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As industries rapidly transform, impacted by globalization, technology, regulation and a multi-generation workforce, organizations worldwide look to search and leadership consultants as their trusted advisors to help navigate this lightning fast and increasingly complex business environment.
Our profession has more opportunities than ever to help business leaders around the world achieve a competitive advantage. How can we take our profession to new heights in order to deliver peak results for our clients?
Join AESC for our inaugural Asia Pacific Conference, the premier event focused on executive search and leadership consultants, and the clients they serve.
This event is open to clients, AESC members and nonmembers.
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Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Cleanaway
Leader, Organisation Practice - Australia and New Zealand, McKinsey
Managing Partner, Consumer Markets Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles
AESC President & CEO
CEO of the US Studies Centre
Vik joined Cleanaway as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in August 2015. With over 20 years’ experience in a range of executive roles in Australia, Asia and the United States, Vik has a proven track record of leading industrial organisations through significant growth, transition and improvement. In 2010 Vik joined Valmont Industries Inc., a US $3.3b NYSE global leader in designing and manufacturing products for infrastructure and agriculture markets, as Group President Asia Pacific. He subsequently ran their largest division and managed global operations spanning 23 countries before being appointed as Valmont’s President and Chief Operating Officer, based in Omaha, Nebraska USA. Vik has previously held senior line leadership positions with One Steel and Eaton Corporation. Vik volunteers as a Non-Executive Director of Disability Services Australia. He is an Electrical Engineer with an MBA and has completed his AMP from INSEAD. Vik is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Oliver is Expert Associate Partner and co-leads McKinsey & Company’s Organisation practice in Australia. He joined McKinsey Canada in 2004, and moved to Sydney in 2012. He spends his time counselling CHRO’s on their top strategic issues: delivering value through talent, organisational agility, and the workforce of the future. In particular, he is passionate about making the “soft stuff” practical and simple for executives in the organisations he serves. His work has taken him to over 20 countries, advising multiple companies across a diverse set of industries: mining, oil & gas, utilities, high-tech, retail, and infrastructure. Oliver received his MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School, and has a BComm in business and a BSc in biology, both with distinction, from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Karen Fifer is Heidrick & Struggles’ Managing Partner of the Consumer Markets Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. She previously served as Global Managing Partner for the Consumer Markets Practice, Global Sector Leader for Retail and Partner-in-Charge of the Hong Kong office. Karen is an accomplished consultant with close to three decades of experience in executive search and leadership advisory, which has earned her a strong reputation among decision-makers and executives in the industry. She has completed hundreds of C-suite searches for a wide range of companies, from local conglomerates and multinational corporations, to private equity-backed companies and start-ups, representing some of the world’s most recognized and up-and-coming brands in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail & Luxury, Hospitality and Entertainment sectors. Karen regularly interacts with senior executives in the region and internationally, allowing her to bring deep insights to her clients on the leadership and cultural challenges that are unique to Asia. She is particularly adept at conducting complex, cross-border searches for Presidents, Country Managers and Functional Leaders. In today’s flat and digitally connected world, Karen also puts a strong focus on ensuring that executives have the technological acumen to drive transformational change and enhance customer engagement. As a senior leader at Heidrick & Struggles, Karen has represented the firm at several prominent events, including the World Economic Forum and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. In 2015, she was nominated by her peers for the firm’s Asia Pacific Partnership Spirit Award. Strongly committed to diversity & inclusion, Karen leads the firm’s Women’s Employee Resource Group for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Executive Search, Karen led the Marketing and Sales functions for a major event organizer in Greater China, and was instrumental in organizing some of the first international exhibitions held in Beijing and Shanghai. Karen has lived and worked on four continents. She grew up in Hong Kong, and graduated from Cass Business School in London with a BSc in Business Studies.
Karen Greenbaum is President and CEO of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global association representing the $12b+ profession with membership of 325 firms in 72 countries around the world. AESC serves as the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide and has rigorous membership requirements that ensure members commit to the highest professional standards. Ms. Greenbaum is an experienced business leader having served as the President and COO for the $1 billion US business of Mercer Consulting/MMC, a Fortune 200 company and later as COO for Nixon Peabody LLP a nearly $500 million global 100 law firm. She also served as an executive search consultant and partner before being selected as President and CEO of the AESC. In 2013, Agenda, a Financial Times publication for board members, named her as one of 100 top board candidates in the US to sit on compensation committees.
Professor Simon Jackman
Professor Simon Jackman became CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in April 2016. Born and raised in Australia, he went to the United States for his PhD (Political Science, Rochester) in 1988. From 1996 to 2016, Jackman taught Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman’s research focuses on public opinion, political participation, and electoral systems, in both the United States and Australia. Since 2009, Jackman has been one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative study of political attitudes and behaviour.
Managing Partner and Founder of Johnson
Executive Chairman, Korn Ferry - Australasia
Co-Managing Partner, Fragomen, Australia-New Zealand
Director, pac executive
Jason is one of the region's most successful and influential executive search consultants. He brings over 15 years’ experience as a partner within premier executive search firms. Jason is recognised for his commitment to driving innovation in the industry and for his commitment to professional industry practices. He is the immediate past Global Chairman of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, the peak body representing the US$11 billion executive search industry. Jason is a highly sought after commentator on leadership and talent issues and is a regular contributor to major business publications and media. Prior to entering executive search, Jason was a corporate lawyer with Allen & Hemsley, having completed his Bachelor of Economics (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Macquarie University.
Katie Lahey is the Executive Chairman, Australasia for Korn Ferry. She is Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and on the boards of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Board, and Star Entertainment Group. Katie is a former Chairman of Carnival Australia, member of the David Jones Board, Australia Council Major Performing Arts Board, Director of Australia Post, Hills Motorway and the Garvan Research Foundation. Before leading Korn Ferry, she was Chief Executive of The Business Council of Australia (BCA) for ten years and, prior to BCA, she was the Chief Executive of the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW), Chief Executive of the Sydney City Council and Chairman and Chief Executive of the Victorian Tourism Commission. In June 2013, Katie was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to business and the arts. Katie was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contribution to Australian Society in the area of Business Leadership. She earned a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of arts (first class honours) degree from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the prize for top student in the master of business administration program for her year.
Named one of AFR's Top 100 Influential Women in Australia in 2014, Dai has over two decades of storytelling skills and change making experience. Dai's mission is to help build an inclusive society where mainstreams institutions and organisations truly reflect the diverse society we live in. Dai was a former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Through her social enterprise DAWN, Dai inspires current & future generations of diverse Australians to be the absolute best version of themselves. DAWN seek inspirational stories from diverse backgrounds & cultures and bring a new perspective on what it means to be who you are and where you are going. Dai is passionate about developing and building capability for the next generations of leaders. Dai was born in Saigon, Vietnam and spent years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia, arriving with her mother and two younger sisters in December 1979. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
Teresa is Co-Managing Partner of Fragomen's Australia-New Zealand practice. Teresa has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration law since 1998. Working with clients from a number of industry sectors, she has advised some of the world's largest multinational corporations, as well as major Australian corporations, small and medium size enterprises, start-up companies, and individuals. Teresa has particular skill and experience in immigration planning for companies establishing themselves in Australia and in working with them on their growth plan in Australia, Asia and beyond to enable maximum speed to market but in full compliance with local immigration laws. Teresa is an active contributor and presenter at a range of HR, mobility and related conferences and continuing professional development sessions for immigration advisers and lawyers. Teresa is a continuing author of immigration matters, including the web-based legal publication LexisNexis Practical Guidance Immigration Law Module. Teresa is a Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales and an Australian Registered Migration Agent. Teresa earned both her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Simone Mears is a Director of pac executive. She specialise in the appointment of senior roles across advice, superannuation, platforms, insurance and asset management. In the late 1980s, Simone worked as a graduate in sales and marketing for Kodak, before progressing into key account management. Leveraging her sales and relationship management skills, she made the move into the recruitment industry joining a start-up recruitment firm. Within two years, she was responsible for transforming this organisation into a successful and award winning business. In 1998, she moved into executive search specialising in the field of Banking and Financial Services.
Founder, Culture Plus Consulting
Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council and Regional Leader - Asia Pacific & the Middle East, Heidrick & Struggles
SGM Westpac Premium & Chair of Cultural Diversity Leadership EAG, Westpac Group
Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo/TGCL
Managing Partner, Watermark Search International
Felicity Menzies is the founder of Culture Plus Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consultancy with expertise in cultural intelligence, unconscious bias, global diversity management and empowering professional women. Notable engagements include The Walt Disney Company, Liberty Insurance, Scotiabank, VISA, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Thales Defence and Aerospace, Monash University and World Vision. Felicity’s interest in the role of culture in business began during her tenure as the Head of Private Bank, Westpac, in Singapore. There she led a culturally diverse team of bankers serving a multinational client base and learned firsthand how Cultural Intelligence is a necessary component of business success. Felicity is an accredited facilitator with the Cultural Intelligence Centre and the author of A World of Difference: Leading in Global Markets with Cultural Intelligence, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Felicity is a regular contributor to business publications and has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Business First, Acuity, Inhouse Counsel and People Management. Felicity has been a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand since 1995, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Steve Mullinjer is the regional leader for Heidrick & Struggles’ Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a team of over three hundred professionals delivering executive search and leadership consulting services in fifteen offices across Asia Pacific. Steve has lived and worked in China for twenty years and his experience spans Asia Pacific. He interacts frequently with the CEOs of the region’s most successful businesses and has deep insight into the different business dynamics in markets as diverse as China, Australia, India and Korea. A veteran consultant, Steve is a regular commentator on regional media such as ABC and CNBC. In 2011, he was voted by peer firms as the best recruiter in China in a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal. In 2001, Steve was named “Headhunter of the Year” by Hong Kong’s Financial Intelligence Agency. Earlier in his career, Steve held general management, sales and marketing and product management positions in Australia and China with companies like Pacific Dunlop and IBM. Education: Steve holds two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and has done research on joint venture management in China at the Australian National University. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.
Yung Ngo is State General Manager of Westpac Premium NSW/ACT & VIC/TAS at Westpac. He currently leads a team of dedicated relationship managers that provide quality banking services to Westpac’s affluent customer segment. Prior to this Yung worked in St George Retail as Head of NSW Metro, Head of Retail Lending and Head of Regional NSW leading St George’s mortgage lending and branch network businesses through growth and transformation. Prior to joining the Westpac Group Yung had an extensive career in various senior business leadership roles at GE Capital in both the Commercial and Consumer finance divisions. Yung started his career as an in-house corporate lawyer at Allianz Insurance. Yung is also the Chair of Westpac’s Cultural Diversity Leadership - Employee Action Group, an EAG comprising over 1,700 members nationally. Through the amazing work of its volunteer members, the EAG’s mission is to help Westpac attract, develop and promote cultural leadership talent and to promote the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace. Outside of Westpac, Yung is also a Non-Executive Director of Settlement Services International Limited, a leading Not-for-Profit organisation providing a range of services in the area of refugee settlement and assistance, and a member of the Undergraduate Industry Advisory Board of Sydney University Business School.
Through Executive Search and Board advisory services, I help top executive teams manage risk and find practical solutions to complex leadership issues such as succession planning, new business creation, and organisation redesign and governance. Directorships with public corporations, academia, and the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consulting (AESC) global Board, are my privileged platform to “give back” through service. Executive Coaching and Speaking engagements are catalysts for individual transformation. Sometimes, it’s by helping a person discover their uniqueness and exceptional traits so as to “release” potential, remove barriers, see new avenues, and forge ahead. Other times, it is inspiring audiences to discover insights through storytelling and reflections. As co-founder of Talengo, I am energized by our creative power to challenge the limits of what great Leadership advisory service looks and feels like, as a profession and a business worldwide. There’s no better place to be Matchmaker, Advisor, catalyst, storyteller, Entrepreneur, all in one!
Graham has been in the Executive Search Profession for the past 14 years. He previously worked with one of the premier global search firms, initially as a consultant with a focus on the Technology and Professional Services sectors and he also had the opportunity to work with a number of Chairs in helping fill their board vacancies. Most recently Graham had a role as the Director of Human Capital and Head of Research for Asia-Pacific for that firm, giving him a good understanding of most of the major markets in Asia as well as India. Prior to his career in Executive Search Graham was a Senior Executive with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with roles as the VP of Consulting and Systems Integration, VP of Account Management and VP of Mergers and Integration. He started his career with CSC as a consultant with CSC Index, the strategic consulting arm of CSC. Before joining CSC Graham had roles as the Managing Director of two consulting firms and as an executive of one of the major retail banks establishing, and then running, the Retail Bank’s back office across Australia. Graham’s early career in the Oil Industry saw him work through the Middle East and Africa before moving to Australia. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography from Durham University.
Board and CEO Succession Practice Leader, Australasia, Spencer Stuart
Non-Executive Director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd, Primary Health Care Ltd, Adelaide Brighton Ltd, Lendlease Investment Management, and Infrastructure NSW
Director, Caltex Australia Limited; Director of CSR Ltd; Chair & Director of Port Waratah Coal Services Ltd
Editor of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS magazine
Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group
Kevin Jurd leads Spencer Stuart’s Board and CEO Succession Practice for Australasia, and also belongs to the Consumer Practice, which he previously led in the Asia Pacific region. Kevin is actively involved in the firm’s CEO search and succession planning initiatives, and has undertaken a wide range of international and local board, senior executive and functional leadership assignments in the consumer, retail, consumer finance, hospitality, leisure and media sectors. Until recently, Kevin was a member of the global firm’s Board of Directors. He joined the Sydney office in 1993 and served as the managing director of the Australian operations for a combined seven years Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Kevin was director of marketing and business development with PepsiCo Group’s retail business. Earlier, Kevin was with the internationally successful Penfolds Wine Group, Australia’s largest wine company, where he progressed to become global head of marketing. In this role, his key responsibility included the strategic planning, merger and acquisition and integration of a large number of Australian wine companies in both Australia and North America. Previously, Kevin spent six years marketing major global and local brands in the food, beverage and retail industries. Kevin was educated at the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing.
Arlene Tansey is currently a Non-Executive Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, Primary Health Care Limited, Adelaide Brighton Limited, Lend Lease Investment Management and Infrastructure New South Wales. She is also a member of the Serco Asia-Pacific Advisory Board. Arlene has over twenty-five years experience as a senior executive in business and financial services having worked at ANZ Banking Group and Macquarie Bank in Australia. She is a Fellow of the AICD, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law Centre, an MBA from New York University (now Stern School of Business) and a BBA from Pace University.
Penelope Winn is a director of Caltex Australia Limited, a director of CSR Limited, Chair and Director of Port Waratah Coal Services Limited and a member of the UTS Business School’s Advisory Board and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has previously served as an executive director of the Myer and Woolworths businesses, and as a non-executive Director of Quantium, sass & bide, and Greengrocer.com, and was a member of the Australian Payments Clearing Association’s CECS Advisory Council. Ms Winn has over 30 years of experience in retail in senior management roles in Australia and overseas, including as Director Group Retail Services with Woolworths Limited where she was responsible for leading the Logistics and Information Technology divisions, Online retailing and the Customer Engagement teams across the organisation. Penny holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Joanne Gray is editor of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS magazine. She has led editorial teams at the AFR, Bloomberg News and Asiamoney in Australia, the US, Europe, and China. She holds a BEc, LLB and an MBA and is a director of the Shared Value Project and SydneySalon.org, and a graduate of the AICD's company director's course.
Cathy Doyle is Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group. Until recently she was the Cheif People Office for McDonalds Australia Ltd. Cathy has 25 years experience in executive people and business roles across a number of industries and regions including APAC. She has a huge passion for leading teams and supporting boards and CEO's in aligning people and business goals to deliver for clients and shareholders. Cathy has a commitment to making a wider contribution demonstrated by extensive mentoring to young men and women, (a finalist in the 2014 Mentor of the Year Award, Women in Finance Awards). She has fundamental experience in the NFP sector as Chair of Odyssey House and being a member of the Kings School Art Show Committee. Cathy has recent experience as a NED in the ASX environment.
Peter Wilson AM
Chairman: Australian Human Resource Institute Limited; Australian Network on Disability Limited; and World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA
Country Manager, Russell Reynolds Associates, Australia
Peter Wilson AM
Peter Wilson is Chairman of the Australian Human Resource Institute Limited, the Australian Network on Disability Limited, and the World HR Federation (WFPMA) as its President & Chairman. He is immediate past Chairman of Yarra Valley Water, of Vision Super, and currently a Director of the Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank, and also at Vision Super. He led the Business Council’s program to mentor senior executive women, is an Advisory Council member of the Harvard Business Review and is Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School in Melbourne. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, and an accredited PhD Supervisor at the Latrobe Business School, Latrobe University. He authored the book “Make Mentoring Work” in 2012 & 2015, and delivered the 2014 Kingsley Laffer Oration at Sydney University. Peter held senior executive appointments at ANZ, Amcor and the Federal Treasury, CEO of the Energy 21 Group, and also a range of senior board directorships.
Anthony Armstrong is a member of the global Consumer sector advising clients within the fast moving consumer goods, retail and media environments on succession planning, leadership assessment and recruitment of outstanding leaders. A member of the CEO and Board Service Practice, Anthony is also a member of the firm's Digital Transformation practice, helping clients build digital leadership capability and expertise in the areas of Mobile, Social, Big Data and Analytics. His clients have ranged from ASX-leading Australian corporations, global multinationals and private equity, through to leading arts companies. Anthony is also the Country Manager for Russell Reynolds Associates in Australia.
8:45am - 9:10am | Registration & Partner Exhibits
9:10am - 9:20am | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Krista Walochik, Chair of the AESC Board
9:20am - 9:50am | Opening Keynote Address: What the Trump Presidency Means for Australia & Asia
Simon Jackman, US Studies Centre
Introduction by Michael Keevy, Korn Ferry
Since 2009, Simon Jackman has served as a Principal Investigator of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative study of political attitudes and behaviour. At Elevate 2017, he sheds insights on US politics and how it will impact Australia and Asia.
9:50am - 10:45am | Organizations of the Future
Introduction by Steve Mullinjer, Chair, AESC Asia Pacific & Middle East Council, and; Regional Leader, Heidrick & Struggles
Oliver Bladek, McKinsey
Working at McKinsey since 2004, Oliver Bladek counsels CHROs on top strategic issues including delivering value through talent, organizational agility and the workforce of the future. Learn how companies can stay healthy for the long term as rapid change undermines traditional sources of stability.
10:45am - 11:15am | Networking Break
11:15am - 12:15pm | What’s Next for Boards?
Moderated by Joanne Gray, BOSS Magazine
Kevin Jurd, Spencer Stuart
Katie Lahey, Korn Ferry
Arlene Tansey, Aristocrat Leisure Limited
Penelope Winn, Caltex Australia Limited
Good governance is key to meeting the challenges and opportunities of the future. Take a deep look at the issues facing boards today including digitalization, risk management, diversity, cyber-security, disruption and executive talent.
12:15pm - 1:30pm | Cracking the Bamboo Ceiling
Moderated by Jason Johnson, Johnson
Karen Fifer, Heidrick & Struggles
Dai Le, DAWN
Felicity Menzies, Culture Plus Consulting
Yung Ngo, Westpac Group
Asia and Australia's futures are intertwined, yet a report by the Australian Diversity Council found that only 1.9% of executive managers in Australia are of Asian descent. This is even more striking when considering that around 10% of the population in Australia is of Asian ancestry. Explore the reasons behind the 'bamboo ceiling' and what strategies can be employed to see change at the executive and board level.
1:30pm - 2:30pm | Networking Lunch
2:30pm - 3:30pm | The New Wave: Executive Talent for the Next Generation
Karen Greenbaum, AESC
Introduction by Simone Mears, pac executive
How will Next Generation leaders differ from today's business leaders? AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, presents new research on how AESC's global C-suite decision makers are developing, and planning to develop, Next Generation talent in their industries. Learn the attributes Next Generation executive talent advisors will bring to meet the challenges of their future clients, and how our profession will evolve.
3:30pm - 4:30pm | Strengthening Client/Consultant Relationships
Moderated by Graham Willis, Watermark Search International
Vik Bansal, CEO, Cleanaway
Peter Wilson AM, Chairman, AHRI
Cathy Doyle, Group Executive, Rabobank
Anthony Armstrong, Partner & Country Manager, Russell Reynolds Associates
Knowing your clients and understanding their needs are the essential first steps to establishing meaningful and productive business relationships. Explore the expectations of clients and how executive search firms can build stronger, more meaningful relationships.
4:30pm - 5:00pm | Reforms to the 457 Work Visa & Permanent Sponsored Programs: Impact and the Way Forward in a Climate of Uncertainty
Teresa Liu, Fragomen
5:00pm - 5:05pm | Closing Address: New Heights & Peak Results
5:05pm - 6:30pm | Networking Cocktail Reception
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O'Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
27 O'Connell St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Set in the business district, this 1850s Beaux Arts property is a 5-minute walk from the train station and 8 minutes from Circular Quay Wharves No. 5 and No. 2 ferries. The airy, stylish rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, minibars, tea/coffeemaking facilities and room service, as well as desks and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have access to a lounge with food and drink included. Upgraded rooms/suites add iPod docks, balconies, whirlpool tubs and/or separate living areas.Amenities include a business centre, 2 elegant restaurants and a chic bar. There's also an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna, plus a spa and a fitness centre.