Do You Have Private Equity DNA? Find Out at September Experts Connection Teleseminar

Published: Tue Sep 14 2010

Even in troubled financial times, there is an allure about working in the field of private equity. Many executives dream of finding a private equity portfolio firm that allows them to work in an unconventional setting and earn bigger salaries. In the next session of Experts Connection (, Mary Kier, CEO of Cook Associates Executive Search, will review what it takes to be hired by private equity firms in a session entitled "The Private Equity DNA - Do You Have What It Takes?" The teleseminar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET, (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT), and is sponsored by NETSHARE® (

Mary notes that after 20 years of recruiting for private equity portfolio firms, she has determined that executives need to have a specific kind of DNA to be considered as a viable candidate. Just saying you are an entrepreneur is not enough. You need to demonstrate real value and your ability to not only adapt but thrive in a private equity setting.

In this 90-minute teleseminar, Mary will explain the intricacies of finding a career in private equity, including the qualifications you will need to be considered. The discussion will include:

• The top characteristics every executive should have before considering the private equity world.
• What private equity firms look for and why.
• Understanding the difference in scope and scale between private equity firms and public, private, and family-held held companies.
• The specific skills you should highlight and how to gear your resume.
• How the interview process differs.
• What is expected once you land at a private equity portfolio firm.

"The current economic crunch has forced private equity companies to find new ways to create value, and that means new opportunities for professionals with the right expertise," said Katherine Simmons, CEO of NETSHARE and host of the Experts Connection teleseminars. "Drawing from decades of experience in private equity recruiting, Mary will explain what it takes to attract the attention of private equity firms in the current market climate and how to present your skills so you will be hired."

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

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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