Has anyone had experience in hiring an external operator / GM right after acquiring a company? If so, would love to ask you a few questions:

-How do you source external GMs?
-How do you assess GMs fit?
-At what point do you bring the GM into the fold during the acquisition process?

Assume external because nobody internally can be brought up to a more senior position replace the seller. For the businesses we acquire, we are looking to spend our time working on the business rather than managing the day-to-day. I am budgeting that cost into my financials but would like to chat with folks that have gone through the hiring / sourcing process.