The Operational Excellence Special 2012

Hail the Operators

Operational value creation is arguably the private equity industry's best route to superior returns and reputational redemption.


This, Private Equity International's very first Operational Excellence supplement includes the results of our inaugural Operational Excellence Awards, which was a great success in terms of both quantity and quality of the entries we received. The judges, including Edi Truell and David Turner, Jie Gong and Stephen Kaplan, singled out 16 recent private equity investments from three continents that, in their view, best exemplify private equity value creation as it should be done. 

The supplement also contains an insightful interview with Guy Hands, uncovering what he has learned about how an operating model should work. And we examine the latest thinking on operational efforts within private equity including:

  • how different value creation models work
  • how LPs seek out proof of concept
  • how ESG can be a driver of value
  • and how operators and deal people differ