Future 40 Leaders – 2022: Operators

40 under 40: Future Leaders of Private Equity. Meet the operators who are making the magic happen.

Khalida Ali

Khalida Ali, 37
Director, diversity and inclusion
Vista Equity Partners

Before joining Vista Equity Partners in 2019, Khalida Ali worked in recruiting and talent management at Bank of America, and held diversity and inclusion management roles at NBCUniversal and Zendesk. Ali uses the skills gained from these roles to bring new perspectives on how to approach diversity at Vista, where she is responsible for delivering the company’s DE&I strategy.

Passionate about facilitating access for all, Ali has created opportunities for under-represented groups within the tech and finance industry via internship programmes. She also helped launch Vista’s Conscious Inclusion programme, which educates employees on unconscious bias and provides workshops to help change behaviours. Ali has developed resources for Vista’s portfolio companies, introducing a DE&I Guide to help facilitate best practice. As of 31 December 2021, 93 percent of the firm’s portfolio companies have formal DE&I personnel or committees in place.

 

Tobias Klaiber

Tobias Klaiber, 38
Operating partner,
Aurelius Group

Aurelius Group’s Tobias Klaiber is cited by several market peers as being a luminary within the operator class. Klaiber occupies a unique position in the market, taking on the dual role of working as an operating partner for Aurelius and acting as CEO for portfolio companies such as footwear business Scholl Shoes, helping to guide transformation and turnaround investments.

Peers describe him as being “a highly empathetic leader” with the ability to transform businesses from special situations to growth cases in short time frames. Another says Klaiber has the “ability to quickly understand operational needs” and become familiar with the diverse business models of portfolio companies. The Milan-based partner is also commended for his “passionate and involving leadership style”.

 

Andy Pickens

Andy Pickens, 33
Managing director, data and digital transformation
Apollo Global Management

Andy Pickens has made his mark at Apollo Global Management since joining the firm’s performance portfolio solutions team in 2018. One of his priorities is leveraging data analytics to create value, and as a result he has played a key role in improving the performance of Apollo’s portfolio companies.

At Sun Country Airlines, for example, he helped establish a digital marketing function, implemented an analytics engine and secured a new agency partnership. He also supported Apollo’s spinout of supply chain software business Blume Global and led the firm’s operational engagement with staffing company EmployBridge.

Aside from his digital transformation duties, Pickens has accelerated portfolio company growth by employing data-driven business strategies. An example is his development of the Apollo Data Asset Engine, which has been implemented at 10 portfolio companies.

 

Olivia Prentice

Olivia Prentice, 33
Partner and head of impact
Bridges Fund Management

As head of impact at Bridges Fund Management, Olivia Prentice works to incorporate impact-driven value creation throughout the firm’s investment process, as well as leading the firm’s research and development activities in this area.

Prentice recently returned to Bridges following a secondment to the Impact Management Project, which she co-founded in 2016 to help build market consensus on sustainability and impact management. The initiative brought together over 2,000 organisations from across the sector to agree shared definitions and norms, which led to the development of the IMP’s five dimensions of impact and impact classes. She also led the creation of the Impact Management Platform, which launched last year with the goal of helping investors and enterprises understand how existing standards can be used together to manage sustainability impacts.

She is also a guest lecturer at Oxford University, LSE and Columbia Business School.

 

 

Corrections note: BC Partners’ Mark Richards was originally listed in the Operators category. He has been moved to the appropriate category of Dealmakers