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Top 50 Private Equity Firms for Executives


We are excited to release the inaugural Top 50 Private Equity Firms for Executives list and report, co-produced by PrivateEquityCXO (PE-CXO) and Falcon Partners.

An unrelenting, decades-long increase in PE dealmaking has resulted in unprecedented demand for C-suite portfolio company executives. And the supply/demand trend continues to worsen, thereby making a competitive talent pool even more daunting. Elite executives will be diligent in selecting the right platform and optimal sponsor fit. The stakes are further intensified by economic uncertainty, drawn out exit horizons, a challenging debt market and dynamic valuations. As a result, value creation becomes even more challenging for all stakeholders.

Aligned interests are a hallmark of private equity. Yet the key findings of this report show there is a significant opportunity for sponsors and executives to ensure that cohesion is better prioritized. No single governance approach is ideal except to the extent it aligns with a given management team’s behaviors. The findings in this report can serve as a framework for sponsors and management when conducting mutual diligence ahead of a key hiring decision, or when seeking performance improvement. That framework is presented as the Nine Dimensions of Governance Fit®.

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2023 Winners List

Sponsor Location
AEA Investors New York, NY
ABRY Partners Boston, MA
Advent International Boston, MA
Apollo Global Management New York, NY
Arbor Investments Chicago, IL
Arcline Investment Management San Francisco, CA
Arlington Capital Partners Chevy Chase, MD
Arrowroot Capital Management Marina Del Rey, CA
Audax Private Equity Boston, MA
Bain Capital Boston, MA
Benford Capital Partners Chicago, IL
Bertram Capital Foster City, CA
Blue Point Capital Partners Cleveland, OH
The Carlyle Group Washington, DC
Centre Lane Partners New York, NY
Centre Partners Management New York, NY
Clearlake Capital Group Santa Monica, CA
Cortec Group New York, NY
DFW Capital Partners Teaneck, NJ
Freeman Spogli & Co. Los Angeles, CA
Frazier Healthcare Partners Seattle, WA
Frontier Growth Charlotte, NC
GenNx360 Capital Partners New York, NY
Great Hill Partners Boston, MA
Gridiron Capital New Canaan, CT
Gryphon Investors San Francisco, CA
Hellman & Friedman San Francisco, CA
Incline Equity Partners Pittsburgh, PA
Industrial Growth Partners San Francisco, CA
K1 Investment Management Manhattan Beach, CA
Kinderhook Industries New York, NY
Kohlberg & Company Mount Kisco, NY
L Catterton Greenwich, CT
Lincolnshire Management New York, NY
MiddleGround Capital Lexington, KY
MidOcean Partners New York, NY
NGPEnergy Capital Management Dallas, TX
One Equity Partners New York, NY
Pamlico Capital Charlotte, NC
Prairie Capital Chicago, IL
Pritzker Private Capital Chicago, IL
Providence Equity Partners Providence, RI
Roark Capital Group Atlanta, GA
Serent Capital San Francisco, CA
Shore Capital Partners Chicago, IL
Summit Partners Boston, MA
The Riverside Company New York, NY
Thoma Bravo Chicago, IL
Vista Equity Partners Austin, TX
Wynnchurch Capital Rosemont, IL