Johnson Names Practice Head

November 15, 2016 – Sydney-based executive search firm Johnson has appointed 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.

Mr. Dohnt is recognized as one of Australia’s leading CFO search professionals, having placed many hundred of CFOs and finance leaders throughout his career. Over the years, he has also placed a number of leading CIOs and digital leaders and their teams with prominent ASX listed organizations. With this background, he will augment Johnson’s digital & technology officer practice.

“I’m incredibly excited by Gregory’s appointment. He will assist us in building a market leading industrial and infrastructure practice and his CFO search credentials will build on our already strong CFO practice,” said founder and managing partner Jason Johnson. “Gregory is one of the country’s top executive search consultants, and he has an exceptional track record of assisting ASX-listed and foreign multinational companies to connect with the premier leadership they need to transform their organizations, outperform the competition and to achieve their business goals.”

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Finance Recruiting Gaining Momentum 

Many executive recruiters say the list of skills required of CFOs, even the most seasoned finance chiefs, is long and growing: operational skills, leadership presence, long-term vision, industry expertise, investor relations savviness, and a global outlook are among them.

At the same time, the dynamics of the CFO market have changed significantly over the last few years, driven by several trends, including a rising number of CFOs taking early exits, the relative paucity of younger sitting CFOs, and many public companies expressing a strong preference for seasoned CFO candidates, according to a report by Deloitte.

A number of executive search firms have expanded their financial services practices in recent months. Here is a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

  • Boyden added John Burr, a partner at Boyden U.K., as the new leader of its global financial services practice. He specializes in both the traditional and FinTech subsectors of financial services across buy-side, sell-side and consulting, with a background in capital markets and investment banking. His track record is global, covering the C-suite in technology, finance, risk, and operations, including client coverage and product management;

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

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