Blackstone appoints Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Talent & Leadership for portfolio companies

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Blackstone has appointed Courtney della Cava as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Talent & Leadership for its Portfolio Operations Group, effective 1 August.

In this role, della Cava will be responsible for building and enhancing executive leadership teams and boards for Blackstone’s more than 200 portfolio companies. She joins the firm from Bain & Company, where she was a Partner in its Leadership and Talent Practice based in San Francisco.

Jennifer Morgan, Global Head of Portfolio Operations, says: “Making sure our portfolio companies have best-in-class talent is one of the most important ways we can help them accelerate growth and create value for our investors. Courtney is a widely recognised expert in her field who is a trusted advisor to many of the world’s most respected businesses and executives, and she is the perfect person to take on this critical role for Blackstone.”

“I’m thrilled to join Blackstone and collaborate with portfolio companies and investment teams on value-creating talent and leadership initiatives,” says della Cava. “Blackstone has invested in some of the most innovative and dynamic businesses around the world, and I look forward to working across the portfolio in accelerating human capital development and extending the firm’s impressive results track record.”

With more than 20 years of management consulting experience at Bain & Company, della Cava has advised corporate and private equity clients on CEO succession, CEO and board effectiveness and broader organisational talent strategies and solutions. She also built and led several of the firm’s global human capital teams and capabilities. She has also served as a Partner and Managing Director for Russell Reynolds Associates, a global executive search and talent assessment firm, and as European Marketing Director for M&M Mars. Earlier, she held product and marketing roles with Toyota/Lexus, and began her career at WPP/Hill and Knowlton. Della Cava earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from The University of California, Los Angeles, with a BA in Economics.