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

Michael Maeder

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

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Paul Chau

Partner
Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

Gavin O’Malley

Partner
Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Jane Feng

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

Claudia Seidner

Partner
Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. Her focus industries include transportation, tourism and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, life science, and renewable energies.

James Gathercole

Partner
James has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses.  Clients value his deep understanding of the essential leadership characteristics of Chinese executives who succeed in western organisations. 

Arne Adrian

Partner
Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

Lukas Beech

Partner
Lukas Beech is one of the most influential search consultants in Asia, with about 20 years of deep expertise, especially in the Korean market.

Nicole Kamaleson

Partner
Focused on mission-driven or for-purpose organizations, Nicole has advised on C-suite talent transitions, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), board/governance, human capital, and organizational development.

Nicole Kamaleson

Partner
Focused on mission-driven or for-purpose organizations, Nicole has advised on C-suite talent transitions, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), board/governance, human capital, and organizational development.

Mary Macleod

Partner
As a trusted leadership advisor to Boards, Mary chairs the Board & CEO Practice at August Leadership. She focuses on CEO, Board Director and Non-Executive appointments, as well as succession and Board/leadership effectiveness.

Asad Haider

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

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

James Gathercole

Partner
James has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses.  Clients value his deep understanding of the essential leadership characteristics of Chinese executives who succeed in western organisations. 

Lukas Beech

Partner
Lukas Beech is one of the most influential search consultants in Asia, with about 20 years of deep expertise, especially in the Korean market.

Dr. Marion Welp

Advisory Partner
Dr. Marion Welp is a passionate global Human Resources, Transformation and Legal Executive, bi-lingual Lawyer, and Coach, who leads, inspires, and empowers international leaders, teams, and organizations to smoothly navigate corporate and personnel transformation and change to achieve sustainable, long-term success.

Markos Moya

Partner
As a Partner at August Leadership, Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail industries.

Michael Maeder

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

Paul Chau

Partner
Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

Arne Adrian

Partner
Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

Claudia Seidner

Partner
Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. Her focus industries include transportation, tourism and logistics, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, life science, and renewable energies.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Jane Feng

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

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