Your brand is what others say about you when you're not in the room.
~ Jeff Bezos

Nutricare is a highly entrepreneurial B-Corporation certified consumer products company. Founded in 2016, they have developed a range of ecological wound-care products that are sold through major grocery and pharmacy channels in Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific. Nutricare has been an innovative and disruptive force in this established category, winning numerous awards globally – of particular note they have recently won the Victorian 2019 Telstra Business of the Year award.

In July 2019, anticipating a phase of exponential global growth, their founder James Dutton engaged Emu to conduct a search to identify a technically astute CFO with sharp commercial acumen who would be able to contribute at a strategic level in this scale-up phase.

In October 2019, Luke Leviston joined Nutricare as CFO. Luke’s experience from PwC and Lovisa equips him with the technical, commercial and leadership skills to build a world-class finance team, and provide commercial decision-support as Nutricare develops exciting new products and expands their global footprint.

"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ed and Luke and the team at Emu to help with our executive search, successfully recruiting for our CFO position. Their online and offline support has been second to none and their diligence in producing top candidates suited to the our needs for the role was outstanding."
James Dutton
Founder & CEO

Redbubble is a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork. The company was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, and also maintains offices in San Francisco and Berlin.

In November 2019, Emu was engaged to search for an experienced Strategic Pricing & Promotions executive with the capability to create this new function at Redbubble, establishing their pricing architecture and strategy, and leveraging deep analytics to deliver actionable insights across the Leadership Team. In April 2020, James Wadden will assume this position, on-boarding remotely.

James was the Group Pricing Manager at Swisse Wellness. He is well positioned to help Redbubble drive business growth through pricing, promotions and proactively managing product performance across all markets, categories and products.

"Ed ran an excellent process, providing a strong short list and the ultimately successful candidate, despite some curve-balls from us. He quickly understood our needs both in the role and from a partner. Communications throughout were excellent. I would definitely recommend Ed."
Brett Watson
Chief Commercial Officer

GALE Pacific is an Australian-based public company (ASX: GAP) with operations in Australia, the USA, China and the United Arab Emirates. The business operates across Retail and Commercial sectors and has net revenues of ~A$150 million.

In June 2019, Emu was approached to conduct a CFO search to replace Matt Parker, their incumbent CFO who was leaving after 4 successful years’ driving business transformation and building a platform for sustainable growth.

Emu identified and assisted with the appointment of Domenic Romanelli in September 2019. Domenic brings to the business an outstanding track record, having held CFO and finance leadership positions at Orica, Smorgon Steel, BHP and Deloitte. His exposure to manufacturing and distribution, along with depth of expertise in M&A, Treasury and Transfer Pricing will provide GALE Pacific with an invaluable skill set as they look to drive global growth in all markets, across all channels.

“Ed Michelsberg, and Emu Search more broadly, have quickly become trusted partners of our business. What I appreciate most about working with Ed is his ability and determination to understand our business, our culture, and our needs, from the outset. Combining this knowledge with Emu’s innovative approach to identifying new talent, and extensive existing networks, ensures we are always confident of great outcomes. Ed has a practical, direct, style that is appreciated. He provides valuable insights and effective counsel. He challenges appropriately, as good partners do. Working with Emu Search is a pleasure and, whether there’s a project on or not, I always feel they’re there to support us. I would recommend the team at Emu Search for any business seeking a strong, capable recruitment partner – in the true sense of the word”.
Nick Pritchard
Group Managing Director

Bunnings Group is part of the Wesfarmers Group a publicly limited company trading on the ASX (ASX : WES) and widely known as Australia’s leading retailer. With over 300 stores in Australia & New Zealand and $14bn in annual sales it leads the home improvement category and continues to drive innovation through it’s stores and rapidly increasing digital footprint. 

Emu were approached to conduct two critical searches as Bunnings took the view that a fresh approach was required to lift capability across their HR and Supply Chain & Logistics functions. We were pleased to announce the successful on-boarding of Damian Zahra General Manager HR and James Hubbard General Manager Supply Chain & Logistics through an extensive search process.  

Damian brings to the business a deep understanding of the future of work and modern HR practices gained from his last two leadership roles as GM HR at Vicinity Shopping Centres and Head of HR at REA Group. Damian played a pivotal role in shaping the culture and environment at Vicinity as they were awarded a top 20 spot in Forbes global best places to work. 

James brings to the business a history of successful supply chain transformation at large complex listed and private global businesses like Cotton On clothing, Amcor and George Western Foods to name a few. James re-shaped Cotton On’s global supply chain and brought innovation and efficiencies to a fast moving retailer with over 150 regional dispersed stores.  

“As a CEO, Luke is a trusted partner and adviser to both myself and many members of our executive team. He has a wide and deep knowledge of the executive talent landscape and understands the future of work. He is naturally curious and open to ideas and is very innovative in his approach to identifying and attracting new talent. Luke’s style is practical, commercial and down to earth which has enabled him to develop such effective relationships. I feel we are able to rely on Emu Search to provide quality executive search and talent services including solving critical, confidential and complex General Manager assignments. I’d highly recommend Emu for executive and senior leadership appointments across a wide array of roles within an organisation”.
Michael Schneider
Group Managing Director

With origins in Retail, GNC Group Consulting’s team works across all industries in different functional areas, including finance, logistics, merchandising, corporate strategy and project delivery. Their extensive business and consulting experience is a result of engagements across Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Entering a period of significant growth, GNC sought a Resourcing Partner to assist in the growth of their consulting practice through the appointment of both contract and permanent staff in the Business Partnering and Project Delivery space. At the time of writing, 18 consultants have been appointed through our partnership. 

In 2017, GNC merged with Grant Thornton Australia to further benefit their clients, especially in the retail sector. With combined specialised advisory services, they have the capability to solve complex cost, efficiency and profitability challenges to deliver leading performance and profit improvement solutions.

“I have worked with Dom and Ed for a number of years to support our consultancy practice during a period where we tripled our business over a three-year period. From the outset, they quickly grasped the skillset required, and more importantly understood the culture of our organisation, and hence the cultural fit required of individuals. This led to a very successful partnership between both organisations, with shortlists presented being a very good fit for our business, and high conversion rates from interviews. There is no doubt that without Dom and Ed, GNC Group would not have been able to achieve the growth that we have been able to achieve.”
Nick Johnston
Partner & Co-Founder