David joined Omera Partners in early 2019 as Partner in the Financial Services Practice. He was attracted to the firm by the prospect of working with a team of like-minded professionals who have a competitive spirit, believe in high quality work and are client centric.
An accomplished Executive Search professional with over 25 years in the business, David is one of the most respected and long tenured market participants in Australia whose advice is regularly sought by major financial services organisations as they transform and pivot in response to evolving market conditions and regulatory changes. He particularly enjoys assisting clients execute their business strategy through attracting the best individuals and teams aligned to their long-term purpose.
Prior to joining Omera Partners, David was the lead Financial Services Partner in Australia at one of the ‘big 5’ global executive search firms where he was responsible for developing the strategy for the sector including identifying growth opportunities for the practice in specific segments and ensuring that wherever practical, IP from the firms’ resources was deployed in Australia for the benefit of clients. David also had primary responsibility for developing and managing the firm’s largest Financial Services account in Australia and the region.
David has completed some of the highest profile executive searches in Australia and at Omera Partners has responsibility for securing and executing the firm’s most senior assignments in financial services. He finds nothing more satisfying in his day-to-day contact with clients and candidates than helping people make decisions about their careers that have such a huge impact on their day-to-day happiness.
David has successfully completed search mandates within financial services across most specialist areas. This has included the more established segments within banking (Investment and Commercial Banking) and investment management (mainstream listed and unlisted asset classes, alternative investments and distribution), but over the last few years, has evolved with the market to include data and analytics, artificial intelligence and other roles within the operational and regulatory landscape.
David has also advised and executed ‘team lifts’ for clients, has completed boutique acquisitions within investment management and undertaken pre-deal due diligence.
David holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, has established and run his own boutique firm that was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2014 and prior to this was an Executive Director of a firm that successfully listed on the ASX.
David is married with three very sporty and energetic sons and has lived in both Melbourne and Sydney.