Becoming a Non-Exec Chair in a Private Equity World | Report

Beyond the C-suite: Navigating the Non-Exec Chair role in a PE-backed world

SI Partners and Grace Blue hosted a recent networking and panel discussion designed to help leaders interested in a career beyond the C-suite, and how to navigate becoming a Non-Exec Chair in a Private Equity-backed company.

Following the event, we have produced a paper summarising the panel discussion. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the key advice for anyone interested in pursuing this avenue, especially coming from the world of media, technology and communications. This is based on input from the key stakeholders in appointing a NXC:

  • The NXC: John Farrell, Founder & Principal at John Farrell & Associates
  • The PE Talent Leader: Cordelia Dolan, Global Head of Portfolio Talent at Investindustrial
  • The PE Investor: David Andrews, Partner at LDC of Lloyds Banking Group
  • The Headhunter: Sarah Skinner, EMEA CEO at Grace Blue Partnership                                                                                  

Download the NXC report

Panel highlights 

You can also watch some highlights from the panel discussion below.

1.  Understanding the role of the Non-Exec Chair with John Farrell.


2.   Thinking ahead is key to navigating your future career as a Chair with Sarah Skinner


3. Cordelia Dolan: Understand what skill sets and traits a PE firm really looks for.


4. Know how to reframe your  executive career for Non-Exec Chair roles