E-commerce is just one of many things shaking up the consumer goods and retail industries (resulting in retailers, like American Apparel, going bankrupt), leaving private equity dealmakers in those sectors desperate for good leadership teams that are able to navigate the shifting terrain of 2015. Firms should consider a target company’s CEO during the due diligence phase to make sure that they either have or can readily put together the proper C-suite for success, says Leslie Berglass, chairman of Berglass & Associates, which has placed retail executives for clients that include private equity firms CCMP, Good Partners, Catterton Partners and Apax.

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