Board & CEO

The need for a strong, effective board of directors has never been greater. The board’s role has become much more wide-ranging, complex, and demanding.

What We Do

The boardroom has undergone significant change since the financial crisis. One major trend over the past decade has been the professionalization of the corporate director’s role. The job is more active and demanding than it was. There is greater transparency, more pressure for diversity, stakeholder activism, more potential for litigation, sustainability, to name but a few of the contemporary pressures.

The modern board consists of specialists, with each member expected to contribute a strategic perspective to the organization. There is widespread demand for expertise in areas including technology, marketing, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, emerging and international markets.

At August Leadership, we pride ourselves on our partner-led search approach to work globally with public listed, PE backed, private, not for profit and family owned organizations to build and enhance boards which can improve their effectiveness and performance.

As their champions of diversity within our firm and in executive search – across industries – we understand the importance of diverse thinking on boards and are adept at finding diverse talent to provide our clients with a well-balanced board. We present a diverse short list on every assignment.

Our Expertise

  • Board Member Recruitment
  • Board Structure
  • Board Composition
  • Board Orientation
  • Advisory Boards

Practice Team

Mary Macleod


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.

Piers Marmion


Piers is a Cambridge graduate who following an early career in family office private equity has spent over 25 years in leadership roles in the human capital sectors as a founder entrepreneur, CEO, board Director and investor.

Peter Grech


Peter has over 20 years of experience in an executive search spanning several continents. His expertise includes Insurance, Financial Services, nonprofits, Human Capital, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics, and Risk Management.

Alastair Paton


Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

Eva Shaw


Eva has over 23 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

Tiffany Goodlet


With over 25 years of business consulting experience, Tiffany is known for being a trusted business advisor to executives. She is recognized for her expertise in people strategy and her ability to assess top talent for critical roles.

Ken Schwenke


Ken is a seasoned business leader, developer, and board member having served in leadership roles ranging from command of Marine units to serving as president of a $1.5B public company.

Gavin O' Malley


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.

Chun Liew


Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

John Purkiss


John has over 25 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Eugenio Riquelme


Eugenio has deep practical experience as a search consultant and leadership advisor at both public and private boards, C-suite, and business heads level, mainly in the financial sector and financial function in various industries.

Lukas Beech


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

Michael Maeder


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

Nicole Kamaleson


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.

Louise Gatenby


Louise has 25 years of non-executive and executive search experience working with clients in the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia supporting the appointment of diverse and purpose-led leaders into non-executive and senior leadership roles.

Dr. Bruno Weidl


Bruno is a highly experienced and recognized Executive Search/Coaching Consultant, Non Executive Director and serial entrepreneur.

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