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Executive Search

Custom Designed Leadership

INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE SEARCH


In our experience, if you are looking at Executive Search you have some critical decisions to make. That’s where we come in. (We’re one of the premier Executive Search firms in Melbourne.)


Discuss your needs with one of our Executive Search Consultants.

Separate the Great from the Good

It’s easy to see how important the traditional values of a leader’s will and vigorous pursuit of the vision is, but would it surprise you to know that humility is just as important in a C-Suite Leader’s values? Are you aware of how important having leaders that possess the right balance of these values is? Do you know how closely linked they are with corporate wealth and increased shareholder value? This is what separates the good from the great.

Finding good leaders is not too difficult, but finding great ones is a real challenge!

Get in touch if you’d like to know how we do it!


Our Executive Search Team

If your executive search consultants lack insight they are probably feeding mediocrity.

History has identified flaws in the performance profiles of great people as diverse culturally and historically as Joan of Arc, Sir Richard Branson, Winston Churchill and Steve Jobs. Each flaw would have been enough to fail a standard screening process. Our team, some of the world’s best, can see through little flaws to identify potential greatness. They’ve usually been right where that leader is going, and they have been leading their own organisations for years.

Through our membership and shared ownership of NPA Worldwide, we have senior search consultants globally. These specialists are expert at finding, engaging with and assessing the best business executives and the geographies they cover, provide us with global reach to most of the world’s top leadership talent.

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Meet Our Global Search Team
Andrew Thoseby
Location

Melbourne, Australia

Company

1st Executive Pty Ltd

Experience

14 yrs in Recruitment/Search and 15 in C Level Corporate Roles

Strategic thinker and business executive with 30 years of executive corporate and entrepreneurial experience across retail, services, manufacturing, marketing, automotive, fmcg, consumer durables, IT and T, internet, entertainment, not for profit, government, consumer electronics and sports sponsorship and administration. Has worked extensively across EMEA, The USA, South East Asia and the Pacific as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Suzanne Whitmarsh
Location

Melbourne, Australia

Company

1st Executive Pty Ltd

Experience

17 years in Executive Search

Suzanne is the founder of 1st Executive and has been a successful Human Resources professional for the last twenty years. Her main focus at 1st Executive is on executive recruitment, professional and personal development, coaching and mentoring, employment practices, team performance and facilitation.

Simone Allan
Location

Sydney, Australia

Company

Mondo Search

Experience

21 yrs Recruitment/Search & 18 yrs as Founder/CEO

Simone is the Founder and CEO of Mondo Search in Sydney Australia. Since starting Mondo Search in 1998, Simone has contributed to the careers of over 2000 senior executives and trusted alumni. During Simone’s 21 year career in Executive Search she has interviewed over 21,000 senior executives and she has gathered candid insights about leadership, workplace cultures, hiring, firing and identifying great talent.

Natalie Gardner
Location

Manchester, United Kingdom

Company

Pangaea Global Associates

Experience

7 years Executive Search

Natalie is the Managing Director and founder of Pangaea Global Associates in Manchester UK. As an ex Software Sales person who has worked for larger software companies and start-ups, Natalie decided to use her skills to help find the talent globally for similar organisations in the same space. Natalie specialises in finding CXO, Senior Appointments and Enterprise Sales/Technology talent across the globe for major software vendors and fast growth start-ups.

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Michael Levine
Location

Atlanta, United States

Company

Advantage Talent, Inc.

Experience

15 yrs Recruitment/Search & 10 yrs as President/Managing Director

Michael is the President & Managing Director and a Co-founder of Advantage Talent, Inc. based in Atlanta Georgia. He is a Certified Public Account (CPA) who has extensive experience in finance and accounting. Michael’s work has focused on business performance improvement ranging from revenue enhancement to cost reduction and the use of technology as an enabler in these areas.

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David Hillman
Location

Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Company

Blackstar Search

Experience

20 years in as M.D. of a Executive Search firm

David Hillman has considerable experience of Search in the FMCG and CPG environment since starting Blackstar Search in 1998. David is committed to providing innovative management and executive-level recruiting services to meet the hiring goals and solve the hiring problems of leading companies throughout the UK and worldwide.

Mark Glickman
Location

Denver, United States

Company

Glickman Consulting

Experience

29 years in Executive Search and 12 years as Principal

Mark is a professional recruiter and principal at Glickman Consulting LLC in Denver, Colorado. Mark holds the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation from the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). Since 1976, Mark and his team have provided quality recruitment and staffing services to employers, corporate recruiters and independent recruiters worldwide.

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Fernando B.
Location

California, United States

Company

Barbachano International Inc.

Experience

22 years in Executive Search and as President/CEO

Fernando B. Ortiz-Barbachano is the President of Barbachano International Inc. and co-founder of Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C. in Mexico, a pioneer in outplacement consulting. His entrepreneurial background includes formulating strategy and launching business growth campaigns. Prior, he was a Sales & Marketing Director (Mexico) for Ernest & Julio Gallo Wine Company, and in financial services with New York Life (USA). Affiliated with CareerStar Group and a member-owner of NPA, he is a frequent speaker and expert on talent acquisition, retention, outplacement, and change management.

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Mike Sudermann
Location

North Carolina, United States

Company

Ascent Select

Experience

5 yrs in Recruitment/Search and 5 yrs as Manager Partner

Mike is a multi award-winning executive search firm owner and executive recruiter based in North Carolina. He specializes in Supply Chain, Distribution, Logistics and Finance for clients located domestically and internationally. He has over 10 years experience placing mid-to-senior level executives and has built an outstanding reputation among clients for his ability to provide top tier talent.

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Laura LaBine
Location

San Francisco, United States

Company

LaBine & Associates

Experience

14 yrs Recruitment/Search and 3 years as President & CEO

Laura LaBine is a Recruiting Specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over ten years experience in the staffing/recruiting industry. She provides creative staffing solutions to companies, ranging from recruiting consultants to executive search. LaBine is committed to delivering high touch customer service with a commitment to excellence.  She is also skilled at recruiting Sales & Marketing professionals, IT professionals, Business Process (Project Managers, Business Analysts) and Operations/Human Resources.

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Edwin Tiah
Location

Singapore

Company

Elitez & Associates (Elitez Group of Companies)

Experience

15 years Recruitment/Executive Search and 3 years as M.D.

Edwin is a Partner at Elitez and Associates  in Singapore. He has over 15 years of experience leading business development, management, sales, marketing, after-sales service, financial planning and optimizing cash flow management in advertising, consulting and money market industries. He currently oversees the transformation of business development, consulting work, executing outplacement for key appointment holders and regional executive search. 

Charlie Diana
Location

Chicago, United States

Company

Advanced Search Group

Experience

31 years Recruitment/Search and 21 years as President/CEO.

Charlie is a professional recruiter and president at Advanced Search Group in Chicago Illinois. He has been serving the Chemical Process Industry for Professional Recruiting since 1985. He specializes in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and related qualifications. Committed to providing clients and candidates with the highest level of quality, ethics and expediency he is highly regarded in the NPA Worldwide recruitment network and has won a number of industry awards.

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Achyut Menon (AK)
Location

Hyderabad, India

Company

Options Executive Search Pvt Ltd

Experience

24 yrs in Recruitment/Search following an 8 yrs stint in industry

Achyut or AK to his international contacts, has been in the hiring solutions business for over 24yrs now.

 

Specialising in hiring ‘returning Indians’ for middle and senior management levels, he has been helping companies find talent they cannot find themselves. Apart from MNCs setting up operations in India, he has been closely associated with Large Indian family business groups, and VC funded startups for identifying the right talent across industries/functions and locations.

 

SHRM has listed him among the top HR influencers  in India using social media (http://www.slideshare.net/shrmindia/shrm-india-hr-influencer-report-2013)

Robson Barbosa
Robson Barbosa
Location

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Company

Selpe Group/Grupo Selpe

Experience

21 years in Executive Search/Recruitment and as Director of company

Robson is the Director and HR Project Director at Group Selpe. He is also the  Managing Director of the NPA South America/NPAWorldwide LATAM.

With a breadth of experiences in the industry within Recrutiment and HR Consulting, Robson specialises and is responsible for the Operations area of the Selpe Group which includes Executive Search, Recruitment and Selection of Specialists, Internship and Trainee Programs, Administration and Outsourcing Manpower.

Matias Ghidini
Matías Ghidini
Location

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Company

GhidiniRodil

Experience

6 years in Recruitment/Search and as General Manager

Matías is the General Manager of GhidiniRodil, initially a Sales Marketing Operations Manager. He was also a HR university professor. With sales, marketing and business development experiences under his belt, he is responsible for the global strategy and overall EBITDA company. He had led GhidiniRodil to become a top recruiting and headhunting company in Argentina & LATAM. Matías also created and is the producer and host of “Humanos con Recursos” (Humans with Resources), the first HR radio and digital in LATAM.

1st Selection

Every month we meet, interview and assess some exceptional candidates – often leaving our clients with a real dilemma. Inevitably, only one is chosen, often leaving us with up to four hot, job ready executives – interviewed, assessed and reference checked. These are 6 figure package people – and the first number is rarely a 1.

 

1st Selection is your chance to get a Star Player on your team nearly instantly!