Our consultants, associates and partners combine decades of experience in recruitment, senior management and human resources. Many have worked in the Emerging Technology sector, or as hiring professionals for high profile, dynamic organisations.
Having spent two years working in recruitment across the digital space, Ethan Tattersfield has settled in Melbourne, direct from his native London. He is passionate about Digital Marketing across the e-commerce and mobile/product landscape, and is looking forward to sinking his teeth into R&D at MitchelLake. A keen foodie, Ethan is also an Apple-fanatic (yes, he even has the watch), and with the London marathon under his belt his eyes are set for Melbourne's marathon in 2016.
Illona Vak is a Partner with Mitchellake in Melbourne and brings with her over 16 years experience recruiting across Digital, Marketing and Product from both local and international markets.
She joins Mitchellake after successfully running a boutique executive recruitment firm where she partnered with global and local businesses to deliver exceptional talent solutions. Illona is passionate about digital innovation within corporates and advising growth businesses on how to build successful teams.
Illona has invested her time developing deep networks across Digital, Marketing and Product. The culmination of her experience ensures recruitment strategy is always perfectly aligned to the client’s overall business strategy.
Illona’s success in the recruiting industry has been achieved through her sound ethics, ability to network and build relationships alongside her commercial understanding of business.
Originally from Scotland, Lara Morgan studied Psychology in her hometown of Glasgow, before making a move to the big smoke to pursue a career in online retail for a major UK clothing retailer.
Realising that the people element of the technology and innovation is what fascinates her most, Lara made the transition into recruitment 2 1/2 years ago, where she now focuses on the user experience, product and service design space.
Egyptian-Irish by decent (explains the year-round tan), Lara is a self-confessed foodie and enjoys exploring Melbourne's eclectic hospitality scene. When she is not wining and dining, you will find her hiking in country Victoria, attending music events or braving the morning cycle commute.
Matt Smith works in MitchelLake's Melbourne office and leads the Australian team for MitchelLake Consulting, working with an awesome team of humans who source talent across emerging technology, experience and service design, product, digital marketing, growth, data science and analytics.
Matt's domain expertise leans towards hiring senior roles in experience and design and he enjoys the balance of working with fast growth, early stage organisations and larger scale companies going through digital transformation and the unique challenges they both bring.
Originally from New Zealand, Matt spent time living in the UK before moving to Melbourne where he enjoys playing basketball, rearing indoor plants and incredible access to some of the world's best coffee.
Nick Krekis is fresh off the boat from London after working three years in a marketing specialist recruitment agency for the tech sector. He has a strong passion for digital marketing and a real geeky love for all things tech. With an accent and looks to that of Will from The Inbetweeners, he thought he could escape the ridicule he faced in the UK by moving to the other side of the world, sadly he was mistaken.
In his spare time you can find Nick cycling, training in Martial Arts or trying a new whiskey while convincing someone why Sony is a far more superior mobile than Apple or Samsung (HTC aren't worth mentioning).
With an MBA in hand, Rachel Chong set off with ambitious travelling plans to satiate her curiosity of the world, only to be offered a role in a startup which was too good to turn down. A wee taste of this bustling space has got her hooked and she joins MitchelLake with a zealous passion to learn all things tech and help connect great talent to some of the worlds most innovative startups.
An adventurous daredevil at heart, Rachel has stood on a suspended boulder above a 984m deep abyss and frequently scales rocks at heights that would make a grown man cry.
The MitchelLake Consulting team are supported by the Group's broader network of
passionate people across three continents.
Amanda Melo is MLG's Director of Finance and Operations. Before joining the MitchelLake Group, Amanda ran finance and operations for 5th Finger, where she played an instrumental role in the acquisition of the company by Merkle.
Amanda has also worked as a contract accountant for several small advertising agencies in San Francisco. She is extremely detailed oriented and loves the rhythm of working with small companies.
With over ten years of client management and recruiting experience in the pharma/biotech and tech industries, Chi Nguyen has a passion for building strong client relationships, and working with people to find that next opportunity in their career.
A Bay Area native, she roots for all the local sports teams. If she's not cheering on her teams, or trying out a new local restaurant, she's busy playing peek-a-boo or singing lullabies to her baby girl.
Christophe Hovette is a specialist across the Digital Marketing and Sales Executive space with experience that has covered Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. We're pleased to have someone so passionate about technology, design, innovation and startups join our team and we hope he lives up to his self-professed geek description. One of his favourite books that he recommends everyone in business should read is "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz.
Conny Lim is a Partner in the MitchelLake business based in Singapore. She has completed over 100 assignments in her 12 year career in Executive Search spanning multiple geographies including diverse markets such as China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Having worked in global search firms, she prides herself as someone who is able to assist clients in identifying, attracting and hiring the best talent in market. Coupled with her innate understanding of local talent, breadth of cultures across Asia and global best practices she is very well placed to partner with digital, market entry and convergent technology players across APAC.
Gavin Hasselgren is a Principal in our Executive Search team based on the East Coast of the USA.
He has a BA Economics and 16+ year's experience in full life cycle recruiting and executive search across Banking and Financial Services, Regulatory, Government, Not For Profit, Information Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Cloud & Digital Transformation.
Jimmy Tran is a San Francisco native who grew up and lives in the city. He attended San Francisco State University with a degree in Business Marketing.
He originally started his career as a marketing representative for Zipcar but found his passion for recruitment and applied for a staffing agency.
For over two years, he worked as a Technical Recruiter with a focus on Fortune 500 companies as well as some startups.
In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with close friends/family and work on both his body and mind.
Inspired by the internet boom, Jon Tanner co-founded the MitchelLake Group in 2001 and has been advising startup, scale-up and enterprise clients on leadership, executive search and talent acquisition for digital ventures and initiatives for the best part of two decades.
Whether the challenge is about inspiring change, driving growth or entering new markets, it is likely that Jon has a referenceable story, insight or introduction that can help shed light on a way forward.
As Group CEO and Managing Partner of our global search practice, Jon is based in Singapore and works across our international hubs in APAC, North America, and Europe. He directly supports global clients, collaborating with the broader MitchelLake team and continuing to build our collective ecosystem of exceptional talent and partner organisations.
Jon is an active early stage investor and passionate supporter of entrepreneurs, ventures and innovation in Asia Pacific and beyond, including interests in SocietyOne, Biteable, Blackbird VC and Genos International.
Kevin Griffiths leads MitchelLake Executive for the ANZ Practice. Based in Sydney, he is focused on supporting startups, NewCo’s, scaleups, and established tech companies with C-suite and board requirements, in addition to working with Australian SME’s and enterprises undergoing digital/technology transformations.
Since joining MLE in 2012, Kevin has led over 100 searches. His time has been divided into three key areas - CEO searches for scaleups or tech companies going through transformation; CTO/CPO searches for tech companies with a global requirement to bring talent to Australia with technology and/or product leadership at scale; and consulting to and leading searches with clients looking to innovate, who are seeking advice from the MLE practice on the question of build, buy, or partner.
Prior to joining MLE, Kevin was a Partner at BMS where he built and led the Midlands commercial practice in the UK, before moving to Australia to help scale the business in Sydney and Melbourne.
Mary Karolyi, our Global CFO, leads all traditional aspects of the finance function and helps drive the global commercial strategy of our business.
Apart from oversight and establishment of finance functions, her experience has also included the transformation and evolution of start-ups, scale-ups and other growth or disrupted organisations within the technology, retail, professional services sectors and across the Asia Pacific, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates.
Mary is a chartered accountant, fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Michael Solomon has led a commercial life that has consistently intersected with his personal passions.
From coaching leaders and teams as a management consultant to heading emerging technology ventures for News Corp, to driving digital transformation and operational excellence at the Australian Football League.
Michael is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, shareholder and advisor to Enex Carbon, Chair of the Michael Long Foundation, Director of the Darwin International Essington School, as well as a member of the Adelaide Football Club's women's football advisory committee.
Past governance and directorships also include Executive Director of News Digital Media, CEO and Director of Learning Seat, Director of Moshtix, Director of Recruit Advantage, Chairman and Director of Getprice, Chairman and Director of Sporting Pulse, Director of Fox Sporting Pulse and Chairman of Southern Cross Grammar.
Sophie Cohen is Head of Research and Delivery for the MitchelLake Group. She has over 15 years experience in executive search across various industries including industrial, pharmaceutical, finance and digital.
Sophie is a trained Psychologist and has lived and worked in France, the UK, the US and Australia. She speaks French and English fluently.
Thalia Thomas joined MitchelLake following 8 years in traditional, boutique executive search, recruiting for ASX C-suite positions.
As head of MLE Australia's research function, Thalia works end-to-end on retained executive level appointments from proposal stage through to candidate appointment. This comprises finding and engaging first-rate passive and available talent, client management, and ultimately an appointment that's an absolute fit for both sides.
Passionate about the candidate and client experience, Thalia is also keenly interested in engaging a field of candidates with a diversity of thought – including gender, age, and domain diversity. She is based in Melbourne and works across Australia to secure senior digital and tech executives within the digital and new/emerging technologies space globally.
Tim Brewin has spent over 30 years in the IT&T industry including senior technology leadership roles in the vendor/professional services organisations or within the end user community.
After 10 years in Executive roles with Compaq/HP, leading, assessing and developing senior staff in the IT sales and consulting industry, his personal passion for people development and coaching has transformed Tim’s career into the Executive Search arena.
Tim is based in Melbourne as a Partner within Mitchellake Executive and has a core focus on the Enterprise market covering Senior Leadership & Executive roles across the Technology & Digital Transformation arena.
Veenu Anand has ten years of research experience in executive search industry. She has worked in India and Singapore.
Prior to joining MitchelLake, she worked for Egon Zehnder and Spencer Stuart in Singapore. In her previous roles, she was member of the CFO core team which was instrumental in developing CFO practice for SEA. She has also worked on various research projects across verticals and sectors ranging from telecom, industrial, financial services and life science across APAC.
Yoko Senga is part of MitchelLake's San Francisco Executive Search practice. An 18 year veteran in the tech industry, with over 12 years in product management roles, she has a deep understanding of product development practices.
Through her involvement with companies in various stages - small startups to larger corporations like Yahoo! and Cisco, she has developed a broad view of product development organizations which she leverages when helping companies evaluate their needs for product roles at the senior and executive level.
Her personal work experience also helps her to establish credible relationships with a wide network of executive level product managers, designers and engineers.
In her free time, Yoko can be found running around after her twins or trail running in the mountains.
At MitchelLake Consulting, we think everyone should do what they love and love what they do. The ultimate reward for us is to see our clients and candidates succeed. That's why we're passionate about recruiting the best digital teams and inspired talent from across the globe.
Our people understand the magic of current and emerging platforms and how to create value through higher levels of innovation. They enjoy working with clients who care about what they do and take great pride in being able to attract outstanding candidates. Sound like you? Join our team.
We know our clients need people that thrive on steep learning curves and embrace new challenges. So we seek out brave talent.
To work on the leading edge takes courage; in high tech and digital media markets the landscape can move and change quickly. MitchelLake Consulting has deep expertise in recruiting specialist permanent and full-time talent for convergent media and digital services.
Whether you need an interim Product Manager or UX Consultant, MitchelLake Consulting has an extensive, well-qualified network of freelance and contractor talent with proven experience that can assist your business on short or long term engagements
We believe passionately that extraordinary people with big ideas have the power to change the world. Our network of over 70,000 specialists includes some of the best and most inspiring talent from across the globe.
We make it our business to really get to know those we work with. Learning as much as we can means we'll design, tailor and implement a customised recruitment solution that best suits you.
For over two decades, we've connected brilliant people with some of the most exciting companies in the world. Read our success stories here.
We're proud to be recognised as one of Australia's fastest-growing companies, making the BRW Fast 100 list for the past two years. We've also been awarded Best Boutique Agency in the 2013 Annual Recruitment Excellence Awards.
We share a deep interest in being part of the future of technology and digital convergence. We draw inspiration from the organisations, networks and associations within which we actively play a role.
Representing the digital media industry in Australia, AIMIA actively encourages members to exchange ideas and insight.
A leading business media brand, connecting and informing the entrepreneurial community in the Global Silicon Valley.
A not-for-profit networking group bringing together extraordinary people passionate about entrepreneurship and technology.
Collaborates with clients and agencies to shape businesses that fully leverage the opportunities created by convergence.