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Private Equity: The Data Centric Economy

Thursday, 6 June 2019 -

We were delighted to host La Fosse's annual event for Private Equity investors and Operating Partners, along with the Board and Executive leadership of Private Equity backed businesses.

The event was commercially-focused rather than technical, and designed for individuals from a commercial leadership background rather than Data specialists.


The discussion was facilitated by:

Jonathan McKay, Chairman of La Fosse Associates, Forward Partners, Driftrock and ISG Technology Ltd, former Chair of JustGiving.


The panel included:

  - Ryan den RooijenGlobal Director of Data Services, Dyson. Ex Global Capabilities Lead, Insights & Analytics at Google

  - Mike Smith - Ex senior Technology and Product leader at Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Corbis and Walt Disney. Current Chief Technology and Product Officer of Barclays Ventures

  - Carla Stent - NED whose former and current placements include Virgin Group, Barclays Bank plc, Octopus Group, Thomas Cook Group, Savernake Capital Group, JP
Morgan Elect plc, the Post Office

  - Martin McPhee - Digital and Data Operating Advisor at Advent International Private Equity, and CEO of Exponential M Ltd

  - Lisa Weaver Lambert - Digital and data-led transformation and commercial strategy specialist: clients include Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, Camelot Group (National Lottery), Virgin Active, De Beers Group, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Partnership, Coca-Cola, Tesco, EE, Virgin Media, Barclays and Santander

  - Matthew Richardson - Advisor to investors and Private Equity-backed management teams, for example Moteefe and Castle Trust. Ex-Chief Technology Officer & Chief
Product Officer at Hometrack, the leading property data and analytics business, prior to its sale to Zoopla Property Group plc. Previously held executive roles responsible for tech, data and product with, Vitality and Simplifydigital.


A cross-industry panel discussed the impact and commercial applications of Data, including:

   - The power of data to drive decisions from an asset-finding and value-creation standpoint

   - The shift to selling services rather than goods

   - How to leverage data from due diligence through to post acquisition

   - When not to employ a data strategy


Format of the day:

Arrival: 7:30-8am - Breakfast will be provided before the discussion

Panel Discussion: 8.15 – 10:00am

Q&A and Networking: 10:15 – 11:00am

Free to attend


For more information on the event, or if you have any questions about our PE capability, get in touch with Emma Roderick at, or call on 02079322066.

Emma Roderick leads the La Fosse Private Equity Practice in the UK and Europe. She works closely with the Interim Recruitment Team to place Board, Executive or C-Suite level individuals into their portfolio companies, to help drive and transform the business in line with the strategic agenda, strengthen internal capability and create
value. She also partners closely with the Executive Search team to place permanent counterparts.

Emma has 5 years’ experience in Private Equity and Portfolio recruitment across both UK and International markets. Notable clients include Bain, Advent, Ardian, J.C Flowers and Neo, with portfolio businesses including Consolis, Williams Lea Tag, SLV, Castle Trust and Victoria Beckham.