May 4, 2018 – Australian executive search firm Fisher Leadership has been enlisted by Blackburn, Victoria-based Multiple Sclerosis Ltd. to lead its search for a new CEO. Managing partner Liz Jones is spearheading the search for someone to “lead the organization through its next significant stage of transformation and growth,” said the recruitment firm.
The new CEO will be charged with leading the group toward adapting and responding to the changing landscape in providing health services while delivering on its strategic plan. Ensuring a commercial approach and further strengthening relationships with government, health, community and corporate agencies are central to this position, said Fisher Leadership.
The CEO will be expected to represent and advocate for the interests of those with multiple sclerosis and their caretakers and will focus on developing funding partnerships and programs that are in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission and values.
The ideal candidate will be a values based and experienced leader with a proven ability in shaping a consumer-oriented organization, guiding culture change, strategic planning, advocacy, driving innovation and influencing key initiatives with a diverse range of stakeholders, said the search firm. The individual should have highly developed emotional, analytical and presentation skills as well as energy and enthusiasm. Commercial and financial management experience are essential to the role as are excellent communication skills.
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MS Ltd. is the preeminent source of information, advice and services for people living with multiple sclerosis. The group is a combined entity of Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania with 60 years’ experience of providing insight into how to live well with the disease.
MS Ltd. has been supporting and helping people with multiple sclerosis since 1956. Through an extensive network of centers, branches, support groups and health services, the group provides specialist programs to people with the disease, their families, caretakers, friends and health care professionals. MS Ltd. informs people with multiple sclerosis how best to achieve as full and healthy a lifestyle as possible while managing the symptoms of MS, raises funds for the provision of services, programs and research, educates the community and serves as a liaison with government and other bodies on MS-related issues.
A Top Recruiter
Ms. Jones, who joined Fisher Leadership in 2010, handles executive appointments at the most senior levels across all sectors and specializes in the retail and consumer sectors. Among her contributions, she has helped to grow the firm’s health and life sciences and established and expanded the national independent school practice.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jones spent 12 years as a senior consultant with a large international executive search firm and was responsible for managing the retail/FMCG practice. She has placed such roles as: general manager merchandise, general manager marketing, country manager and general manager.
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Ms. Jones entered the recruitment industry 15 years ago with a national recruitment firm. Her initial role involved recruitment for the information technology sector. In 2016, Ms. Jones was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Ms. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree from La Trobe University and an MBA from Deakin University. She is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fisher Leadership, formerly Jo Fisher Executive, is based in Melbourne. Founded in 2002, it operates nationally and internationally on behalf of Australian and New Zealand organizations. The firm’s services include executive search, interim appointments, career coaching and mentoring, and leadership advisory. Fisher Leadership focuses on organizations with strategic objectives that include positive social impact, in which strong people skills, change-agility and enthusiasm for positive societal outcomes are important leadership qualities.
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