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In a changing world,

human capital is your strongest asset.

Private Equity

Korn Ferry’s Private Equity Center of Expertise focuses on serving the Private Capital community attract, develop, and retain best-in-class talent. Our team members have been serving the Private Capital community in executive search since the early 1990’s allowing our deep industry relationships across the continuum of general partners, limited partners, hedge funds, and key service providers to identify and cross reference candidates from multiple perspectives to ensure they fit your culture and strategic needs. We offer a full range of solutions to ensure you have the best talent, including strategic search, high-potential and executive leadership development, competency and simulation-based assessments, succession planning, and talent management strategy.


The Private Equity Practice serves clients pursuing a wide array of investment strategies including: LBO, venture, mezzanine, restructuring, distressed-for-control as well as other esoteric long-dated investment strategies. Our clients include:

  • General Partners: private equity, real estate, infrastructure, long-dated credit 
  • Limited Partners and other indirect investment firms/secondaries 
  • Hedge Funds active in private capital markets 
  • Key Service Providers to GPs and LPs, including third-party placement agents and advisory firms Additionally, the Private Equity Practice works closely with our financial sponsor clients to bring to bear the full capabilities of Korn Ferry’s talent advisory capabilities for the benefit of their portfolio companies.

Typical Recruitment projects include:

Investment Team Members, Operating Partners/Advisors, Capital Raising Professionals, Fund Operations (CFO, COO, GC), Limited Partner Investment Teams, Fund Leadership and Succession Projects (Managing Partner, CEO, President.). We also work with Korn Ferry’s industry leaders serving the talent management needs of the GP’s portfolio companies. These assignments typically focus on recruiting for CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, Head of Business Development, President’s, etc.

Global presence and local expertise.

Korn Ferry’s Private Equity practice has dedicated team members in New York, Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, Colombia, Hong Kong, Mexico, San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto. Our experienced consultants have worked in and with the world’s leading private equity firms. Our practice has deep expertise and collaborates as a global team to ensure you have candidates that meet your specific needs and cultures. Senior partners lead our engagements to ensure candidates are treated as peers. We are the only firm that can help you both identify internal and external talent and develop them simultaneously through engaging, proven solutions that meet and exceed their expectations. No matter where you are in your organization’s growth or investment cycle – your ability to attract, develop, and retain the best leaders is critical to long-term success.