The first port of call for your portfolio company executive needs

Private Equity firms use our proactively built talent network and flexible on-demand recruiting products for their most crucial C-Suite hires.

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A modern approach to executive recruiting

Built specifically for private equity use cases, including:

  • Targets Under LOI

    Find a CEO who can step in on day one when you close a new deal

  • CEOs-in-Waiting

    Identify and recruit Presidents, COOs, and Board Directors who can help transition out a retiring leader

  • Strategic CFOs

    Upgrade the finance function with leaders who can operate effectively in a leveraged environment

We proactively recruit the best executives for roles at PE-backed companies into our network

Our Products

  • THE SHORTLIST

    Get matched with relevant candidates for your specific need within five business days.
    • Roles filled: CEO, CFO, COO, President, Board Director

    • Company Type: Existing Portfolio Company or Target Under LOI

    • No upfront cost

    • 25% Executive Placement Fee

    • Flat Fee for Board Director and Operating Partner Placements

    Fast access to top talent.

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  • SEARCH ON-DEMAND

    Go beyond The Shortlist with a low risk, research-driven search built for speed.
    • Roles filled: CEO, CFO, COO, President, Board Director, Operating Partner

    • Company Type: Existing Portfolio Company or Target Under LOI

    • Small month-to-month access fee

    • 25% Executive Placement Fee

    • Flat Fee for Board Director and Operating Partner Placements

    An ‘on-off’ switch for executive search.

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  • WHITE GLOVE

    A fractional Chief Talent Officer service for all of your executive talent needs.
    • Roles filled: Deal Advisors, Backable Execs, CEO, CFO, COO, President, Board Director, Operating Partner

    • Company Type: Existing Portfolio Company, Target Under LOI, Pre-LOI Target, Broader Industry Search

    • Monthly access fee

    • Reduced Executive Placement Fee

    • Flat Fee for Board Director and Operating Partner Placements

    Go beyond your existing portco needs.

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  • WITH ON DEMAND SOLUTIONS designed for speed and accuracy

    There is no upfront cost for a Shortlist. And our low-cost search products serve as a seamless extension of your workflow. We’re here to better serve your needs while upending the traditional executive search model.

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  • AND A PROACTIVELY BUILT NETWORK

    We’ve spent years building a network of active and passive executive job seekers capable of excelling in a PE-backed environment. And our research database is second-to-none.

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  • ACROSS THE INDUSTRIES MOST IMPORTANT TO PRIVATE EQUITY

    Executives from leading services, distribution, and manufacturing companies with senior leadership experience across an array of end-markets.

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Testimonials

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Because of its flexible approach and ability to quickly generate a high-quality shortlist, we go to Rate of Return for time sensitive executive needs as well as more in-depth executive search processes. It's a great resource for finding top executives for our current and prospective portfolio companies.

Sean Dougherty
Inverness Graham
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Rate of Return is a go-to resource for our executive talent needs. It's fast, accurate and has a keen ability to match us with value creating executives.

Baron Carlson
AEA Investors
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Rate of Return was refreshingly transparent, well connected to the client, and helpful to me. I was starting to think about my next move when Rate of Return connected me with the team at Inverness Graham. IG was beginning to look for a CEO for one of their portfolio companies and, with the help of Rate of Return, IG interviewed me for the role. I took the position shortly thereafter. Rate of Return made the whole process seamless.

Rick Leaman
CEO of EiKO Global
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When it comes to recruiting executive talent, Rate of Return's speed and accuracy are second to none. Their ability to really understand what we're looking for and actively filter for it with real-time, clear communication consistently delivers great results.

Will Swayne
CI Capital Partners
OUR PROCESS

Find Talent On Your Terms And Boost Your Rate of Return.

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