CFO | LIFE SCIENCES | PRIVATE EQUITY
Executive Search | Adding a strong CFO was the key condition of the Private Equity firm
Through a warm recommendation of a UK M&A Due Diligence Partner, an American specialized Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Firm wanted to invest significantly into a fast-growing Dutch Life Sciences company with operations in Europe and North America. A key condition for the Private Equity firm was to add a strong CFO to the existing Dutch Management Team. After handling many questions and pitching my services to the CEO and other Board members, who didn’t have the experience working with Private Equity as dealing with American investors yet, we won the trust of the Board and the Dutch CEO.
The search process went smooth and structured as upfront agreed meeting all the deliverables and milestones. Within 6 weeks we presented 3 strong qualified candidates to the CEO and the Board. As always, we recommended our clients to interview the person and not the CV, as they liked very much the CV of the candidate with Big 4 and CPA background and relevant sector experience in Healthcare & Life Sciences. However, the personality, competencies, motivation and presentation of a very talented RC candidate with senior N-1 management experience gained at large Dutch banks and insurance companies combined with his international private equity experience managing portfolio of companies, made in the end the difference.
Richard A. Vincent is Organizational Psychologist and Managing Partner & Founder of RIVIONT. He is a trusted advisor to international boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and medium-sized family businesses as private equity backed businesses. Richard is an expert in Executive Search, Leadership Team Performance and Organizational Culture. He has built professional services businesses in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Singapore and has been a holder of Pan-European and Asia-Pacific senior leadership positions across 27 countries and 70 offices in the EMEA & APAC region with private and public listed firms such as Robert Half and Korn Ferry. Richard earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Amsterdam (1995). He is a Certified trainer/coach of psychometric, behavioral and culture assessment tools and certified NLP practitioner.