Hiring C-suite professionals is never easy. Add in the wrinkle that the company is owned by a private equity firm and the recruitment process becomes even more complicated. John Marshall founded JM Search in 1980 and has been helping private equity firms retain top management for more than 30 years. Clients of the King of Prussia, Pa.-based firm include Littlejohn & Co., Oaktree Capital Management and Sentinel Capital, among others. The list of challenges private equity firms face when looking to step up their talent is a long one, says Marshall.

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