Recruit Rockstars 319: The Private Scoop on how Private Equity hires

When it comes to P.E., there’s likely no better than Thoma Bravo.
The firm has a 40-year history, $35 billion in investor commitments, and invests in software & technology companies
Based in Chicago & San Francisco, Thoma Bravo has acquired over 200 companies. Such as Barracuda, J.D. Power, McAfee, TravelClick, and Ellie Mae.
I wanted to get the scoop on how they’ve been so successful & how they hire at the portfolio company level.
So I tracked down Hannah Johnson, Head of Human Resources.
Hannah leads the fund’s recruitment & retention efforts,, aligns human capital with the strategic goals of the business, and guards the unique Thoma Bravo culture.
Prior to Thoma Bravo, she led the HR efforts for Perkins+Will and Pierre-Yves Rochon, both architecture and design firms.
In this 20-minute conversation, Hannah shares the guiding principles of talent that have crafted Thoma Bravo’s enviable track record.

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