51 episodes

PepTalks: Map of the Maze is a podcast all about Private Equity Leadership. Each episode we will explore a theme related specifically to Private Equity backed and entrepreneurial companies with a PE backed CEO or subject matter expert.

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

PepTalks: Map of the Maze is a podcast all about Private Equity Leadership. Each episode we will explore a theme related specifically to Private Equity backed and entrepreneurial companies with a PE backed CEO or subject matter expert.

    David Bowes, Chief People Officer, Xalient

    David Bowes, Chief People Officer, Xalient

    For this episode of the PepTalks Podcast, we are joined by culture, talent and HR expert David Bowes…
    David is a highly successful and high-growth Chief People Officer under PE ownership, having held the position at WDS, A Xerox Company, Phlexglobal and Xalient. We discuss the role of the chief people officer, including what a good people strategy looks like, building your top team and how to hire, retain and develop talent throughout your organisation.

    • 43 min
    Paul Stanley, CEO, Achilles - Strategic Repositioning

    Paul Stanley, CEO, Achilles - Strategic Repositioning

    In this episode of the PepTalks Podcast, we are talking all about strategy and how to build a winning value creation plan under PE ownership with Achilles CEO, Paul Stanley.
    Paul has held 7 PE backed CEO roles, the last 4 of which he took on when the business was underperforming so he could implement a successful strategic repositioning. Paul shares his approach to building a strategy by focusing on the business's purpose, culture and key customers. He then shows us how you can translate this into an effective value creation plan.

    • 44 min
    Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages - Operating Models

    Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages - Operating Models

    This episode of the PepTalks Podcast is all about operating models and how they can be successfully implemented into a PE-backed business to drive value, culture, innovation and set you up for a successful exit.
    Our expert guest is Forge Holiday Group & Sykes Holiday Cottages CEO, Graham Donoghue, who has successfully implemented OKRs into the business resulting in a 9x return for Livingbridge and enterprise value of £400m upon their last exit in 2019. Graham attributes a large amount of his success to the successful implementation of OKRs. Listen to hear his full story.

    • 48 min
    Richard Madden, CEO, DC Advisory UK - PE Deals Market Update

    Richard Madden, CEO, DC Advisory UK - PE Deals Market Update

    For this episode of the PepTalks Podcast, we are joined by regular guest, Richard Madden, for an update on the state of the private equity deals market. Richard is CEO of DC Advisory UK a leading international investment bank who provide buy and sell-side advice during PE transactions and other M&A activity.
    We discuss how the economic climate has affected the market over the course of this year and what we can expect over the next 6 to 12 months.

    • 33 min
    David Brennan, Executive Chair, Nexus Vehicle Rental

    David Brennan, Executive Chair, Nexus Vehicle Rental

    For this episode of the PepTalks Podcast, we welcome David Brennan, Executive Chair of Nexus Vehicle Rentals for the second time to discuss his continuing journey with the business. David was CEO of Nexus for 9 years and steered the company through 3 PE transactions before recently transitioning to Exec Chair.
    We discuss how to drive organic growth through effective sales and marketing, developing your management team and succession planning for the CEO role.

    • 36 min
    Andrew Dyckhoff, Founder & CEO, Strengths Unleashed

    Andrew Dyckhoff, Founder & CEO, Strengths Unleashed

    For this episode of The PepTalks Podcast, we are joined by Andrew Dyckhoff, Founder and CEO of Strengths Unleashed, who are experts in assessment, development and advisory, helping energise individual leaders, their teams and organisations to release untapped potential, transform performance and deliver outstanding results.
    Our main area of discussion is around personal and organisational energy and why it is so important when delivering the growth required under private equity ownership.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

dominicriley ,

A very good podcast

Short interviews with an interesting range of people from both sides of the investing fence...both investors and management. Maybe in the future we could hear from a few people who admit to mistakes and tell us what they have learnt. PE is a portfolio business and all deals contribute to the success of the portfolio.

Toy shop ,

Very informative

These interviews are fantastic: very informative & diverse (each one tells you something different). Sound quality is good and the length is just right. Well done Sam & team!

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