Practice

Professional Services

The Professional Services sector has grown at more than 10 percent during the last five years. The success of such firms depends on acquiring, developing, and retaining professional talent, and configuring their talent pool to most effectively meet rapidly changing market needs.

As the sector has grown, so has competition. The historic model of long-term client relationships has changed as firms have shifted from local to national and national to global platforms. Firm assignments, which before might have been obtained through personal relationships, are now often won through sophisticated marketing campaigns and dedicated sales resources. It has also been observed that client relationships have been shifting toward project-based assignments from retainer relationships. Also, larger firms are assembling teams of specialized subcontractors to deliver complex projects. The implication for smaller firms is to market to the larger firms as well as to clients directly.

The average size of professional service firms has been growing due to consolidation. Local firms are expanding to national and even global platforms to serve major clients, and “mega firms” with tens of thousands of professionals are emerging. Clients are increasingly looking for multi-service firms to deliver complex projects. As client expectations rise, firms that can deliver integrated solutions are leading many engagements. Professional services organizations are shifting from the partnership model to complex corporate structures. This not only has legal and financial implications, but also affects organizational culture.

What we do

Organizations based on human capital must have a human resource strategy at the core of their business strategy to navigate the changes the sector is facing. They must have a clear vision of the role they will play in the market — technical resource, client relationship leader, project leader of subcontractors, market leader — and plan their talent acquisition, development, and retention accordingly.

The ability to articulate the role the company will play in the evolving market and to identify the professionals who best align with that strategy is critical. At August Leadership, we help our clients identify and recruit professionals who not only have requisite technical skills, but who also match the firm’s strategy and cultural goals.

Our Expertise

• Strategy Consulting
• Legal
• Technology Services

Practice Team

Asad Haider

Founder and CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

John L. Pothin

Partner
John has more than 30 years of experience across several industry sectors.

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner
Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Michael Maeder

Managing Partner - Asia
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Francis “Fran” Luisi

Partner - Human Capital Practice
Fran Luisi is a leader in executive search across industry sectors and multiple geographies, helping organizations build their depth and quality of their Human Capital (HC) and Human Resource (HR) talent and functions globally, as a Partner within the Human Capital and Human Resource Practice within August Leadership.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

David Florence

Partner
David has been successful in both large corporate and start-up environments. His career has included senior roles at Goto.com, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. David has traveled the planet working with Global 2000 and governments to implement Big Data solutions.

Asad Haider

Founder and CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Kimberly Bishop

Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner
Kim is an experienced C-suite executive and expert advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience.

Michael Maeder

Managing Partner - Asia
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Francis “Fran” Luisi

Partner - Human Capital Practice
Fran Luisi is a leader in executive search across industry sectors and multiple geographies, helping organizations build their depth and quality of their Human Capital (HC) and Human Resource (HR) talent and functions globally, as a Partner within the Human Capital and Human Resource Practice within August Leadership.

John L. Pothin

Partner
John has more than 30 years of experience across several industry sectors.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

David Florence

Partner
David has been successful in both large corporate and start-up environments. His career has included senior roles at Goto.com, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. David has traveled the planet working with Global 2000 and governments to implement Big Data solutions.

Jane Feng

Consultant
Jane Feng is an Advisory Partner of August Leadership, based in Shanghai.

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