Smarter Executive Recruiting

Private Equity investors face several unique human capital challenges when identifying and growing investments, from assessing senior leaders to building the alignment and skill required to execute on strategy. Brainworks has a strong track record of partnering with investors to identify the human capital strategies most critical to achieving their investment thesis, accelerating value creation, and positioning them for a strong exit.

Private equity investors generally have great instincts in assessing leaders, but most PE leaders would say that one of their most time consuming and challenging responsibilities is talent management and engaging the right leaders for their businesses. Today, many PE investors lack the same rigor in securing leaders compared to the rigorous institutionalized process they undertake in acquiring companies.  BrainWorks institutionalizes the search process by utilizing unique qualitative and quantitative measurement tools and processes resulting in driving data-driven analysis in combination with instinct and gut feel

Functional Areas


Corporate Development & Strategy


Supply Chain & Operations

Sales & Marketing

Data Science & Analytics


Industry Groups


Business and Tech-Enabled Services

Consumer Products


Healthcare Services

Big Data/AI/SAAS

Practice Leader

Eric Frickel

Eric Frickel

15 Years of Experience

Completed Searches

  • CFO
  • CEO
  • COO
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Operating Partners
  • Head of Corporate Development
  • Investor Relations
  • Controller
  • Pre and Post MBA Investment Professionals


Client Endorsements

Eric [Brainworks] has done a great job for us at Blue Point. Despite the fact that we typically recruit off-cycle, he has been able to find highly qualified candidates that fit our culture – all within tight timeframes. We have also benefitted from the fact that Eric is able to source unique candidates from firms and locations that we don’t get from other recruiters.

Jonathan C. Pressnell

Blue Point Capital Partners

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