Can You Work for a Privately Funded Company? Experts Connection Tells You If You Have “Private Equity DNA”

Recruiter Mary Kier Explains What it Takes to Work for a Private Equity Company, and How To Present Your Expertise to Get Hired


Novato, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/08/2011 -- According to a recent Dow Jones report, Wall Street should see a resurgence in private equity investing this year. According to Renaissance Capital, there are already 35 IPOs in the wings for 2011 worth at least $16 billion. Many executives dream of the big IPO cash out that can come with private equity backing, but to succeed you need something special. In the next session of Experts Connection (, Mary Kier, CEO of Cook Associates Executive Search, will explain “The Private Equity DNA - Do You Have What It Takes?” The teleseminar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET, (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT), and is sponsored by NETSHARE® (

Mary has more than 20 years of experience recruiting executives for private equity portfolio companies. She has identified a specific type of personality and skill set, a unique professional DNA, needed to success at a private equity-backed companies. It’s not enough to think like an entrepreneur. You need to demonstrate that you understand how to create value, have the commitment, and are willing to take the risks needed to grab the brass ring.

In this 90-minute session Mary will explain what it takes to work with a privately funded company and the qualifications you will need to be considered. Topics of discussion will include:

• The primary characteristics every executive needs to have to be considered for a job in a private equity company

• What private equity companies are looking for in candidates and why.

• What skills do you need to highlight on your resume and how you want to be perceived to get hired at a start-up or privately funded company.

• What the differences are between private equity firms and public, private, or family-owned companies.

• How the interview process differs with a private equity company.

• What to expect once you are hired by a private equity portfolio firm.

“Financial experts are predicting a resurgence in private equity activity this year, so it’s the perfect time to see for you to look for a privately funded firm for your next job, assuming you have what it takes,” noted Katherine Simmons, CEO of NETSHARE and host of the Experts Connection teleseminars. “Mary has been recruiting for private equity portfolio companies for a long time, and she knows what you need to be successful. This is the perfect session for anyone considering a private equity company as his or her next career move.”

The Experts Connection teleseminar series gives executives access to leading career experts. The cost of the seminar is $60, $50 for NETSHARE members, and access is provided via web and telephone. For more information, visit the Experts Connection online at htpp://

About Mary Kier
Mary Kier has been with Cook Associates Executive Search since 1984 and now serves as the firm’s CEO. In addition to her own Consumer Products and Services search practice, Mary leads the Consumer & Retail practice, managing an integrated team of consultants specializing in Consumer Services, Consumer Durables and Non-Durable Goods, CPG, and FMCG. She also serves as the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion practice leader. Mary is actively involved in the firm’s partnership with InterSearch – one of the top ten worldwide executive search consortiums. Her search work encompasses CEO’s, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, Divisional Presidents as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR and Operations. Mary earned her BS degree in Management and Industrial Relations, graduating with honors.

NETSHARE ( is a confidential, membership based organization dedicated to providing executives across all disciplines and industries with quality $100K plus job lists. NETSHARE also offers networking opportunities and a community of peers for the exchange of strategic information related to job search, professional development and best practices. NETSHARE has been recognized by Fortune and Forbes magazines as the best online destination for executive positions.

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