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Client Perspectives

“I have such appreciation for all the hard work done on the recruitment side and all in record time. We can be difficult but Jack Hammer’s efforts have really given us momentum in South Africa. They’ve laid a great foundation for us.”
Swiss Re Tava Madzinga – CEO, UK and Ireland: Swiss Re
“First and most important I think we found an ideal candidate. The process agreed for the search was implemented to plan. All in all a very positive experience; I would recommend your firm and I would rate your service highly.”
Swiss Re Steve Ross – Director, Christel House International
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Jack Hammer team; very professional service offering which delivered us an excellent set of candidates. Many thanks and look forward to working with you again.”
Alterra Bruce Steen – Partner, Alterra Capital Partners (formerly Carlyle Group)
“One phrase that I learned from Jack Hammer is: “We don’t look at the problem, we look at the solution”. Jack Hammer matches the need of the company and the individual. This sounds very simple but it is very difficult to achieve. Jack Hammer perfected this in my process.”
Rijk Zwaan Thys van Zyl – Finance Director, Rijk Zwaan
“It has been a great privilege for me to finally have the chance to work with you – and to see the consistency and professionalism you bring from both a board and hiring manager perspective. Congratulations on all you continue to do to grow Jack Hammer and have impact on the world!”
African Leadership Academy Chris Bradford – co-Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy
“We worked with Jack Hammer on recruiting a very specific profile for an industrial start up. They captured our challenges well, despite the unusual mandate. Candidates were of high calibre with some original profiles, which enriched our thinking. Overall a great experience; we’ve experienced the same professionalism with the whole team.”
African Leadership Academy Jerome Boyet – Managing Director, TMH Africa
“Our candidate is doing wonderfully. The gap that we had needed someone who would hit the ground running and she did. She’s been remarkable and the culture fit is spot on.”
African Leadership Academy Pat Hadebe – Finance and Business Manager, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
“Your help and assistance have been invaluable and it’s been a pleasure to work with you on this important hire”.
Higher Ed Partners Dawid Rheeder, former MD, Europe and South Africa – Higher Ed Partners
“The new CEO is working out very well and the change in the business is very noticeable already. He has been a great hire and more importantly he is really enjoying himself. “
Sanlam Paul Hanratty, Group CEO, Sanlam
“The experience again was great and very professional.”
Capitec Gerrie Fourie, CEO – Capitec
“Jack Hammer delivered quality candidates in line with the brief and kept me informed thought the process, helping to manage my expectations. Moreover, they demonstrated great flexibility on their part whenever there was a change in our requirements. Overall, it was a great experience for me as the client. “
Absa Bongiwe Gangeni: Deputy CEO – RBB ABSA
“Jack Hammer is our ‘go to’ recruiter for senior-level searches in our portfolio companies (including several FMCG businesses). They have achieved great results for us, even on the most challenging assignments across Southern Africa.”
Investec Peter Baird, former Head of Private Equity: Investec Asset Management

Case Studies

When the Stakes are High

When the Stakes are High

The Brief Our newest client in the philanthropy space embarked on a continent-wide programme of work aimed at achieving financial inclusion and stability in Africa. Jack Hammer was selected as the search partner of choice to appoint technical, research and commercial...

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Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks

The Brief When we take on the task of finding a great leader for a client, we know there will be more than one party involved. In this instance, our client was three-headed: the private equity investor, the CEO of their portfolio company and a minority shareholder....

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‘No Hire – He’s Overqualified’!

‘No Hire – He’s Overqualified’!

There are times in business when ‘no’ ultimately means ‘yes’. More times than one might imagine, in fact. Particularly when it comes to hiring people who don’t tick all the boxes on the job spec. The job spec itself requires a case study all on its own. But, to...

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Searching for Great Clients is Sometimes Muddy Business

Searching for Great Clients is Sometimes Muddy Business

The Brief We are occasionally approached by potential clients who leave us wondering whether we actually want to partner with them or not. And sometimes, we turn them down. Here is an example of one where we made the right call, despite some real concerns: The...

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Sourcing Executives in Africa – It Gets Tough

Sourcing Executives in Africa – It Gets Tough

The Brief We were mandated by our global financial services client to source an MD for their insurance subsidiary in Mozambique. Sounds straight-forward? Turns out – it was not. Because our client wanted it all (of course): an executive - preferably Mozambican...

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Innovation Meets Desperation in the Search for IT skills

Innovation Meets Desperation in the Search for IT skills

The Brief The roll out of new banking products and services that our retail banking client had ambitiously planned, was dependent on key tech skills in specific disciplines at Architect, Analyst Developer and Developer levels. What they faced was a massive skills...

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The Tale of Taming a Treasurer (or Two)

The Tale of Taming a Treasurer (or Two)

The Brief Our client, headquartered in Singapore, is Asia’s leading agribusiness group. Ranked amongst the largest listed companies on the Singapore Exchange, they employ 90,000 people globally and have a substantial presence in Africa. The range of African currencies...

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It’s Never a Walk in the Park

It’s Never a Walk in the Park

The Brief Who wouldn’t want to work for one of the top global reinsurers operating in more than 25 countries globally? The South African operation is given solid support by the parent company and is perceived to be one of the strongest technical reinsurers in the MEA...

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Big Fish, Small Pond

Big Fish, Small Pond

The Brief Take an industry leader in the fish and seafood market exporting 70% of their goods to Europe from Southern Africa. Add a pending business restructure to position their growth strategy. What they needed: a big fish, to be based in a small pond (Namibia)....

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Will We Find a Black CIO?

Will We Find a Black CIO?

The Brief Our client, a listed Top 40 retailer, was starting to think about a succession plan for their executive team. In particular, someone to take over as Chief Information Officer because the incumbent was considering early retirement. When we’re called in to...

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Internal vs External Appointment?

Internal vs External Appointment?

The Brief The big dilemma for our client: should they appoint someone internally or externally to a key role? They wanted sight of the competitor landscape to explore: To whom they should compare their internal people? How well would their internal candidates stack up...

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