PwC has announced the appointment of Eric Janson as Global Private Equity, Real Assets and Sovereign Funds Leader. Eric will also continue his role as a member of the US Private Equity Leadership Team. He takes over the global role from Will Jackson-Moore, who has been appointed PwC’s Global ESG Leader.
- PwC appoints head of global private equity with a focus on digitalisation and ESG.
- Not only is ESG becoming increasingly important to the private equity market, there is a significant ESG skills demand that is not being met.
- Given the firms’s focus, expect to see a major increase in demand for ESG data in private equity in the near term.
There is increasing focus in the potential of the private equity markets, especially in terms of ESG and climate related market shifts. It is a transformational time for the PE industry and, as the price of deals has soared, firms are more challenged to create value in their investment portfolios.
Private equity, real assets and sovereign funds – ESG matters to all
As PwC’s private equity (PE) leader, Eric will coordinate and leverage over 23,000 global deals professionals in 22 territories across our network that serve across fund and portfolio companies.
Eric Janson, Global Private Equity, Real Assets and Sovereign Funds Leader, PwC United States, said: “We have ambitious growth plans and continue to build out our capabilities globally. We’ve accelerated our investments in digital transformations, with data and analytics resources and cloud capabilities, working with our industry-leading alliances. We have also made significant investments in people and alliances to support our ESG capabilities. PwC brings together resources, across functions and globally to support clients from strategic and operational consulting to due diligence in evaluating transactions.”
ESG is now one of the four core elements of change management
PwC said that the team will continue its focus on delivering successful, market leading approaches in digital and technology transformation, value creation, and Environmental, Social and Governance capabilities (ESG) to clients.
The appointment comes as PwC expands its focus on ESG for the PE and sovereign investment fund (SIF) industry, increasing investment and adding resources to better enable clients to integrate ESG into their strategies. PwC is a leader in advising PE firms and SIFs, providing human-led, tech-powered, data driven solutions that build trust and deliver sustained outcomes for clients globally.
Kevin Burrowes, Global Clients & Industries Leader, PwC UK said: “We are tremendously pleased to have Eric lead our global Private Equity, Real Assets and Sovereign Funds practice. Eric brings decades of experience and exceptional insight in maximizing PE value for some of PwC’s biggest clients.
“ESG is increasingly at the core of the value equation and Eric is intensely focused with our team across the network on helping PE clients formulate their ESG strategies and then helping them implement effectively, building trust and creating sustainable outcomes.”