BOSTON—October 18, 2022— Bain & Company has announced leadership changes within its Private Equity (PE) practice. Rebecca Burack has been appointed as the new head of global PE. With this transition, Hugh MacArthur, will become the first global chairman of the PE practice.
Rebecca, whose tenure at Bain & Company has spanned nearly 25 years, will step into her new leadership role after having served as head of the Americas PE practice since 2018. Rebecca works with financial investors and other investment firms on fund strategy, operational diligence and post-acquisition value creation programs. In addition to full potential planning, her post-acquisition work focuses on immediately post-close ‘strong starts’ and business-to-business commercial excellence.
“As a leader in the firm’s Private Equity practice for many years, Rebecca is a trusted adviser to industry leaders around the world and serves as a mentor and role model for her teams,” said Bain’s Worldwide Managing Partner, Manny Maceda. “Her reputation and expertise will be invaluable to our largest PE clients as they look to address their most pressing strategy, organization and operations challenges.”
Hugh will become Bain’s first global chairman of the PE practice after he helped found the practice more than 25 years ago.
"Over the past two decades, Hugh has built the world's leading PE advisory practice, a practice more than triple the size of the next-largest consulting firm serving the PE industry and comprising of more than 2,000 experienced private equity experts," said Maceda. "Hugh is one of the most sought-after thought leaders and advisors for private equity managers, helping his clients to make smart decisions amid a rapidly changing private equity landscape. I am confident as the first global chairman of the Private Equity practice that he will continue to strengthen our client and people assets, and build on our reputation as a trusted advisor to financial investors.”
In her new role, Rebecca will continue to work with a variety of funds and alternative asset managers while overseeing the firm’s PE activities including several high-priority areas such as:
- Innovation: Bain continuously innovates across the investor value chain to deliver best-in-class insights and analysis to its investor clients and the companies they invest in. By combining its deep industry and sector expertise with the most up-to-date research, proprietary data, and advanced analytic capabilities, Bain positions its clients for competitive advantage.
- Integrated Due Diligence: Integrated due diligence lowers risk and enables funds to invest with higher confidence. Sizing up the value creation opportunity in any deal requires developing an integrated view of the target’s full potential. In order to invest with confidence and start early on creating value, it is critical to develop a holistic perspective on commercial excellence, operational improvement opportunities, and a company’s technology platform.
- Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG): Investors of private capital have influence over a swath of companies, how they operate and how they allocate resources to critical global imperatives including decarbonization. Bain supports its clients in ESG diligence to look beyond assessing risk, so that they can uncover opportunities that generate value. And Bain partners with management teams to drive change that generates financial and societal value.
Bain partner and PE practice member, Graham Rose, will replace Rebecca as head of Americas Private Equity at Bain. Graham works with a variety of investor clients supporting them in both diligence and post-acquisition settings across asset classes. In addition, he has worked extensively with investors on their own strategy and operating model choices. He has also played a number of roles across Bain’s talent and governance initiatives.
“What differentiates Bain is our commitment to partnering with our clients across the full investment cycle,” said Burack. “Graham’s ability to collaborate with funds from the diligence phase to successfully supporting faster returns post-acquisition will be a strategic asset to our clients across the region.”
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About Bain & Company’s Private Equity Business
Bain & Company is the leading consulting partner to the private equity (PE) industry and its stakeholders. Private equity consulting at Bain & Company has grown thirteen-fold over the past two decades and now represents about one-quarter of the firm’s global business. Bain & Company maintains a global network of more than 2,000 experienced professionals serving PE clients. The firm’s practice is more than triple the size of the next-largest consulting firm serving PE firms.
Bain & Company’s work with PE firms spans fund types – buyout, infrastructure, real estate and debt, as well as hedge funds – and many of the most prominent institutional investors, such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments and family investment offices. Bain & Company supports its clients across a broad range of objectives that include deal generation, due diligence, immediate post-acquisition, ongoing value addition, exit, firm strategy and operations, and institutional investor strategy.