In May and June of this year, Private Equity International surveyed a group of professionals in the private equity industry with responsibility for investor relations, marketing and communications (many of these professionals are in charge of all things communicative). It is believed to be the first survey of its kind in an industry that is in the midst of a hiring boom for in-house IR and communications professionals. In particular, executive search professionals report being very actively engaged in assignments to find talented investor relations professionals for private equity firms.
The survey drew 99 respondents from North America and Europe. The results were presented to PEI's debut North American Investor Relations and Communications Forum. Excerpts of the survey results are presented on this and the facing page.