Johnson Names Professional Services, M&A Practice Leader

February 10, 2017 – Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson has appointed Warren Riddell as partner and leader of its professional services and mergers & acquisitions practices.

Mr. Riddell is an advisor to professional services firms in Australia. During his corporate advisory career spanning 30 years, he has worked in private investment companies and professional services firms around the globe. In his most recent role, Mr. Riddell was a partner at Beaton Capital, where he led buy and sell mandates and advised on new market entry and growth strategies for major international and local professional services firms.

Mr. Riddell has served as director of a private media investment company based in London and New York as well as joint managing director of an international engineering company. In addition, he served as partner in Ernst & Young’s corporate finance practice in the Middle East and Europe, and was partner-in-charge of Arthur Andersen’s Asia Pacific privatization & infrastructure finance practice. As managing director, he also led the turnaround of Hawkesbridge Capital, a private equity fund, raising over $100 million in funds under management.


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Mr. Riddell will also augment Johnson’s board & CEO and private equity practices, bringing deep expertise as a director and having run a private equity firm himself. “I’m incredibly excited by Warren’s appointment as he is one of the country’s leading advisors to the professional services sector on strategic growth opportunities,” said founder and managing partner Jason Johnson. “Johnson can now offer our professional services firm clients support in executing their growth strategies whether that involves a merger, the acquisition of a practice, a team lift-out or the appointment of a lateral partner.”

“Johnson is the ideal platform to assist professional services firms with their strategic growth requirements,” said Mr. Riddell. “We are the leading executive search firm to the professional services sector, with a track record of over 100 partner placements and numerous successful firm and team mergers, so I am excited about joining forces with a firm that has such deep passion for and competence in the sector.”

Johnson is a consulting firm working in board search, executive search, leadership successions and growth strategies. In November, the firm named Gregory Dohnt as partner and leader of its industrial & infrastructure and chief financial officer practices. Mr. Dohnt brings over two decades of experience with listed executive search firms, both in Australia and internationally. He has expertise in capital intensive sectors such as utilities, property, manufacturing and infrastructure. He has placed chairmen, non-executive directors, CEOs and the full range of key functional leadership roles into client organizations. With this background, he will augment Johnson’s digital & technology officer practice.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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