Partners Group appoints Wolf-Henning Scheider as partner and head of private equity

Scheider will succeed David Layton, Partner Group's CEO as head of private equity.

  • Scheider is the CEO and chairman of the board of management at car parts maker ZF Group
  • Partners Group’s private equity portfolio has four verticals

Partners Group on Tuesday announced the appointment of Wolf-Henning Scheider as partner and head of private equity. Scheider will succeed current Partners Group CEO David Luyton and will give particular focus to Partners Group’s control private equity portfolio, which is built around four industry verticals: goods and products, health and life, services and technology.

Scheider brings 35 years of industry experience. He is CEO and chairman of the board of management at German car parts maker ZF Group and will join Partners at the end of his contract. Scheider was formerly CEO and chairman of the management board at MAHLE Group. He began his career at Robert Bosch in 1987, later becoming a member of the firm’s management board.

Partners Group is a Swiss global investment firm with over $127 billion in assets under management. It invests across private equity, private infrastructure, private real estate and private debt. It has over 1,600 employees worldwide, $63 billion total assets under management in private equity and has invested in over 280 businesses globally since it was founded in 1996. The firm also recently announced the appointment of Ben Breier as partner and head of its US private equity health and life industry vertical.

“We are delighted to welcome Wolf to Partners Group,” said David Layton, partner and CEO, Partners Group. “While the term ‘private equity’ conjures up a Wall-Street image for some, our private equity approach today is about building businesses – it’s about entrepreneurial governance, strategy, operational excellence and culture. With more than three decades of senior management experience Wolf is ideally positioned to deepen the operational expertise that underlies our transformational investing efforts. In this changeable macroeconomic environment, the ability to truly transform companies will be a crucial point of differentiation in private equity.”

“After a long career in industry steering companies to success, I am excited by the opportunity to apply my experience across Partners Group’s broad portfolio of companies,” said Scheider. “I look forward to working alongside the impressive private equity team to execute on the firm’s transformational investing strategy. Partners Group’s emphasis on entrepreneurial ownership as the driver of investment performance means that it places a premium on operational experience. It’s hugely appealing to an industry veteran like me that professionals with operating experience and investment experience work side-by-side throughout the entire investment and ownership lifecycle.”