Robert Steven Kaplan has spent more than a quarter of a century pondering successful leadership, climbing through the ranks to become vice-chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and, since 2005, teaching management practice at Harvard Business School.
The failure of Energy Future Holdings Corp., known as TXU Corp. when KKR & Co., TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners acquired it for $48 billion in 2007, and the stumbles of other huge deals of the past decade have reshaped how major buyout firms go about their trade.
When Marion McCollom Hampton graduated from the Yale School of Management in 1982, the program didn’t grant business degrees and she didn’t want one. Its mission was to train leaders of all sorts, not just executives, she said.
Mark Hurd , forced to resign last week as chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. , may have a career ahead of him in private equity rather than as head of a publicly held company, analysts and executive recruiters said.