“This notion of building better businesses over the long term – by being partners with management teams to achieve their potential – that’s certainly been a critical element of our purpose.”

Historically, the purpose of the private investment industry – whether public or private – has been simply to achieve a return. Bain’s John Connaughton joins the podcast to discuss how to break that stereotype, both within his organization and across the industry as a whole. Topics include:

About John Connaughton

John Connaughton is the Global Head of Bain Capital Private Equity and Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, a leading private investment firm with offices on four continents and approximately $160 billion in assets under management.

Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Connaughton has worked on a number of prominent healthcare and technology/media investments. He currently sits on the board of IQVIA Holdings and previously served on the boards of Air Medical Group Holdings, BPL (Bio Products Laboratory) Holdings, Grupo Notre Dame Intermedica, HCA Healthcare, ProSiebenSat.1, Warner Chilcott plc, Warner Music Group and several others. He also serves as a member of the Boston Celtics’ investor group and Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Connaughton was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. He has over three decades of experience as a private equity investor.

About Bain Capital

Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading multi-asset alternative investment firms. Its global team aligns its interests with those of its investors and partners for lasting impact. Learn more.


Going Long Podcast: Amy O’Brien, Nuveen

19 September 2022 - “What matters more in my opinion is the word that comes after you use the acronym ESG. Do we mean ESG factors? […] Do we mean ESG commitments? Do we mean ESG outcomes or impacts? So, first and foremost, let's make sure we understand the context of how that acronym is being used.”

Learn More


Going Long Podcast: Rachelle Sampson

15 August 2022 - Rachelle Sampson is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and the inaugural winner of the Panmure House Prize, an award for research into long-term investing and its relationship with innovation.

Learn More
Lori Heinel State Street


Going Long Podcast: Lori Heinel, State Street Global Advisors

5 July 2022 - “It is a very delicate balance – where do you cross the line from an issue that is actually material to long-term investment performance and something that might be more political?”

Learn More