August 20, 2015 – Sydney-headquartered executive search firm Boomerang Partners has placed former KPMG executive Martin Sheppard as chief executive officer of Spotless Group. He will replace Bruce Dixon, who will step down before the end of the year. The placement was the result of a six-month search process which culminated in a shortlist of 10 candidates.
Mr. Sheppard was KPMG’s national managing partner, brand and innovation, and before that was a partner in the audit practice. He has 23 years of auditing, accounting and transactions experience. In addition, he was a member of the firm’s national executive committee, and was the global chairman of KPMG’s global aviation group and partner in charge of audit in Victoria.
“Spotless is on a growth trajectory so we wanted someone who could continue that growth and the development of our strategy. Martin is someone who has skills managing tendering and contracts across a broad range of sectors,” said Spotless Group chairwoman Margaret Jackson. “Also very important in the search process, from my point of view, was to have someone with the highest ethical standards, a person with intellect and energy as well as humility. Martin has the business and personal attributes.”
Spotless is an Australian-owned, managed and operated integrated services company providing cleaning, catering, laundry services, facilities management and non-core business support to the Australia and New Zealand markets. The company employs more than 47,000 people and provides services to private and public sector clients within health; education; leisure, sports and entertainment; defense; government; business and industry; resources; utilities; and laundries.
Boomerang Partners provides executive search services at board and senior executive levels. The firm also provides leadership consulting services, including succession planning, executive assessment and board consulting services throughout the Asia Pacific region. The firm has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media