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René Johnson

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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.”

Previous Board appointments include:

  • President INAC Global Executive Search
  • 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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+61 (0) 418 131 325

James Lazarus profile

James Lazarus
B. Psychology / Management

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James has been involved in senior executive search for the past 12 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: Agribusiness, Technology, Gaming, Finance, Private Equity, Property and Construction, Resources and Engineering, 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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+61 (0) 400 929 629

Tom Hutchinson profile

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

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Tom is an associate and one of our strategic partners, providing executive search and advisory services to sophisticated privately owned businesses and membership based organisations.

A is a senior search consultant with 19 years’ experience in both Australian & European markets, Tom prides himself on the highest standards of professionalism, transparency, respect and client service in each appointment on behalf of candidates and clients in a range of public and private interest entities.

As a former HR Manager with leading global advisory firm Grant Thornton, Tom intimately understands search and recruitment through the eyes of his clients. His industry expertise is extensive and includes technology, agriculture, professional services, education, health, retail, wholesale, FMCG, engineering and construction, property, manufacturing, and life sciences. Functionally, many of the mandates that he executes are within Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Technology and Operations teams.

Originally from Wodonga in North-East Victoria, Tom studied a Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne where he was a resident at Queen’s College. He is heavily invested in the Queen’s community as a former Student Club President, Council member, President of the Wyvern Society, fundraiser and mentor to Wyverns. He has two young daughters, is a passionate golfer, and is forever on the search for the perfect bottle of wine!

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+61 (0) 411 277 108

Amanda Schafer

Amanda Schafer
B. Ed.

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Amanda is one of our strategic partners, providing corporate consulting in areas to do with change management and restructure, team building, career development, executive coaching and facilitation. Her business, Career and Coaching Partners Australia, provides support to individuals and organisations through a panel of experts in these and other topics. Delivery includes: workshops, one on one sessions, conference key notes and general consulting.

Amanda has worked across a wide range of sectors and industries including: local and state government, manufacturing, utilities, professional services, telecommunications, financial services, mining, agribusiness, legal and universities.

As an executive coach, Amanda facilitates the development of leadership capability through: performance improvement, self awareness, communication and influence, skill development, behavioural change and career strategy development. Clients seek this highly personalised form of PD to target specific development areas.

With 17 years experience in this field, Amanda has worked with thousands of individuals across the full leadership spectrum to reshape, re-energise and realign their careers. By developing their brand, networking and interview skills and a strategic plan, individuals take charge of their careers in order to gain job satisfaction and career growth.

Amanda has a direct, insightful approach, coupled with strong rapport buidling skills to develop trust and openness, in turn enabling identification of requirements, gaps and barriers so as to assist her clients to clarify and achieve their goals. Her delivery encourages reflection and preparation either side of sessions, yet is fluid and adaptable to mindfully accommodate developments and any surprises that may arise during sessions. Amanda also incorporates mentoring with the coaching as appropriate.

For more information about Career and Coaching Partners Australia, please find Amanda’s contact details below:

Phone: 1800 832 822
Address: Level 18, 90 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

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1800 832 822

Pia Dunn profile

Pia Dunn
Dip. Prac. Mgmt.

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Pia is a Research and Office Manager with over 10 years’ experience coordinating and managing teams.

She started her career in the Health sector and went on to manage and consult to GP clinics, specialists and surgeons across Melbourne. In these roles she was required to do extensive research, staff training as well as practice growth and development.

Pia joined Pacific Search Partners in 2016 and quickly incorporated her eye for detail, creativity, curiosity and discretion to the Executive Search world. She has a friendly demeanour and strong customer focus which positively impacts candidate sourcing assignments for our clients.

Pia is Melbourne born and bred (so has some strong opinions about coffee). She is an avid reader of comic books and spends her spare time going to gigs or exploring Melbourne’s many art galleries.

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+61 (0) 405 857 081

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