BVG Hires Lauren Serota as Chief People & Culture Officer

BusinessWireJuly 3, 20245 min

Brand Velocity Group (“BVG”), an innovative and diversified investment platform focused on acquiring and transforming businesses, announced that Lauren Serota has joined the firm as its Chief People & Culture Officer.

Ms. Serota joins BVG from Patagonia where, since 2019, she had served as the Head of Talent Development, Performance, Learning & Development, and People Analytics. Ms. Serota also serves as a HR Advisor to Semper Virens, a venture capital firm, where she advises founders on technology, strategy, and culture. Ms. Serota also previously held talent and operations roles at Gap, Inc., Accenture, and the World Bank Group. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Masters of Science in Management Systems from NYU.

“Lauren’s proven ability to improve operations by uplifting employees fits our strategy—to create value through close collaboration and innovation, as well as infusing a bit of ‘heart’ into all that we do,” said Steve Lebowitz, Founding and Managing Partner at BVG. “The addition of Lauren represents the next evolution of our firm and our commitment to scaling company culture, and will allow us to drive value creation in a way few other private equity firms have tried. We’re thrilled to have Lauren join the team, and are humbled that she has chosen BVG to continue her positive impact on the world.”

BVG combines its team’s decades of finance, marketing, and business development experience with an employee centric ethos, developing a unique and powerful approach to accelerating growth at its portfolio companies. Its commitment to company culture is highlighted by its pioneering “Share the Gains” equity participation program, through which every employee at BVG portfolio companies participates in the ownership group.

“Having been part of multiple championship teams during my athletic career, I know firsthand how a strong team culture shapes long-term success,” said Eli Manning, Partner at BVG. “By working to transform culture, and identify and reward talent, Lauren will position our portfolio companies to grow and thrive for years to come.”

In this newly created role, Ms. Serota will work directly with BVG and its portfolio companies to transform and enhance company culture, leading initiatives focused around talent and performance management, reward and recognition programs, learning and leadership development, and employee-engagement functions.

“In five short years, BVG has emerged as a leader in the private equity industry based on it recognizing the value that portfolio company employees create and rewarding them accordingly,” said Serota. “I’m excited to be joining BVG at this inflection point in its growth and continuing the team’s track record of transformational innovation.”

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