Technology & Innovation

At the beginning of a new decade, the technology industry is faced with a tricky balancing act: how to continue to drive innovative solutions while grappling with the side effects of those solutions in the global economy. The challenge here is the scale that technology can achieve and the evolutionary aspect of mixing digital and physical worlds.

Industry-wide change is rapid, affecting business models, the competitive landscape, customer types, buying patterns, M&A activity and more. Technology has grown far more complex. Infrastructure products, in the cloud age, have morphed into myriad choices around software-as-a-service applications, data tools, and a stack of evolving technologies, including blockchain, AI, IoT and 5G.

Media is evolving toward an increasingly direct-to-consumer model, as apps, social media, mobile and streaming become preferred formats for information and entertainment delivery. Leaders must keep pace with a unique combination of vision, cross-platform experience, the agility to respond to new sources of data, and – perhaps most importantly – the capacity to build and inspire diverse teams with varied skillsets.

Change in the mobility market is constant with evolving business models for transporting people and goods. As instability increases, competition grows, regulations change and markets shift it becomes more important than ever to ensure that a leadership framework is in place that is capable of identifying potential, driving development, accelerating readiness, and energizing transitions. 5G in particular will leverage and extend the R&D and capital investments made in prior mobile technologies to advance mobile to a platform which delivers the ubiquity, low latency, and adaptability required for future uses.

With the advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things, it has never been more important for businesses to keep on top of their cybersecurity measures. The Chief Information Security Officer and their team must be able to advise the board and the CEO directly. We can help you build teams with the right competencies and recruit leaders who can balance security requirements with business objectives.

Thanks to the sweeping wave of digitization, everything from software to transportation can now be sold as a service. Digital practices are clashing with older ways of doing business, breaking down geographical boundaries. We provide both digital and legacy companies with the leadership to harness disruption, rather than succumb to it.

What We Do

In view of these dynamics, leaders must focus on innovation and active adaptation. Those who enforce a culture of integrity, sustainability, corporate responsibility, and adaptability—while also focusing on cost optimization, security, market positioning, and operating efficiencies—will ultimately succeed. It is no longer enough to adopt best practices; contemporary leadership must imagine and invent next practices. The global war for talent is real and must be an organizational priority to maintain the pace of innovation needed to compete. At August Leadership, we are well suited to help our clients win that war for talent.

Our Expertise

  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile and Wireless
  • IoT/IIoT
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Cyber Security
  • Mobility and Automotive

Practice Team

Michael Maeder


Michael is a Partner of August Leadership 

Chun Liew


Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

John Purkiss


John has over 25 years of experience in executive search.  He has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Markos Moya


Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 25 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail 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.

Peter Grech


Peter has over 20 years of experience in an executive search spanning several continents. 

Arne Adrian


Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury goods and media industries. Arne also leads a personnel diagnostics business, Scan Up AG.

Mathew Bates


Mathew Bates is a partner leading the education, technology, and government sectors for August Leadership.

Anke Janssen


Anke has a long-standing career in executive search and has conducted board level and senior executive mandates across a range of geographies and industry sectors.

Hank Flores


Hank concentrates on assignments for senior leaders who drive growth, typically for companies seeking to improve strategic focus on their customers and consumers. 

Michelle Partipilo


Her experience spans a range of industries and sectors. Michelle specializes in VP, C-suite, and Board-Level searches primarily.

Ken Greger


With an impressive depth of domestic and international experience, Ken is well-regarded as a thought leader and advisor to the travel and hospitality industry.

Mrinalini Singh


Highly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Mrinalini is committed to her clients, candidates and colleagues.

Daanish Iqbal


As a highly accomplished relationship builder with a track record of excellence, Daanish has played a pivotal role in placing over 120 CEO and C-level executives.

Mary Macleod


As a trusted leadership advisor to boards, Mary chairs the Board & CEO Practice at August Leadership.

Kelly Smith O'Hara


Kelly is a seasoned executive search advisor known for her expertise in placing top-tier HR executives.

Thomas Fuller


Thomas Fuller is a seasoned senior leadership advisor and executive search consultant who serves clients across the global Consumer sector.

Nathalie Spree


Nathalie brings 15 years of leadership recruiting expertise in MENA region across multiple sectors. 

Faith Sharp

Associate Partner

Faith is experienced in leading retained C-Suite and VP-level executive searches for government contracting companies across diverse competencies.

Kathleen Avery


Kathleen Avery brings over 25 years of experience in executive search and specializes in technology innovation and digital transformation. 

Craig Sabina


Craig brings a decade of successful talent advisory expertise, specializing in executive roles across diverse sectors.

Sae Keun (Sky) Yoo

Advisory Partner

Sky has over 30 years of diverse industry experience, with a strong focus on automotive and automation solutions industry in Asia and North America.

Marina Paganucci


Marina specializes in media & entertainment, digital content, video games, innovation & technology, among others, across the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East, and APAC. 

James Gathercole 


James serves key clients in the industrial, consumer, technology and professional services sectors. He has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, consumer and healthcare businesses.

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