Warburg Pincus Hires Former DHI Executive Melland as Adviser

  • Scot W. Melland will focus on helping find HR software deals
  • Previous experience includes work with Match.com and Rent.net

Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s largest private-equity firms, named Scot W. Melland a senior adviser to help it identify new deals in human resources technology and technology-enabled services.

Melland, 52, has more than two decades leading Internet and software companies, according to a statement Monday. He is on the board of DHI Group Inc., the global online recruiting firm that specializes in job listings for information technology and software-engineering professionals. Previously he served as chairman and chief executive officer of that company, formerly known as Dice Holdings Inc. He stepped down from those roles in July 2013.

Warburg, which is in the process of closing its latest pool of capital of about $12 billion, has a history of tapping industry experts as advisers to help it identify new deals. This year the company hired Andrew Higginson, chairman of U.K. grocer WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc, and Michael Pulick, a former executive at hardware maker WW Grainger Inc., to find consumer and industrial deals, respectively.

“Scot has a wealth of experience in strategy and management in the HR technology sector,” Alex Berzofsky, managing director at Warburg, said in the statement. “He will be an excellent resource as we evaluate and pursue further investment opportunities in this rapidly changing industry.”

Before joining DHI, Melland was co-founder and chief executive of Vcommerce, an e-commerce software company. He also worked as senior vice president of interactive services at Cendant Corp, now Affinion Group Inc., where he built and managed a portfolio of profitable online businesses, including dating website Match.com and apartment-listing group Rent.net.

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