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Lancer Group Presents: "1+1=3" – Creating High-Performance Mgmt. Teams in PE
Join us for this panel with 3 PE-backed CEOs of scale who are experienced in navigating transformational change within PE-Backed portfolio companies to generate returns. Our panelists include:

* Laura Ipsen – President & CEO, Ellucian (Backed by TPG and LGP)
* Christa Quarles – CEO, Corel (Backed by KKR)
* Sharon Love – President & CEO, Community Brands (Backed by Insight Partners)

In Bain & Co’s recently released Global Private Equity Report 2021, 71% of survey respondents said the caliber of the management team is the main source of deal success. 64% of respondents believe unsuccessful exits are due in part to the management team lacking the requisite skills – only 1% less than the top answer, unfavorable shifts in industry or competitive dynamics.

Bain concluded that “many firms see the value creation plan as an indispensable guide for planning – except when it comes to determining specifically who they need to execute those plans.” By failing to identify a nuanced set of competencies needed across the management team for a particular company at its stage of growth to achieve operational goals, firms are leaving money on the table.

On Friday, June 25, our panel of successful PE-Backed CEOs will be discussing how to create a high-performing management team and best execute a cultural transformation in order to drive returns over a portfolio company's next stage of growth. 

We will focus on the strategies CEOs and their investors can use to generate returns and "de-risk" investments by creating a high-performance team, driving cultural transformation, and aligning operational capability with growth objectives.

Jun 25, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Laura Ipsen
President & CEO @Ellucian
Laura Ipsen is President and CEO of Ellucian. Laura has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive, working to drive transformation in the public and private sectors and spur adoption of comprehensive solutions in high-growth industries. Laura joined Ellucian from Oracle Corporation, where she most recently served as general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Marketing Cloud—leading all customer-facing aspects of the business, including sales, account management, marketing, and customer services. Previously, she served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide public sector organization, where she led a team of more than 2,000 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers in more than 100 countries. Laura currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Verisk, a leading data analytics provider, as well as the Business-Higher Ed Forum (BHEF) based in Washington, DC.
Christa Quarles
CEO @Corel
Christa Quarles serves as Corel's CEO and sits on the company's Board of Directors. Joining Corel in 2020, Christa is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience leading companies and spearheading financial and operational initiatives. As CEO of OpenTable, she led a period of transformational change, navigating the company’s transition to cloud-based, small business solutions, and drove meaningful bottom- and top-line growth across its global operations. Christa also recently served as an Operating Partner at Advent International. Prior to joining OpenTable, she served as Chief Business Officer of Nextdoor. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Vice President, Interactive Games at The Walt Disney Company, where she led Disney Interactive to profitability. Christa also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Affirm and Kimberly-Clark. She received a BS in Economics and German from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sharon Love
President & CEO @Community Brands
Sharon Love is the CEO of Community Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, faith-based groups, and K-12 schools. With more than 2000 employees serving over 120,000 clients in 30 countries, they help organizations grow stronger and achieve their missions. Sharon comes with a lot of experience as an executive in private equity owned businesses such as Social Solutions Global and CentralSquare. Earlier in her career she worked with big brands such as NCR, Lenovo, and FedEx