Robert Half's team of expert recruitment specialists are passionate about helping companies build superior leadership teams that help enable profitability and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Read more below about our Executive Search experts:
Craig Bernhardt, based in Sydney, Australia, brings over 22 years of global experience to the searches he conducts, working with clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East. He specialises in C-Suite and senior-level retained search engagements across a range of industries and functional areas. His clients include Private Equity firms, Family-Owned businesses, ASX and globally listed entities and many emerging to middle-market growth companies in the financial services, insurance, technology, consumer products, entertainment, real estate and professional services industries.
Throughout his career as a human capital and talent acquisition expert, Craig has earned a global reputation for discretion, effectiveness and excellence in executive search and assessment. He takes pride in gaining an in-depth understanding of the needs of both his clients and candidates in order to facilitate successful, high-quality matches. With a bespoke approach to every search, Craig’s goal is to ensure his clients build superior leadership teams, thus enabling them to create sustainable and competitive advantages in their respective markets. With a proven track record of placing senior professionals in a variety of businesses, Craig is adept at quickly gaining a deep understanding of an organisation of the cultural nuances.
With more than 22 years’ experience, Craig first joined Robert Half in London in 1999 and spent many years in Senior Leadership roles with the business in both London and Sydney within the firm’s practice. In 2010 Craig launched his own Sydney based recruitment firm specialising in the Senior Leadership space. He helps build senior executive leadership teams, including placing C-suite executives for roles such as CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CTO, Vice Presidents, GM’s and various Director level roles.
Gareth Whalley joined Robert Half in Sydney in 2006 after working with Ernst & Young and Viacom in London and around the world. In his time with the company, Gareth has excelled in his role delivering exceptional quality of service and expertise. His speciality lies in C-Suite and senior-level retained search engagements across a range of industries and functional areas, with clients across private equity firms, family-owned businesses, ASX 200 entities and many emerging to middle-market growth companies in the financial services, infrastructure, healthcare, technology, consumer products, entertainment, real estate and professional services industries.
Throughout his career as a human capital and talent acquisition expert, Gareth has earned a global reputation for discretion, effectiveness and excellence in executive search and assessment. Taking pride in gaining an in-depth understanding of the needs of both his clients and candidates, he continues to facilitate successful, high-quality matches.
With a bespoke approach to every search, Gareth's goal is to ensure his clients build superior leadership teams so that they can create sustainable and competitive advantages in their respective markets. With a proven track record of placing senior professionals in a variety of businesses, Gareth can quickly gain a deep understanding of an organisation's culture.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London, Gareth joined Viacom in an International Business Process Analyst role where he travelled around the world working in Viacom’s international operations. In 2006, Gareth joined Robert Half in Sydney and has specialised in facilitating senior placements across a variety of functions and industries.
Cameron Eustice, based in Melbourne, Australia, brings 24 years of search and commercial leadership to his search mandates, partnering with clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, United States, United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
Cameron specialises in C-Suite retained search engagements across a range of industries and functional areas. His client portfolio includes prominent ASX and multinationals, emerging SME growth companies, private equity firms and privately-owned enterprises. His broad client industry portfolio spans technology, financial services, mining & resources, healthcare, retail, consumer products, real estate & construction, industrial manufacturing and professional services.
Cameron has gained a reputation for excellence as a trusted advisor to his clients, partnering with Boards, C-suite and Executive/General Management to deliver superior leadership appointments. His high touch service, commercial mindset and commitment to collaborative client partnerships is paramount, whilst delivering discretion and excellence throughout each executive search.
Prior to joining Robert Half, Cameron held senior commercial finance leadership roles with two major listed multinational firms. Within these roles, Cameron led a major offshore transformation programme in the Asia Pacific region. Cameron’s foundational career was with Ernst & Young, consulting within the Assurance & Advisory practice across the technology, communications, property and construction market sectors.
Cameron earned his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and has been a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) since 2001. Cameron has a passion for supporting leaders to achieve both their personal and professional goals, and is a strong advocate for a number of community and not-for-profit organisations.
Patrick specialises in retained searches for C-suite and senior leadership engagements across a broad spectrum of market sectors. Patrick’s client base includes Private Equity firms, Family Owned and ASX Listed businesses and encompasses a comprehensive range of industries including healthcare, financial services, higher education, manufacturing and technology. Patrick has also worked with many emerging technology and start-up firms. Patrick has extensive experience in identifying and successfully attracting the best leaders in the market and has gained a reputation of thoroughness, accountability, professionalism and discretion in everything he does. Patrick recognises the value of interpersonal as well as professional fit and has helped many organisations with particularly challenging leadership assignments.
Utilising a bespoke methodology for each search, Patrick’s approach focuses on understanding the needs of his clients from every facet of the appointment and the wider impact its success will have for the organisation. Over the course of his career, Patrick has helped numerous organisations with business-critical appointments which have given them competitive advantage, turned around underperformance or enabled them to achieve challenging strategic objectives.
Patrick’s career began in technology consulting before moving into talent acquisition and recruitment in 2004, initially working in London before moving to Melbourne in 2012. Patrick’s methodology underscores his belief in the importance of developing a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the needs of his clients, as well as the broader context of the search, in order to deliver the best appointment. Patrick has partnered with hundreds of businesses to identify and appoint the best leadership talent for their organisations.
Patrick and his team take a holistic approach to each appointment; working with the key decision makers to thoroughly understand their comprehension of company cultures and values to ensure these are aligned with every new appointment. Patrick has been instrumental in helping numerous organisations through transitive phases in their history by sourcing the best leaders in the market, who are capable of leading businesses, whether in transition, expansion, or in the midst of a turnaround strategy.
Senior Director of Search Execution
In her role at Managing Associate, Jennifer is the head of the execution team for the Executive Search practice specialising in sourcing and placing C-Suite executives and senior leaders across all industry sectors. She has successfully completed many highly confidential search assignments across several business functions including finance, sales and marketing, operations, technology, legal and human resources.
Based in the Sydney office as a trusted business partner to the firm’s Managing Directors, Jennifer leads the execution of search mandates throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Jennifer’s consultative and collaborative approach, attention to detail, planning skills and clear business processes are what make her a trusted advisor to her clients and candidates alike.
Jennifer joined Robert Half in 1997 commencing her career within the firm’s Financial Services Practice. Since then she has embarked on a distinguished career of over 20 years’ in various operational and management roles both in London and Sydney and, as such, is well versed in every aspect of the Robert Half business. Jennifer has a reputation for excellence, candidate care and discretion and has acquired a strong network of senior contacts throughout her career. Her extensive market knowledge. confidentiality and project management skills ensure her search engagements are conducted seamlessly from start to finish.
Personal and Professional Activities
Jennifer has been involved with several charitable organisations, including volunteering with the Frenchs Forest Lions club fundraising for Kids with Cancer as well as participating regularly in Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and in the Share the Dignity ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign, a charity dedicated to helping homeless women and victims of domestic violence. She is also an active member of her sons’ school community, regularly giving her time to assist in fundraising activities.
Fluent in French, Jennifer graduated from Aston University in Birmingham, England with a Bachelor of Science Undergraduate degree in International Business and French which saw her spend a year studying business at L’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (Sup de Co) Bordeaux, France.
Director, Executive Search
Suzanne Panagiotopoulos is a highly experienced executive search professional who has worked with Australia's leading companies to appoint CEOs, C-Suite executives and Non-Executive Directors. She has an extensive senior level network and a reputation for excellence, client service, candidate care, discretion and confidentiality.
Suzanne has deep knowledge of a broad range of industries, particularly financial services, FMCG, life sciences/healthcare, sport and leisure, infrastructure, manufacturing and telecommunications. In addition to her extensive experience identifying, accessing, and developing best in class talent at C-suite and Board level, Suzanne has successfully appointed senior executives across finance, investor relations, economics, corporate affairs, and legal.
With a track record of delivering customer focused, strategic change for clients in listed company, multinational, public sector, and professional services environments, Suzanne is recognised and respected for her integrity and ability to manage through times of material change in sensitive internal and external environments. Her extensive career in executive search includes significant experience managing global projects across multiple jurisdictions to create highly commercial solutions for clients.
Lindsay Steinour is an Associate for Executive Search, specialising in sourcing and placing C-suite and senior-level executives across multiple industry sectors including financial management, sales and marketing, operations, technology, healthcare, legal and human resources. Based in the Melbourne office, Lindsay supports the Managing Directors in conducting searches throughout Australia. Lindsay prides herself on her thorough and consultative approach in understanding the needs and priorities of clients, as well as the expertise and aspirations of candidates, in order to make a successful match for both parties.
Lindsay has a BS in Accounting and began her career in tax advisory with PwC, where she specialised in expatriate tax planning and compliance for senior executives of multi-national corporations in a wide range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and professional services. She first joined Robert Half in Philadelphia, where she specialised in accounting and finance searches. Lindsay progressed with her recruiting career with a boutique accounting and finance search firm before emigrating to Australia.
Senior Associate - Executive Search
John Pappas (aka JP), based in Melbourne, Australia, brings many years of search and commercial leadership to his search mandates, partnering with clients across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific.
JP specialises in C-Suite retained search engagements across a range of industries and functional areas. His client portfolio includes multinationals, SME growth companies, private equity firms and privately-owned enterprises. His broad client industry portfolio spans banking, financial services, private wealth & private banking, funds management, superannuation, asset management, healthcare, and professional services.
JP has gained a reputation for excellence as a trusted advisor to his clients, partnering with Boards, C-suite, Executive & General Management to deliver superior leadership appointments. His high touch service, commercial mindset and commitment to collaborative client partnerships is paramount, whilst delivering discretion and excellence throughout each executive search.
Prior to joining Robert Half, JP was a leader of a domestic Executive search firm and prior, he was an Owner, Shareholder of an Executive Search & Advisory multinational firm for over 10 years. JP’s foundational career was within the Legal and Banking & Investment Banking arena and consulting within the various sectors across the globe.
JP has earned his Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Economics from Melbourne and Monash Universities, respectively along with Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a graduate member of the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
JP has a passion for supporting leaders to achieve both their personal and professional goals and is a strong advocate for several community and not-for-profit organisations.
JP is also a Non-Executive Director (NED) of an Aged Care Facility in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.
Utkarsh is an Associate at Robert Half, specialising in sourcing and placing executive leaders within finance, technology, operations, sales, marketing, and legal across multiple industry sectors. Based in the Sydney office, Utkarsh assists the Managing Directors in conducting searches throughout Asia Pacific. Utkarsh’s collaborative approach, coupled with his calm & composed nature make him a trusted advisor to clients and candidates alike.
Utkarsh joined Robert Half in May 2021. He began his search career in India with Stellar Search & Selection, where he assisted the Partners on searches across the Consumer, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Financial Services industries in Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2017, Utkarsh made the decision to pursue his Masters in Australia, where he later joined one of the country’s leading boutique executive search firms, Johnson Partners. His role involved assisting the Partners on the execution of several C-Suite assignments, primarily across the Consumer, Banking & Financial Services, and Healthcare industries. Utkarsh is extremely passionate about the search industry, with a firm belief that the right person in the right executive position can make significant change not just within the company, but across the industry as a whole.
Personal and Professional Activities:
Outside of work, Utkarsh has an avid interest in sports, spending a good amount of time watching and playing football. Additionally, he constantly makes a conscious effort to adopt new hobbies & skills, trying to learn whenever he gets the chance. Utkarsh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from one of India’s leading business schools, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, and a Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Head of Research
Ryan Marchant is a Research Associate specialising in both research and sourcing for executive and senior level leadership positions across multiple industries financial management, sales and marketing, operations, technology, healthcare, legal and human resources. Based in the Sydney Office, Ryan supports the Associates and Managing Directors to conduct searches throughout Asia Pacific.
Ryan joined Robert Half in 2018 for the Management Resources Division specialising in Senior Finance & Accounting position for temporary & contract engagements. Ryan’s detailed and methodical approach to each search make him a trusted advisor for both clients and candidates.
Coordinator - Executive Search
Emanuela Piras is the Executive Search Coordinator at Robert Half. Based in the Sydney office, she supports a dynamic, results-oriented team specialising in C-Suite, Executive, Director and Board level assignments.
Emanuela joined the Executive Search team in June 2021. Her broad administrative experience allows for the professional and efficient processing of quality client and candidate reports for the executive search teams across Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.
Personal and professional activities
Throughout her career, Emanuela has always enjoyed client interaction and focused on ensuring the best possible customer experience is always achieved. Her experience across retail, hospitality, sales and people management set the foundation for a highly collaborative approach across teams and clients.