The Kingfish Team

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Jonathan Goldenstein, Co-founder, Kingfish Group

"We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals."

Johnny Acosta

Divyanshu Bali

Emile Bjerkholt

Vinay Borar

Graeme Clements

Christian Dubiel

Jean-Baptiste Elgin-Cossart

Parker French

Tanushka Gandhi

Joe Germain

Vinayak Ghosh

Jonathan Goldenstein

Henry Hollen

Sawani Khurjekar

Elliott Jones

Casey Lindbeck

John Lomicky

Kevin Macdonald

Siobhan Maio

Chris Martin

J.T. Mauk

Rohan Mehta

Daniel Morgan

Alexandra Packard

Jack Palmore

Sreenath Sajeev

Shinjini Sharma

Erika Steeves

Gourishankar Aechoor

Manan Aggarwal

Ryna Allana

Charul Bhalerao

Daman Bhandari

Shreya Bhattacharjee

Aakanksh Bhatia

Shruti Chakrabarty

Riya Chauhan

Ronak Chhallani

Avanti Chitnis

Revati Dahiwadkar

Suhani Garg

Aditi Kakkar

Ishmeet Kapoor

Leena Karia

Zainab Khan

Osheen Kaul

Rishikesh Kulkarni

Sudarshan Krishna

Mansi Lokhande

Amrita Maneckshaw

Agriti Mehrotra

Pranali Mehta

Beena Menon

Alka Mishra

Melanie San Pedro

Esha Paigankar

Sanieka Pate

Nikita Phadke

Shweta Puri

Shashank Pimpale

Varsha Ramesh

Krishika Sakhrani

Darsh Segal

Devyani Sharma

Aishwarya Shahane

Aditie Singh

Hindavi Shetye

Aditya Singh

Akshat Sonthalia

Parul Srivastava

Kabir Tajne

Aditya Vartak

Charlotte Vaz

Amruta Yadav

Shruti Zende

Our Values

Integrity.

Determine what's right and stand up for it, even when it's not easy to do so.

Fidelity.

Help others become successful. Supporting one another is at the core of how we build successful teams and lasting partnerships.

Confidence.

Attitude is contagious. Improvement is always possible – this mindset is what helps us continue to grow great businesses.

Initiative.

Do more, talk less. It's better to risk failing than not to try at all.

Creativity.

We are open-minded and driven by intellectual curiosity. Our desire to re-examine and re-invent is the cornerstone of innovation.

Clarity.

Rational, objective discussion and clear communication mitigates groupthink and leads to better decision outcomes.

Kingfish Philosophy

Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform.

We are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantively to firm strategy and goals. Authority is decentralized and performance is rewarded based on achievement.

Job Listings
Associate

San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco, USA

Associate

Summary

Our Associates work closely with our private equity firm partners, operating as an extension of their deal teams to evaluate investment opportunities and advance portfolio company initiatives. Specifically, Associates are responsible for

- Building relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process
- Synthesizing information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making
- Managing projects to deliver high impact insights and relationships that provide an advantage to the team
- Leading company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

Candidate Profile

- B.A or B.S with 1 to 3 years of relevant work experience.
- Relationship Building: High EQ with advanced written/ verbal communication skills, executive presence and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels
- Intellectual Curiosity & Creativity: thoughtful in asking questions and pursuing answers, excited to learn
- Structured Thinking & Analytical: breaks down complex problems and solve them in creative ways
- Communication & Information Synthesis: effectively identifies key insights and present insights
- Project Management: ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines
- Proactive & Collaborative: team player that takes initiative to improve the team and the firm

Responsibilities

- Build relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process
- Guide our research team as they identify industry executives and other primary information relevant for a particular investment opportunity
- Lead calls with industry executives, serving as the primary point of contact and ambassador for the firm

- Synthesize information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making
- Analyze industries, markets and competitive landscapes to better understand investment opportunities
- Perform primary diligence as needed alongside executive advisors throughout the deal process
- Identify key insights from information and recommendations gathered from conversations with industry executives and research

- Manage projects to deliver high impact insights and relationships, providing an advantage to the team
- Manage project plans and deal timelines, working closely with senior leaders at our private equity partners to ensure our work is focused on the highest priorities and maximum impact
- Create and deliver high quality presentations and memoranda for our Partners as well as Kingfish leadership (e.g. primary diligence deliverables, executive spec documentation, and Kingfish Investment Committee discussions)

- Lead company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals.

Contact
If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
- Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
- In the subject line, mention “Job Title – 2021”

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Senior Associate

San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco, USA

Senior Associate

Summary

Our Senior Associates work closely with our private equity firm partners, operating as an extension of their deal teams to evaluate investment opportunities and advance portfolio company initiatives. Specifically, Senior Associates (a) Serve as the key relationship owner for our private equity partners, thinking strategically about how Kingfish can help solve their investment needs and fostering long term relationships, (b) Manage projects and guide Analysts and Senior Researchers so that together the team can deliver high impact insights and relationships (c) Build relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process (d) Synthesize information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making (e) Quarterback our internal investment committee processes, and (f) Lead company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

Candidate Profile

- B.A or B.S with 4 to 6+ years of work experience in management consulting, business development, executive recruiting, or other similar fields.
- Project Management: ability to adeptly scope and manage multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines
- Relationship Building: High EQ with advanced written/ verbal communication skills, executive presence and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels
- Structured Thinking & Analytical: breaks down complex problems and solve them in creative ways
- Client / Account Management: emerging track record of success managing complex and demanding client relationships
- Proactive & Collaborative: a mentor to junior colleagues that takes initiative to help the team and the firm

Responsibilities

● Serve as the key relationship owner for our private equity partners, thinking strategically about how Kingfish can solve their investment needs and fostering a long term relationship
○ Scope projects to maximize Kingfish’s unique ability to support our partner’s pipeline on a deal-by-deal basis
○ With Kingfish Principals and Partners, build enduring strategic partnership between that firm and Kingfish
● Manage projects, guiding Analysts and Researchers so that the team delivers high impact insights and relationships
○ Manage project plans and deal timelines, working closely with senior leaders at our private equity partners to ensure our work is focused on the highest priorities and maximum impact
○ Provide day to day mentorship for Analysts and Researchers including project guidance and skills training
● Build relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process
○ Lead calls with industry executives, serving as the primary point of contact and ambassador for the firm
○ Synthesize information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making
● Create and deliver high quality presentations and memoranda for our Partners as well as Kingfish leadership
○ Key deliverables include aligning and engaging senior executives to assist through diligence & post close as well as high-quality business and market diligence insights and presentations
○ Craft presentations for the Kingfish Investment Committee, evaluating the investment thesis and outlining areas for further due diligence
● Lead company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity advisory firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity principal investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals.

Contact
If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
- Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
- In the subject line, mention “Job Title – 2021”

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Principal

San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco, USA

Principal

Summary

Our Principals work closely with our private equity firm partners, operating as an extension of their deal teams to evaluate investment opportunities and advance portfolio company initiatives. Specifically, Principals (a) Serve as key relationship owner for our private equity partners, thinking strategically about how Kingfish can help solve their investment needs and fostering long term relationships, (b) Manage internal project teams to drive consistently high impact on each transaction for our PE firm partners, (c) Manage and mentor a team of associates through their own career development and progression, (d) Quarterback our internal investment committee processes, and (e) Act as a highly visible, firm-wide leader in business building efforts that accelerate the growth of Kingfish.

Candidate Profile

- B.A or B.S with 6 to 8+ years of work experience in management consulting, business development, executive recruiting, or other similar fields.
- Client / Account Management: strong track record of success managing complex and demanding client relationships
- Project Management: ability to adeptly scope and manage multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines
- Personnel Management: experience managing and developing junior staff members
- Relationship Building: high EQ with advanced written/ verbal communication skills, executive presence and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels both internally and externally
- PE Fluency / Investment Mindset: understand the PE deal process and how to analyze investment opportunities

Responsibilities

● Serve as the key relationship owner for our private equity partners, thinking strategically about how Kingfish can solve their investment needs and fostering a long term relationship
○ Scope projects to maximize Kingfish’s unique ability to support our partner’s pipeline on a deal-by-deal basis
○ Foster deep relationships with the senior leaders at our PE firm partners and ensure an enduring strategic partnership between that firm and Kingfish

● Manage internal project teams to drive consistently high impact on each transaction for our PE firm partners
○ Ensure our internal teams are aligned against a project plan, meeting timelines and expectations, and ultimately driving high-impact outcomes for our private equity partners
○ Key deliverables include aligning and engaging senior executives to assist through diligence & post close as well as high-quality business and market diligence insights and presentations

● Manage and mentor Associates through their own career development and progression
○ Provide day to day management for Associates including project guidance and skills training
○ Directly responsible for Associates’ development plans, promotions and career progression

● Quarterback our internal investment committee processes as Kingfish evaluates a co-investment in transactions alongside our partner PE firm
○ Craft brief presentations evaluating the investment thesis and outlining areas for further due diligence
○ Lead Investment Committee presentations & communications with our partner PE firms

● Act as a highly visible, firm-wide leader in business building efforts that accelerate the growth of the firm.

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity advisory firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity principal investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals.

Contact
If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
- Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
- In the subject line, mention “Job Title – 2021”

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Associate

Pune, India

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Pune, India

Associate

Summary

Our Associates work closely with our private equity firm partners, operating as an extension of their deal teams to evaluate investment opportunities and advance portfolio company initiatives. Specifically, Associates are responsible for

- Building relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process
- Synthesizing information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making
- Managing projects to deliver high impact insights and relationships that provide an advantage to the team
- Leading company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

Candidate Profile

- B.A or B.S with 1 to 3 years of relevant work experience.
- Relationship Building: High EQ with advanced written/ verbal communication skills, executive presence and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels
- Intellectual Curiosity & Creativity: thoughtful in asking questions and pursuing answers, excited to learn
- Structured Thinking & Analytical: breaks down complex problems and solve them in creative ways
- Communication & Information Synthesis: effectively identifies key insights and present insights
- Project Management: ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines
- Proactive & Collaborative: team player that takes initiative to improve the team and the firm

Responsibilities

- Build relationships with industry executives and align them to support the team throughout the investment process
○ Guide our research team as they identify industry executives and other primary information relevant for a particular investment opportunity
○ Lead calls with industry executives, serving as the primary point of contact and ambassador for the firm

- Synthesize information and translate into key insights that support investment decision making
○ Analyze industries, markets and competitive landscapes to better understand investment opportunities
○ Perform primary diligence as needed alongside executive advisors throughout the deal process
○ Identify key insights from information and recommendations gathered from conversations with industry executives and research

- Manage projects to deliver high impact insights and relationships, providing an advantage to the team
○ Manage project plans and deal timelines, working closely with senior leaders at our private equity partners to ensure our work is focused on the highest priorities and maximum impact
○ Create and deliver high quality presentations and memoranda for our Partners as well as Kingfish leadership (e.g. primary diligence deliverables, executive spec documentation, and Kingfish Investment Committee discussions)

- Lead company-wide initiatives that improve how we do our work and make us a stronger team.

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals.

Contact
If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
- Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
- In the subject line, mention “Job Title – 2021”

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Research Associate

Pune, India

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Pune, India

Research Associate

Summary

You will be joining a tight-knit team, with a new approach to private equity investing. We are a private investment firm working alongside top financial and operating partners to pursue high-impact investments. Our culture values: innovation, collaboration and the entrepreneurial drive to make things happen. You will be expected to contribute from day one.

Candidate Profile

- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with 0.5 to 2 years of work experience in secondary or primary research
- Fluency in written and spoken English as well as strong communication skills to work collaboratively with
a global team
- Strong analytical and creative thinking ability
- Basic understanding of the private equity investing process
- Required Skills: MS Excel, MS PowerPoint

Responsibilities

- Conduct secondary research to identify industry executives and consultants who can assist in due diligence by serving as advisors, operating partners and board members
- Identify key market trends on specific deals
- Create client ready deliverables and deal overviews
- Build competitive landscapes and identify opportunities in specific sectors
- Contribute towards team-wide initiatives: deal sourcing, sales and hiring
- Actively participate in skill -building, process improvements and knowledge sharing sessions within and
across teams

About Kingfish

Kingfish Group is a different kind of private equity firm, building companies in close partnership with top industry executives. We have pioneered an approach to direct private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas, and capital. We work in partnership with targeted executives and a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors to identify, invest in, and grow great businesses. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives.


If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
- Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
- In the subject line, mention “Research Associate-2021”

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Associate - Executive Recruiting

Pune, India

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Pune, India

Associate - Executive Recruiting

Summary

You will be joining a tight-knit firm with a unique approach to private equity investing. Our culture values innovation, collaboration, and the entrepreneurial drive to make things happen. The Recruiting Associate will be based out of our Pune office augmenting Kingfish Group’s Executive Recruiting (ER) team. As an integral member of the Executive Recruiting team, you will be responsible for search execution for Board members and C-suite executives across multiple industries in the U.S.

Candidate Profile

• Bachelor or Master’s Degree with 3+ years of work experience in recruiting C-level positions
• Excellent judgment with a proven ability to identify, vet, and close candidates
• Relationship Building: High EQ with advanced written/ verbal communication skills, executive presence and an ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels
• Intellectual Curiosity & Creativity: thoughtful in asking questions and pursuing answers, excited to learn
• Structured Thinking & Analytical: breaks down complex problems and solve them in creative ways
• Communication & Information Synthesis: effectively identifies key insights and present insights
• Project Management: ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with tight timelines
• Proactive & Collaborative: team player that takes initiative to improve the team and the firm

Responsibilities

• Recruit C-level executives for board of director and top management positions for our and our co-investment partner’s portfolio companies
• Interact on a daily basis with CEOs and operators, seeking creative ways to involve them in our investment initiatives
• Manage and guide our internal research team to identify the right candidates
• Work closely with our PE firm partners, advancing our joint priorities on acquisitions and portfolio value creation
• Participate as a member of the team in setting our firm goals and strategy

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals. The application of this philosophy has extended the Kingfish platform into the creation of a formal executive recruiting team. This team was built from the momentum and market need to further extend advisory and diligence service into full-time C-suite placements and alignment of outside board members and chairpersons. The Executive

Contact If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
• Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
• In the subject line, mention “Associate - Executive Recruiting”

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Research Associate - Executive Recruiting

Pune, India

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Pune, India

Research Associate - Executive Recruiting

Summary

Candidate Profile

• At least 1 year of experience in working for a recruitment firm
• Experience in working on senior/leadership searches
• Strong communication skills with fluency in written & spoken English
• Experience in using MS Office tools (word/excel)
• Analytical and problem-solving approach
• Bachelor’s degree from a reputed institution

Responsibilities

• Participate in building sourcing strategies for open search requests
• Source suitable executives through multiple channels including LinkedIn
• Screen executive profiles based on agreed parameters
• Provide regular updates on executive pipeline for active search requests
• Participate in initial screening interviews of the executives
• Attend partner/client calls when necessary
• Regularly update our database
• Provide periodic reports as requested

About Kingfish

Kingfish is a different kind of private equity firm. We have pioneered a new approach to private equity investing that places us at the intersection of people, ideas and capital. At the core of our efforts are deep, systematic relationships with proven operating executives. Our firm comprises two core business segments; our private equity investment business and an advisory business that supports a limited set of high-performing PE sponsors as they identify, invest in and grow businesses. Our philosophy is to find the best people and give them the freedom to learn, innovate and outperform. In that spirit, we are structured to ensure that each individual contributes substantially to firm strategy and goals, and there is extensive feedback on performance. We pride ourselves on assembling high-performing teams to pursue inspiring goals.
The application of this philosophy has extended the Kingfish platform into the creation of a formal executive recruiting team. This team was built from the momentum and market need to further extend advisory and diligence service into full-time C-suite placements and alignment of outside board members and chairmen. The Executive Recruiting (ER) team is composed of senior recruiters in the US & India, supported by a research team based in India.

Contact If this role describes you and the type of environment in which you thrive, e-mail us at recruiting@kingfishgroup.com.
• Attach your latest resume along with an introduction describing why your background is a fit for this role
• In the subject line, mention “Research Associate (Executive Recruiting) - 2021”

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