1st Executive

We find, retain and develop
executive talent for our clients

Executive Search, Interim Management, Recruitment & Leadership Development


Need a fast start as you seek to secure, retain and develop the best talent at every level? Click the link now


Finding and developing leaders and teams, then helping them perform are your competitive advantage.

Secure, retain and develop the best talent at every level.
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When Michelangelo saw the ‘spirit of David’ in a block of weathered marble in the yard of the cathedral workshop in Florence, he saw what others couldn’t. His commission embodied, insight, custom design and a result that had proven beyond the capabilities of other sculptors. For us, meeting the brief is not enough we have to see inside the people that we present to find unique value.


Our proven diagnostics and investigative processes take us from your early view of what you want from your team to an evidence-based perspective on what you need. This is a fast, cost – effective way to develop and implement your plan


We'll share our research with you and discuss what it means for your business and your people. This ranges from how employees see their working future, to where remuneration is headed and the key drivers of employee engagement


The hidden value that exists within the performance of your team is easily missed. Assessments are often used in the selection of new people, but are far too rarely used to understand the potential of the people you already have.


People and brand are your best source of competitive advantage. We help organisations unlock the potential for competitive advantage that exists within their current and future team. It’s not complicated but it will make you think.


Our custom by design approach has seen us working with global network partners to produce outstanding results and resources for our clients across our major disciplines

executive search network npa worldwide
executive search affiliate spenglerfox
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Looking for Your Custom Career ?

We will also engage you, the candidate in a discussion about your custom by design career. The right career choice for you produces the best value for our clients. See our featured and all current roles or just complete a Registration Application to stay on our radar

What Our Clients Say

 We are proud of the long-lasting relationships we’ve built with our clients. Relationships driven by products and services that create value and results. Here’s what our clients have to say about us…

"The team at 1st Executive understand how important having the right people can be and take the hard work out of the recruiting process. They think things through and are always well prepared. It’s like they are an extension of our business."

Jeremy Stewart

VP Global Marketing

Swann Communications


“1st Executive are a great organisation to work with, a safe pair of hands always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we get a great outcome. Their unique ability to combine technical skills in HR, bigger picture strategic thinking, adoption of emerging technologies and practical implementation is a real competitive advantage in the market. A joy to work with!"

James Mason

Managing Director


"We continue to have a relationship with 1st Executive because of the consistently high results achieved both in staff selection and consulting in our business.”

Rob Rio

Managing Director

Rio Industrial Group


So, if you really do want to grow, be more profitable, make change, make a difference… if you really are in the business of managing and you really do have major challenges, need to find leaders, develop those leaders, build a team or help them perform, we’d be delighted to talk


Level 17, 31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
+61(0)3 8617 8100

Read Our Insights

We couldn’t be “custom by design” without having a point of view. We’ll do our best to stay on track with some original thoughts and also in sharing some of the best thoughts of others we come across – feel free to pass these on or start a dialogue

Transformation is now a much broader discipline and goes to the heart of leaders understanding what is needed to make change successful.

What has changed in recruitment and selection and executive search? What are the new workplace and leadership attributes that employers should be looking for in their recruitment and selection

This is an extract from the Executive Summary of the 2021 Mindshop Business Leader Insights Report “Leadership Behaviours for High Performance”.