Case Study: COO Search for Leading Private Equity Firm

Finding and recruiting proven chief operating officer to lead scaled operations and growth initiatives.


Leading middle market private equity firm


  • President & COO Executive Search
  • Executive search


  • Healthcare services
  • Private equity
  • Healthcare

Building the CEO Bench

Thanks to a referral from a mutual, long-standing client in the investment banking arena, a leading middle market private equity firm — that specializes in making control investments in companies based in the consumer, healthcare, and business services industries — approached Focus Search Partners to recruit a chief operating officer (COO) and president for one of their most promising healthcare companies. They needed our team to find a proven COO who could quickly stabilize their new platform investment. Furthermore, they were looking for a candidate who would serve as a productive and capable partner to the company’s founder and who could potentially transition seamlessly into a future CEO role.

Focus Search Partners’ dedicated healthcare and private equity teams worked together to successfully recruit a proven executive for the role. Knowing that fit was critical, during the kick-off phase we conducted insightful cultural interviews and quickly began reviewing our bench and discreetly reaching out to industry contacts. Then, we initiated market outreach. From candidate to client interviews from negotiations to confidential and back-channel referencing, Focus Search Partners served as a steadfast partner.

Goals & Solutions



Recruited executive ensured scalability of the healthcare company

Lasting Relationships

Focus Search Partners maintains strong relationships with both the private equity client and the healthcare company

Ongoing Success

We continue to recruit leaders throughout the PE company’s portfolio

We have worked with thousands of clients across a diverse set of industries.