New Zealand Executive Search

Johnson Partners is one of the leading independent providers of high-quality Executive Search and Leadership Advisory in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Our bespoke approach to Executive Recruitment and Board Search is grounded in the understanding that every requirement is unique.

    The team has considerable experience in local and international cross-border work at the most senior levels. It is underpinned by the recognised judgement and expertise to balance necessary skill sets and personality/cultural fit, ensuring candidates meet organisational needs.

    Johnson Partners in New Zealand has an established track record of senior executive recruitment with over 90% of our work at Board, CEO and C-Suite level.

    A recipient of the Inaugural Global Idea Award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2021, we are committed to identifying and building truly diverse executive teams that mirror the present and future constituency of their customer or client base. Embedded diversity ensures organisations remain relevant, driving high performance particularly in areas of transformation or growth.

    The expansion of Johnson Partners into Auckland and Christchurch occurred through the acquisition of Caldwell New Zealand, creating a truly trans-Tasman Executive Search firm with five locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Christchurch.

    Johnson Partners across New Zealand and Australia fully utilises global Practice Groups through its international Alliance Partnership with The Caldwell Partners International Inc., one of the world’s premier providers of executive search. Caldwell International is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and has 22 locations across Canada, United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.

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Why Should I Use Johnson Partners for Executive Search in New Zealand?

    1. Proven & Customer Led
      Our tailored and targeted approach delivers to agreed critical milestones and is specifically aligned to clients’ needs, as well as taking into account the geographical, sector, and functional parameters of each assignment.
      We are committed to continuous improvement and provide surveys to shortlisted and appointed candidates, as well as clients at the end of each search process.
    2. Experienced Team
      Our New Zealand team is highly experienced and has worked for several major international search firms as well as smaller boutiques, servicing clients both large and small across a broad range of sectors.
      It has the added advantage of having worked together for a number of years and brings a collaborative and highly engaged approach to Executive Search, Board Search and Leadership Advisory.
    3. Fit
      Senior leaders are invariably recruited on skillsets and experience, but too often leave an organisation because of a disconnect surrounding personality and cultural fit.
      To support our strong emphasis and performance in this area, Johnson Partners and Caldwell are the only executive recruitment firms internationally able to use The Predictive Index – an integrated search and assessment programme.
    4. Trusted Partner
      Operating consistently at a senior level, more than 70% of our recent work is repeat business.
      We focus on developing deep, impactful and trusted relationships with our clients, ensuring long-lasting collaborative partnerships. Our experience and insights can significantly reduce the risks inherent in any senior executive search appointment.
    5. Off Limits
      We have carefully managed our trans-Tasman client footprint to ensure relatively few off-limits.
      Globally, the nature of our Alliance Partnership with Caldwell International ensures unrestricted cross-border reach for global talent.
    6. Global Reach – International & Expatriates
      We have a strong commitment to maintaining close relationships with senior level New Zealand and Australian expatriates working successfully offshore, as well as key international talent of note in global markets.
      Fully utilising our cross-border networks, our sophisticated “track and trace” capability ensures ongoing engagement and access.
    7. Talent Acquisition
      Johnson Partners leverages its relationships with Caldwell and IQ Talent Partners, an AI driven research and talent management firm offering a highly targeted and unique capability to identify the very best talent anywhere in the world.

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