Human Capital

Exceptional Human Capital starts with best in class diverse talent. We are focused on identifying the best talent in Human Capital and in the Human Resource function through our work in Executive Search.

Dramatic changes have recently transformed the foundation of global business. Companies are confronted by changing market conditions, globalization, digitization, evolving corporate cultures and overall, the future of work. As the business world and operating models continue to transform, the change is being driven by highly sophisticated, data driven, and strategic Human Capital and Human Resource Leadership.

August Leadership’s Human Capital Practice provides clients with the broad and deep expertise, credibility, and influence within the Human Capital and Human Resource domain. As trusted advisors to our clients, we have successfully recruited and advised executives across all industry sectors, in all functional areas of Human Resources, globally.

Partnering with our industry sector and geographic specialists globally, our team offers clients unparalleled global coverage in every industry sector and market in the recruitment of elite Human Capital and Human Resource talent.

What We Do

Human Capital is the principal source of value for any organization. It represents the preeminent advantage or obstruction to the value a company can deliver to its customers, shareholders and to its employees. CEO’s have come to understand that a “Diverse and Inclusive People First” agenda is the win-win for the business outcomes of their organization, and that of their customers’ and communities.

The strategic planning, selection, development, and empowerment of leadership talent that is precisely aligned with the mission, situation and culture of an organization is the passport to value creation and sustainability.

Human Capital and Human Resource leaders have well-evolved as key talent and value strategists within the C-Suite. No longer strictly value enablers, these leaders are critical to the success of the Company’s mission. They are integral to value delivery.

Ensuring the right leaders are situationally well-aligned and empowered as value creators within their own areas, is the crux of an engaged and productive workforce, competitive advantage, sustainable customer partnerships, and the sustainability of any company.

An agile talent landscape, rich in diverse and inclusive perspectives is well-understood by top talent strategists. Business outcomes and value creation begin and end with the right leadership and the right talent strategy.

August Human Capital and Human Resource leaders understand the business, its mission, its moving parts, and priorities. August Human Capital leaders are well-experienced in the complexity of an evolving business agenda and inevitable disruptions. They are well skilled in translating strategy into action. They are capable of planning for a future that is undefined.

These leaders know that top tier talent is their organization’s differentiator. The talent strategy and agenda are critical: a shortage of top talent in an organization puts enterprise value at risk.

We at August Leadership, make it our business to deliver distinctive leaders. Our focus is Identifying and delivering distinguished Human Capital leaders, who align, nurture, and empower their leadership and talent strategy. These are leaders who in turn, deliver on the mission of their company, customers, and workforce, amid ever-changing circumstances and business cycles. Aligning the right Human Capital and Human Resource leaders to your organization is our life’s work.

Our Expertise

  • Human Resource Strategic Business Partners
  • Diversity and Inclusion – Strategy and Implementation
  • Organizational Strategy, Development and Effectiveness
  • Total Rewards & Benefits
  • Total Compensation Including Executive Compensation
  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Talent Management
  • AI, HR Analytics & Big Data
  • Succession Planning
  • Leadership Development & Assessment

Practice Team

Jerry McGrath


Jerry manages searches for human resources leaders across a vast array of industries and organizations, and his clients benefit from his three decades of global experience in both corporate human resources and executive search.

Umran Beba


Umran Beba is an experienced senior business executive with general management, talent and diversity background

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.

Eva Shaw


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

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.

Paul Chau


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

Christine Sobhani


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 


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.

Kristina Kalkman


Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent.

Claudia Seidner


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.

Markos Moya


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.

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.

Sarah McGowan


With over 25+ years of experience in the retail industry, Sarah has an extensive background in talent management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and general management.

Susan Waweru 

Advisory External Resource

Susan has over fifteen years’ experience sourcing the most exceptional candidates across sectors in international development, including public health, life sciences, climate change, environment, advocacy, agriculture research, and development finance.

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