Lesly J. Schlender joined Parthenon Capital Partners in 2012 as the Director of Research, Outreach and Development. Ms. Schlender has over twenty-five years of research, recruiting and M&A sourcing experience in the private equity and executive search sectors. She has worked on numerous industry projects including healthcare, software, financial services, technology and business services. Ms. Schlender is responsible for sourcing Parthenon’s new investment platforms, portfolio add-on acquisitions, CEO executive identification, as well as Parthenon’s research function assessing niche industries.
Prior to joining Parthenon, Ms. Schlender spent 12 years at GTCR, LLC, a private equity firm with over $8 billion under management and headquartered in Chicago. She joined the firm in 1999 as a Director of Research and became Vice President of Human Capital in 2002. Previously Ms. Schlender spent several years at Korn/Ferry International in a number of roles and was ultimately promoted to become the Director of Research, North America. Ms. Schlender began her research and recruiting career at Egon Zehnder International as a Research Associate.
Ms. Schlender attended Barat College with a concentration in Business Administration.