Feb 6

SIG Event: Monday 4th March 2013


Non-Executive Director SIG – 4.30pm-5.45pm

Location : Nabarro LLP, Lacon House, 84 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8RW

Speaker: Stephen Grabiner 

Stephen’s presentation will include an overview of the Private Equity sector together with some of his experiences of running the Global Media Team and London Practice of Apax for ten years as well as being a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Stephen will also discuss:

  • How do PE source their NEDs? Do you use headhunters, your own networks? How are these best accessed?
  • Can you explain what PE are generally looking for in their NEDS. How different is it to being an Independent NED in a publicly listed organization?
  • Is a PE NED more hands on or stands back, uninvolved in the detail and being responsible for oversight, guidance and compliance.
  • Remuneration – is this fee based, or do they prefer NEDS to have some skin in the game and be rewarded by equity participation on exit?

Followed by a Q & A

Stephen Grabiner is a media investor. He has recently retired after 10 years from Apax Partners, where he led the Global Media Team, London Practice and was a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Stephen was responsible for investments in Yell, EMAP, HIT Entertainment and PCM – the Dutch Newspaper Company. Prior to Apax Stephen was Chief Executive of ONDigital Plc a pay TV start-up, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Consumer Publishing for United Business Media responsible for United Panel Newspapers, regional Newspapers, the Express and The Star and Managing Director of the Telegraph Plc.

Stephen has a BA from the University of Sheffield in Economics and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Stephen lives in north London and is married to Miriam and they have three children. Outside work Stephen runs a charitable foundation and spends time with his family and friends.