Finding great

leaders from

a Search less


Emu delivers Executive Search and Interim Management solutions to help move businesses forward.

Uncommon thinking

We do things a little differently to reach untapped potential in Executive Search and open even more possibilities for your business.

Forward focus

An agile response for today's context ensures diverse talent to help move your organisation & leadership forward.

Network mastery

Our Search Partners bring relationships that go beyond just business from 20+ years alongside remarkable leaders, with a shared outlook on success.


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Executive Search & Interim Management solutions


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Featured Extraordinary Stories
Featured case study
Help reset the role of finance within the organisation, balancing both value creation and stewardship.

- 5 Key Hires

- 100% Success

- Average of 46 days to hire

Andrew Murray, Former CFO
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“Very innovative in the approach to identifying new talent. Commercial while solving critical, complex GM assignments”

- 7x Placements

- 50/50 Balanced shortlist

- 60% Female success

- Average of 4 Weeks to complete

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Diversity in equal measure

Balanced representation is just part of the Emu approach to diverse talent.

June 14, 2024

7 Key Benefits of Improved CEO Stakeholder Engagement

Over the past 5 years Emu Search has had the privilege of working with some truly great CEOs, who’ve distinguished themselves by not just achieving financial targets or managing operations superbly (although this helps…) but by engaging expertly and effectively with their stakeholder groups. This engagement helps align everyone with the company's vision and strategic goals. Here's why it's so important.

May 30, 2024

Why use an Executive Search Firm?

A study by Harvard Business Review found that between 50-70% of executives fail within 18 months of their appointment. Further research from the Corporate Executive Board states that “of those, about 3% fail spectacularly, while nearly 50% quietly struggle”. These stats are concerning and should prompt business leaders and Boards to re-evaluate their executive recruitment process. This is particularly important in today’s challenging macroeconomic context where a key executive hire can mean the difference between business success and failure.

May 24, 2024

A Proactive Approach to Talent Acquisition is Critical to Success

Me: “When do you need to hire this person?” Client: “Yesterday!” Sound familiar? Over more than ten years of recruiting across the US and APAC, I've heard the same response 9 times out of 10. The struggle is real! Vacancies at any level can mess up business operations and stress out employees. But when those vacancies are in senior leadership or executive positions, it can seriously disrupt business continuity and achievement of key strategic goals.

May 16, 2024

Headhunting top tier leaders

In the first of our ‘market analysis’ series, Managing Partner, Luke Marshall, looks at how to better align your hiring process with the evolving expectations of top-tier executives, to ensure you get the hire you want. Don’t leave it to chance, listen, evolve and go the extra mile…

May 16, 2024

What you need for a successful search in the PE industry

This week we sat down with Ed Michelsberg, Managing Partner and Private Equity Lead at Emu. In this interview he shares his insights into what’s needed for a successful search in the PE industry - from both a client and candidate perspective. We explore the current interest in PE/VC leadership roles, the qualities required to succeed in a leadership role and predictions for the industry over the next 12 months.

September 11, 2023

Quick Fire Partner check in with Dom Cara

In this month’s quick-fire Partner check in, we sit down with the man who steers our Emu ship and keeps us on track and accountable every day. Dom Cara. Dom is one of our Managing Partners and COO, and with over 25 years’ experience in the Search industry, he knows a thing or two about people, executive search and how to find that perfect business/individual match when hiring. Dom knows how to stay cool, calm and collected and is always the first to check in to see how you are going. He also doesn’t mind a dress up, which we love.

August 22, 2023

Top 3 reasons every executive search will benefit from investing in Research and Talent Mapping

Will Kinkead may have only just joined the Emu team, but he is already bringing his passion and knowledge on executive research and Talent Intelligence, and opening doors for innovation and growth. He gives us his top three reasons every executive search will benefit from investing in a research and talent mapping.

February 11, 2022

Executive Search - A customer first approach

Establishing a successful customer-first strategy is not as easy as you may think.  Many organisations purport to be focused on the customer journey and customer outcomes, while more often than not it's more of an after-thought.

February 11, 2022

Leadership Agility for the new world of work

We’re currently experiencing a seismic shift in the way we work. Leaders now have an extraordinary opportunity to reconsider, redefine and reinvent how teams work, how they engage with them and how businesses operate.

February 11, 2022

Software as a Service in 2021 - what can we expect?

Throughout last year, we saw a number of significant growth industries across the tech sector, particularly around companies developing new business models and revenue streams as a direct response to the challenges of COVID-19.

February 11, 2022

Why cognitive diversity is the new competitive advantage

There are many companies that regard Diversity & Inclusion as a source of competitive advantage, a way to expand beyond the narrow realms and perspectives the company has operated, create untapped market potential by embracing new ideas and change.

February 11, 2022

Time to appoint your first Chief Customer Officer

It’s been well documented that the role of the CMO and even the term ‘marketing’ might not encompass all that is expected of a Marketing executive in the digital age. In just one recent example of the evolution of Marketing, we see ex-Uber CMO Steve Brennen switch to Fintech disruptors Zip Co in a newly created role of CCO (Chief Customer Officer).