Operational Excellence Practice

Operational Excellence Practice (OEP)


Portfolio Companies Engaged Since 2010



$ 1 bn+

Cumulative Profit Generated


Net Promoter Score From Executives

AS AT 01 MARCH 2021

Growing Together

Since 2008, Apax has offered portfolio company executives access to a unique group of business specialists with decades of operating experience in mission critical areas. We aim to inspire teams to identify effective new solutions that help their business excel.

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On Demand

The Operational Excellence Team is available to rapidly engage, on the ground, wherever needed. The goal is understanding ‘what is’ to rapidly help assess ‘what can be’. Then select specialists can work with you to deliver transformational change.


We offer execution rather than simply advice. We roll up our sleeves and “get in the boat”. Our specialists may very likely have tackled challenges similar to yours many times before. That experience also helps foresee hidden risk, adding valuable perspective. We work collaboratively, as an extension of - and fully aligned with - your team. Our success is defined by you achieving your stated goals.


We do not start with a “playbook”. Plans always are customised to work best for your business. The goal is to offer support and different ways of thinking, while adapting prior successful solution designs to enhance speed and certainty in delivery.


Apax fosters access to the experience of our family of connected companies. Your leadership can benefit from insights and best practices, along with the opportunity to forge cross-portfolio partnerships within our own extensive global network.

Areas of Expertise

Led by Seth Brody, Global Head of the Operational Excellence Practice, the value creation platform consists of eight practice areas which drive transformation and impact in the Apax Funds’ portfolio.

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Digital Acceleration Ecommerce, SEO, SEM, digital analytics, company benchmarking

Jonathan Simmons

Assessing and enhancing digital strengths, and accelerating the integration of digital technologies to drive sales

Practice leader: Jon Simmons

Technology & Operations ERP integration, ITO & BPO, cloud migration, logistics & freight, security and cyber

Laef Olson

Ensuring that the technical architecture and delivery capabilities are “fit-for-purpose” to deliver on our shared objectives for growth

Lead Advisor: Laef Olson

Margin Expansion Procurement, supply chain project support, direct sourcing programmes

Will Harman

Identifying levers to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs through proprietary analytics and deep partnerships with enterprise service providers

Practice leader: Will Harman

Carve-out & Integration Carve-out project planning, vendor selection, programme management, TSA support

Marty Guinoo

Owning the complexity of carve-out and merger integration processes to reduce risk and accelerate speed-to-value

Practice leader: Marty Guinoo

Sales & Go-to-Market Sales effectiveness, compensation and alignment, pipeline expansion, lead generation, CRM

Richard Perez

Developing strategies to capture new market opportunities and accelerate top-line sales

Practice leader: Richard Perez

Human Capital Management assessment, team alignment, executive development

Maisie Sather

Using the science of management assessment to drive enhanced alignment and top-team performance

Practice leader: Maisie Sather

Operational Finance Financial process optimisation, working capital & cash, exit preparation

Markus Nagel

Providing functional and practical support for finance leaders and their organisations to deliver in the fast-paced buyout environment

Practice leader: Markus Nagel

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Data collection and reporting, governance programmes, diversity and inclusion programmes

Ellen De Kreij

Ensuring that we deliver sustainable growth across the entire Apax platform

Lead Advisor: Ellen de Kreij


Proprietary Technology Platforms

We have developed several proprietary analytical tools that enable unleash the power of data to drive unique insights.   These tools provide a critical competitive advantage for Apax and the companies we work with, unlocking angles for operational impact and accelerated performance.

Apax Digital Insights

Apax Spend Insights

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The power of the Apax Executive community

The power of the Apax network is immense: the portfolio employs more than 100,000 people around the globe and conducts business in all major markets. We harness this collective experience throughout the year, including through our centrepiece annual KnowledgeNow event.

KnowledgeNow brings together CEOs, CFOs and senior executives within the portfolio to share insights and best practices and to discuss the common challenges businesses face. Through this multi-day immersion, relationships are formed, ideas are reinforced or challenged, and cross-portfolio partnerships are established.