Advent Leadership Academy welcomes inaugural class of executives

BOSTON – April 1, 2021 – Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, is pleased to welcome the inaugural class to the Advent Leadership Academy.

In collaboration with Harvard Business School, the Advent Leadership Academy provides 40 high-performing executives from companies across Advent’s North American portfolio with the chance to participate in a tailored executive education program designed and taught by faculty members from the world’s most prestigious business school.

The inaugural program was open to high-performing women, people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+ who are employed at Advent portfolio companies across North America. Classes started today, April 1, 2021, and will run for the next three months.

“We launched the Leadership Academy as a key part of our commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion and cultivating talent across our portfolio,” said Chris Pike, a Managing Partner at Advent. “As a firm, we recognize that developing a new generation of portfolio-company leaders who have diverse experiences, backgrounds, ethnicities and thought processes will help us build better businesses positioned for long-term success.”

“The Academy will empower talented individuals within our portfolio companies to expand their skillsets and prepare for future leadership opportunities,” added Marco Mendes, Head of Advent’s North American Portfolio Support Group. “We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural Advent Leadership Academy class and are excited to see how their learnings and experiences will foster new ideas and growth within our portfolio companies.”

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 370 private equity transactions in 41 countries, and as of September 30, 2020, had $66.2 billion in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of 240 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. After more than 35 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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