Going through a management buyout with the help of private equity can be an exciting but also challenging period for CEOs. 

Our series of short interviews with experienced CEOs aims to offer management teams an insight into what they should expect, and what is expected from them, in the crucial early stages of an MBO. 

John Harris has extensive experience of owning, managing and advising private equity backed businesses.  We asked him what advice he would give CEOs who are new to private equity.  



Three essential tips for CEOs from John Harris

1 Don’t be too optimistic when putting the business plan together

2 Be clear on the accountability of your team

3 Maintain first class communication with your private equity investors and Chairman