Eric Frickel leads the private equity and portfolio company leadership practice for Brainworks. Brainworks focuses on the recruiting needs of upper and middle management specifically within private equity investment teams and portfolio companies, investment banking, and corporate development & strategy.
During his 14 years in private equity and corporate finance executive search, Eric has successfully developed and managed numerous searches for pre and post MBA private equity investment teams placing top deal professionals. He has also been retained on several portfolio company CFO and Vice President of Finance positions with leading private equity groups. Additionally, Eric has represented many large and mid-market investment banking firms as well as corporate development and strategy groups of fortune companies. Eric has a unique capability of gaining full understanding of the clients he covers within his domain leveraging his background in consulting, investment banking, and public accounting. This background allows for a deep level understanding and technical screening of candidates’ knowledge of financial modeling, general business aptitude and overall transition into the buy side environments.
Eric previously started and managed the private equity search practice at a boutique firm in Atlanta, GA for 14 years before joining Brainworks in 2018. Eric began his career at Ernst & Young where he gained a strong background in accounting and M&A due diligence. He continued his career at a top middle market investment banking group at Duff & Phelps, in Chicago, IL as well as performed restructuring and litigation at Huron Consulting.
Eric holds a BS in accounting and finance from The University of Michigan. He resides in Greenwich, CT and is an avid runner and triathlete.