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René Johnson
B. Business, FCPA, ACIS, MAICD

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René is an experienced executive search consultant whose career spans both the consulting world in senior executive recruitment, as well as holding senior executive positions in the corporate world, principally through the media and advertising sectors.

René began his career with Price Waterhouse in audit, and then spent 10 years with the Clemenger advertising group in financial and company secretarial roles. He was then appointed General Manager of a leading film production company before spending the next five years in the media, first with ACP Publishing as General Manager and Advertising Sales Director and then with Melbourne Independent Newspapers as Joint Publisher.

Subsequent media appointments include Chairman of the Allied Community Newspaper Group in Melbourne, and more recently a six year spell with Pacific Publications (Channel 7 magazine publishing arm) as General Manager and Advertising Sales Director. René was also the Publisher of two leading sport based lifestyle magazines.

René’s executive search ‘specialist practice areas’ include Mining, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Media, Education, Consulting and Professional Services. He focuses primarily on Board and C level appointments through to strategic General Management roles.

René is a regular presenter at AICD functions in Melbourne & Sydney around the topic “Finding Board Positions.”

Current Board appointments include:

  • President INAC Global Executive Search

Previous Board appointments include:

  • Deputy Chairman of the Media & Marketing Advisory Board of the Cancer Council.
  • Council Member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce.

René is a devoted surfer and has no plans to stop anytime soon…

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James Lazarus
B. Psychology / Management

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James has been involved in senior executive search for the past six years and has conducted a vast range of assignments both domestically and abroad.

His experience includes working on the appointments of CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, Regional and General Managers as well as highly specialised senior management roles. Clients have included multi-billion dollar international businesses, ASX listed companies, private and publicly funded entities and not for profit organisations. Throughout his time in executive search he has gained significant exposure to industries including: Finance, Private Equity, Property and Construction, Resources and Engineering, Agribusiness, IT Services, Health, Education and Not for Profit.

Having started his career in research, James utilises a deep knowledge of on-line and digital networks and search tools to enable far broader coverage of the desired market in which he is working.

On a daily basis, James utilises his background in psychology to engage with and better understand a candidate’s individual fit for the role, both technically and personally.

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Tom Hutchinson profile

Tom Hutchinson
B. Com., Grad. Dip. Bus. (HRM), CPHR

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Tom is an experienced search & HR professional with 15 years’ experience in the Australian & European markets.

Tom commenced his career within Human Resources at international accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton. Upon his departure as the HR Manager in 2010, Tom embarked on his career in recruitment and executive search.

As Co-founder & Director of a boutique firm in Melbourne in 2013, he jointly managed a practice specialising in Executive, Accounting & Finance and Professional appointments.

His client experience spans both public and private interest entities with a strong track record in industries including technology, agriculture, professional services, education, health, retail, wholesale, FMCG, engineering and construction, property, manufacturing, and life sciences. Functionally, many of his mandates have been for roles within Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing and Operations teams.

Tom grew up in Wodonga (North-East Victoria) and later attended the University of Melbourne where he was a resident at Queen’s College. Tom is a passionate golfer, keen follower of Hawthorn FC and is on a never ending search for the perfect bottle of wine!

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Pia Dunn
Dip. Prac. Mgmt.

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Pia joined Pacific Search Partners from the Health sector, where she was the practice co-ordinator for busy specialist medical practices. In these roles she was often required to do extensive internet and industry based research on various matters related to the clinic, and medical practice growth and development. Accordingly, she developed outstanding research skills which have proved to be very transferable into our executive search practice.

With an eye for detail and inherently curious mind, two outstanding attributes for a Research and Talent Manager, Pia has a friendly demeanour and strong customer-focus which positively impacts any potential candidate sourcing assignments for our clients.

Pia is an avid reader of comic books, is learning French in her spare time, and is a proud member of the Victorian Country Women’s Association.

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