Johnson Appoints Two New Practice Leaders

June 25, 2019 – Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson appointed Claude Ringuet as partner and leader of the firm’s consumer & retail, healthcare & life sciences and sports practices as well as Dianne Cassen as partner and leader of its real estate and construction practice.

Mr. Ringuet is a seasoned executive who brings over two decades of C-suite level commercial experience in professional services, consumer goods, technology, logistics and sports with some of the world’s leading organizations, both in Australia and internationally including having led the consumer practice for Heidrick & Struggles in Asia.

Previously, he was managing director for Nielsen Sports and Entertainment based in Singapore, where he led a large advisory team across the Asia-Pacific region, working with world leading brands and sports right holders and broadcasters at CEO and board level. Prior to that, Mr. Ringuet was the vice president for SAP Asia Pacific and Japan running the retail, FMCG, sports and life sciences practices. In that role, he advised and partnered with leading local and multinational companies, with an interest in optimizing their digital platforms.

Commencing his career at McKinsey & Company, Mr. Ringuet has had a distinguished career holding senior leadership roles in Asia and Australia with Accenture, CEVA Logistics, Campbell Arnott’s and Heidrick & Struggles. In his earlier career, he was an elite rugby union player including playing with NSW in the precursor to the Super 12 Rugby competition and subsequently for leading clubs in Europe.

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“I’m very excited by Claude’s appointment as he will continue to grow our strong consumer and retail, and healthcare and life sciences practices, while assisting us to build a market leading sports practice,” said Jason Johnson, managing partner. “Claude’s 20-plus years’ of C-suite experience in world leading organizations, including having led the consumer practice across Asia for Heidrick & Struggles, means he brings deep insights into the respective client needs and talent requirements.”

“I was incredibly attracted to Johnson’s client inspired model which drives faster, higher quality executive search outcomes,” said Mr. Ringuet. “The Johnson team have introduced state of the art tools and IP to ensure that they continue to transform the search industry. This approach is extremely compelling and I look forward to assisting our clients to retain a competitive advantage and to stay relevant for the digital age.”


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Ms. Cassen has over 20 years’ experience in executive search, human resources and coaching. She was recently head of human resources at Meriton, one of Australia’s largest property development companies. Previously, Ms. Cassen held senior executive roles in Talent2 and Hudson – two of Australia’s leading executive recruitment and HR consulting companies. She was part of the team that established Talent2 in Australia and an executive committee member for 10 years. Her experience includes several hundred senior leadership searches in property development, property funds management (REITs), portfolio and asset management, property investment banking, construction and design.

Ms. Cassen is a regular presenter on career and leadership related topics. She has been a mentor for both the Australian Human Resources Institute and National Association of Women in Construction for many years, a longstanding volunteer for the Property Industry Foundation, and a director in the not-for-profit sector.

Johnson is a consulting firm working in board search, executive search, leadership successions and growth strategies. Established in 2015, the firm has additional offices in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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