PRACTICE AREAS

INDUSTRIES

Essenta has five core industry practices spanning a range of specialist sectors. We ensure that your leadership team and executive pipeline are optimised for your business situation.

We offer bespoke executive search and talent solutions across the full private equity cycle. We have structured our Private Equity practice to reflect the situational challenges faced by investors. This holistic approach enables us to understand our clients better, so that we can introduce the best people for raising, investing and maximising return on capital, at the optimal time.

  • Private equity fund infrastructure and investor relations
  • Investment teams, portfolio teams, operating partners and advisors
  • Portfolio company management teams and non-execs

Our track record spans all fund sizes and strategies from venture and growth capital, through to global buy-out funds; specialists in the mid-market.

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

PE FUND

Large-Cap, Global Buyout Fund

Operating Partner, Portfolio Chief Financial Officer

Global PE Fund

Head of Investor Relations

Mid-Market PE

Operating Partner, Finance

Mid-Market Multi-Asset PE

Investment Director

PE PORTFOLIO

Growth Investor – Global Consumer Product

Chairman

Mid-Market PE – SAAS

Chief Executive Officer

Mid-Market PE – Network Services

Chief Executive Officer

Mid-Market PE – Consumer Product

Chief Executive Officer

Mid-Market PE – Consulting & Industrial Services

Chief Operating Officer

PRACTICE TEAM

Innovation and technology have accelerated the development of consumer industries creating a constant need to evaluate strategies and routes to market. The influential consumer is paramount in the direct to consumer movement and has encouraged both large and small organisations to drive a more customer-centric vision.

Essenta has integrated technology and digital expertise within the Consumer practice which includes five key sectors: retail, luxury, direct to consumer, consumer packaged goods, travel, leisure and hospitality. We operate globally having forged strong relationships across the world with no territorial restrictions. The benefit of understanding international markets provides in depth industry knowledge with the ability to identify high performing executives outside of domestic parameters.

As industry experts we work cross functionally where recent work has seen us deliver on CEO, CFO, CMO, CDO, CSCO and COO mandates. Our clients range from private equity portfolio businesses to listed multinational’s focusing our solutions around the situational requirement.

Our consumer team brings together the consumer industries with a thorough understanding of leadership, organisational design and market intelligence.

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

Blackmores

Chief Executive Officer, China

Co-Op

Head of Trading

Moteefe

Chief Financial Officer

Mous

Chairman

Very Group

Corporate Finance Director

O2

Director of Retail & Online Multichannel

PRACTICE TEAM

Focusing on leading companies that deliver products and services into the business customer, we work across a range of organisations from high growth private equity-backed businesses through to publicly listed multinationals.

The sector has grown substantially, as these organisations look to outsource non-core activities. Those who focus on technology, operational efficiency and increasing value for their customers will determine who will succeed in leveraging the future market opportunities.

Essenta’s track record is working with businesses looking to leverage new market dynamics or pivot their organisation to maximise value.

We have extensive experience in the following markets:

  • Data, Digital and Information services
  • Supply Chain and Distribution
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Manufacturing

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

Experian

Managing Director, Go-to-Market

IWG

Chief Executive Officer, UK

Rubix

Marketing Director

Ricardo

Chief Technology Officer

Parity

Chief Operating Officer

VPS Group

Chief Information Officer

Broadstone

Chief Financial Officer

Key Travel

Chief Commercial Officer

PRACTICE TEAM

In a time where businesses face the challenges of globalisation, emerging and converging technologies, cybersecurity threats and an ever-changing regulatory/governance landscape, success in the digital domain is dependent on the ability to react to market opportunity and threats, adapt, transform and evolve your business models, products and routes to market. Having the right leadership equipped with the skills and experience to deal with these challenges has never been more important.

We partner with B2B and B2C businesses of all sizes across the technology and digital ecosystem, identifying and engaging leaders across the key functional areas that will drive transformation agendas.

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

Movez AI

Chief Executive Officer

Avantra

Chief Executive Officer

Zoopla

Digital Sales Director

Bionic

Chief Financial Officer

Exclaimer

Chief Financial Officer

TravelPort

Vice President, Sales, Europe

XE.com

Managing Director, Europe

SilverRail

Senior Director, Commercial

PRACTICE TEAM

Consultancy and advisory firms have thrived in today’s rapidly changing world. This has seen a rise of disruptive and growth orientated ‘challenger’ firms that are capturing market share while building deep-rooted relationships with both multinational and entrepreneurial clients. Large scale consultancies are moving towards more agile cultures and understanding the importance of investing across a variety of international markets.

Consulting firms have diversified and expanded their service lines and industry specialisations either organically or through M&A activity. As the landscape becomes even more competitive, the commitment to build and integrate teams that have both origination and executional ability is paramount to the continued growth and sustainability of the consulting firms.

Our Consultancy & Advisory practice has a wealth of experience in representing firms where the demand for talent is reflected in their situational circumstances. Our team has a unique offering in that it works in unison with each of Essenta’s core industry and functional practices to offer the best advice. Whether a build out, generic upskilling, market entry or service line diversification, we have developed strong networks of executives that bring expertise and diversity to our clients’ management teams.

Our core pillars of expertise sit within strategy, operations, transformational and technology consulting. Our team and Partners have represented different ownership structures accommodating multinationals, private equity portfolio brands and leading boutiques with a track record of team builds in the USA, EMEA and Asia.

SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

PE Backed Operations Consultancy Firm

Partner

PE Backed Industrials Firm: In-house Strategy Team

Director

Strategy Firm

Partner

Strategy Firm

Principal

PE Backed Technology & Transformation Consultancy Firm

Partner

Boutique Strategy Firm

Partner

Big 4 Consulting Firm

Partner

PE backed Operational Strategy Consulting Firm

Senior Leadership Team Build

PRACTICE TEAM

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

I have worked with Essenta on numerous search projects.  They really understand the private equity landscape and ‘what good looks like’ in terms of candidates and process management . They have a unique perspective and understanding of what makes a real difference in private equity, specifically in terms of value creation.  This brings a differentiated approach to their search processes. They stand-out in the market and challenge us to make better decisions and be better investors.  Their process is robust and challenging of our thinking as a client; this lends itself to higher quality outcomes.  Their approach is very different to the majority of the search market.

Tom Redpath – Investment Director
Bridges Fund

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

Essenta Partners are the most progressive team I’ve ever worked with and are focused on your business growth first and foremost. They do this by helping you get the right candidates in place, even ahead of you knowing you needed a change! Their modern, boutique and high touch service is second to none and they serve as a key partner in developing our business strategically and ensure the highest quality – they have set the bar in my opinion!

Keri-Lynne Shaw – EVP Global Human Resources
Global Brands Group

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

Experian has worked with the team at Essenta Partners for many years.  They have a deep understanding of our business and a track record of helping us secure some outstanding leaders for our business as it continues to evolve.  They are responsive to our requirements and operate as true partners – they are also good to deal with and down to earth.

Mark Wells - Group HRD
Experian

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

Zoopla selected Essenta as our search and recruitment partner of choice for sourcing high calibre leaders in our Commercial function based upon their successful track record and a range of testimonials from their other clients.  Charlie and his team swiftly built an understanding of our requirements and have delivered a range of candidates suited to our needs with speed and efficiency, allowing us to accelerate our transformation.

Andy Marshall - Chief Commercial Officer
Zoopla

WHAT OUR CLIENTS THINK

Essenta was a superb partner for us in sourcing our new management team. They really got inside the brief and were able to find a very diverse and talented set of candidates for our quite unique organisation. They reached across different functions and sectors seamlessly, by applying an entrepreneurial approach rooted in deeply understanding who we are and what we were looking for.

Tony Danker – CEO
Be the Business & Productivity Leadership Group