The Lancer Group Adds Two Partners and New Offices in San Francisco and Boston; Announces New Private Equity Investment Affiliate, L Capital

SAN DIEGO – The Lancer Group, a leading retained executive search firm that partners with private equity firms, their portfolio companies, and public corporations, announced that Simon Francis and Jeff Leopold have joined the firm as partners. Francis and Leopold are joined by their respective San Francisco and Boston-based team members. As part of the integration, The Lancer Group has also added a new private equity investment affiliate, L Capital.

“We are pleased to add Simon Francis, Jeff Leopold and their colleagues to our team,” stated Scott Dunklee, founder of The Lancer Group. “With these additions, our firm continues to expand our capabilities as the leading executive search firm serving private equity clients. Our new investment affiliate, L Capital, allows us to make equity investmentsalongside our private equity clients and fully align our interests.”

With the addition of the new partners and offices, The Lancer Group has expanded its geographic footprint to include five offices (Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, New York and Sydney) and further deepen its private equity and industry capabilities. The Lancer Group continues to specialize in board-driven mandates including board directors, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, other C-suite executives as well as searches for private equity operating partners. The firm has completed executive search engagements for clients across a range of industries and has particular expertise in technology, industrial, energy, healthcare and consumer markets.

For the last seven years, Simon Francis served as co-founder and partner at Lancor. Previously he was a partner at two global executive search firms: CTPartners, where he led the private equity practice, and Heidrick & Struggles. Before joining The Lancer Group, Jeff Leopold held senior roles at various executive search firms including Lancor, CTPartners and Cook Associates.

“The Lancer Group is a strong fit. Their collaborative culture, focus on serving the private equity community and commitment to delivering exceptional leaders is fully aligned withour search practice and L Capital strategy,” added Simon Francis, partner at The LancerGroup and co-founder of L Capital.

As part of its recent expansion, The Lancer Group has also added a dedicated investment affiliate. L Capital is a specialty private equity firm focused on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector. L Capital makes equity co-investments alongside leading buyout and growth equity funds and provides advisory services including diligence support and deal origination. The affiliation with The Lancer Group provides access to a global talent network, proprietary deal flow, and relationships with 50 of the top 100 private equity firms ranked by assets under management. L Capital is led by its co-founder and partner, Bart Foster. Bart is an experienced private equity investor who has made over $360M of private equity investments in the technology sector. L Capital formerly operated as Lancor Capital Partners.

About The Lancer Group
The Lancer Group is a leading retained executive search firm that is trusted by private equity firms, their portfolio companies and public corporations to deliver high-impact leaders. The firm specializes in board-driven search mandates including CEOs, CFOs, C-suite executives and board directors as well as private equity investment professionals and operating partners. The Lancer Group has provided strategic counsel to clients across a range of industries and has particular expertise in technology, industrial, energy, healthcare and consumer markets.

With relationships at over 50 of the top 100 private equity firms, The Lancer Group provides a range of pre-deal private equity advisory services beyond traditional executive search. These services include deal origination, diligence support and introductions to “backable” executives.

Founded in 1998, The Lancer Group is privately held and operates from offices across North America and Australia (

Firm Contacts
Scott Dunklee
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2860

Michael Misiaszek
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2868

Liliana Corona
(858) 551-1001 Ext. 2874