Hobson Leavy Recruits Chief Commercial Officer for ProCare

April 4, 2024 – Auckland, New Zealand-based executive search firm Hobson Leavy has placed Jonathan Duncan as the chief commercial officer for New Zealand-based healthcare provider ProCare. “Jonathan will focus on two key areas across the organization,” said Bindi Norwell, group CEO at ProCare. “The first, is ensuring that the organization is future-proofed and has the resources and capability to deliver services to our communities across Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau. The second is looking at opportunities for growth to support health and well-being across Aotearoa New Zealand.”

“It’s a very exciting time for ProCare, particularly with all the changes in health, so we are thrilled to have someone of Jonathan’s caliber join the ProCare whānau and play a key role in the expansion of some of our services,” said Ms. Norwell.

Mr. Duncan has over 20 years of experience in senior finance roles both in New Zealand and overseas. During his earlier career, he held various financial roles in London and Melbourne across investment banking, wealth management and retail sectors.

More recently, Mr. Duncan worked at JUCY Group, as group financial controller and eventually became chief financial officer for a further six years. Since 2021, he has been employed with Les Mills International as their finance director, with his core responsibility to lead the New Zealand-based finance function. Mr. Duncan has strong experience in growing businesses, strategy development and execution, as well as building and empowering high-performing individuals & teams.

“ProCare is already doing some fantastic work for the community, so I am excited to contribute and share some of my knowledge with the team,” said Mr. Duncan. “There is plenty of great work to be done, so I’m keen to hit the ground running.”

Hobson Leavy, founded in 2006 by Carrie Hobson and Stephen Leavy, focuses on CEO and executive-level and non-executive director appointments across all sectors in New Zealand. The firm has completed searches in sectors ranging from agriculture to wealth management. It has offices in Auckland and Wellington.

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Ms. Hobson has over 25 years of corporate experience, initially in banking and finance and later in executive search. She has held senior positions in corporate banking with major banks in both New Zealand and the U.S. and has worked with top-level executives optimizing financial performance and implementing company strategy. She has held directorships in both the private and public sectors, with particular expertise in finance, health and human resources. Prior to Hobson Leavy, Ms. Hobson was a partner with another New Zealand executive search firm.

Mr. Leavy has extensive international experience in senior-level executive recruitment. He began his career as a solicitor with New Zealand law firm Russell McVeagh. He then moved to London where he joined professional services recruitment firm Quarry Dougall, becoming an associate director. He remained with the firm after its acquisition by Nasdaq-listed TMP Worldwide. Mr. Leavy later returned to New Zealand and was a partner with another leading New Zealand executive search firm before co-founding Hobson Leavy.

Recently Acquired

Last year, recruitment company Accordant Group Limited acquired Hobson Leavy. “We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of another well-respected and market leading brand into the Accordant Group,” said Jason Cherrington, CEO of Accordant Group. “Hobson Leavy’s commitment to quality work and excellent outcomes is well regarded across the business community and aligns strongly with our existing culture and ethos. We look forward to working with founders Carrie Hobson, Stephen Leavy, and the team over the coming months as we bring added capability in executive search to Accordant clients, whilst introducing our wider group expertise and capacity to the Hobson Leavy team.”

“We now have the backing of a listed company, but what’s more pleasing is that we are part of a group whose entire focus is on solutions for the unique needs of New Zealand’s labor market,” said Ms. Hobson.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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