive: Walt Piekarski has served as a go-to-market EVP and divisional leader for multiple PE-backed investments  

Challenge: Establishing success as a commercial leader within the first 100 days at a PE-backed company 

Solution: In the initial 100 days, a commercial leader’s roadmap should encompass the following steps: assess, define, align, and execute. 

1. Assessing the Business: Laying the Foundation for Success 

First, understand the scenario you’re in. Is it a “burning platform” or turnaround situation? Is the focus to sustain growth and take the business from good to great? Creating the right operating model structure based on that situation is absolutely critical. Spend your first 30 days learning and understanding the business. From there, you can begin challenging assumptions. 

Then, establish a presence for yourself, both to your customers and your employees. Customers and employees alike often feel anxiety surrounding how a new leader’s presence and goals will impact them. Outreach, such as

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