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Deloitte boosts its Human Capital practice

Deloitte Consulting broadens and deepens its Human Capital footprint in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region


31 October 2013:  As the challenges of workforce productivity, accelerating sustainable change, building smarter and leaner organisational structures and having the best leaders continue to confront Australian businesses at an ever increasing pace, the consulting arm of Deloitte is boosting its Human Capital practice.

Human Capital Australian leader, Nicky Wakefield will move to Singapore in the New Year to take on two exciting new roles reflecting Deloitte’s commitment to broaden its footprint across Asia Pacific; leading the APAC Organisational Change, Leadership and Culture business and leading Deloitte’s South East Asia Human Capital Consulting practice.

David Brown, former Managing Director of Hewitt's consulting business for Australia and New Zealand, and leader of Deloitte Australia’s Strategic Change practice for the past two years, will take on the leadership of Australia’s expanding Human Capital practice.  Over the past 30 years Mr Brown has held senior executive Human Resources (HR) roles for major multinationals including Eastman Kodak, Smithkline Beecham, Exxon and Goodman Fielder.

“As building high performance workplaces,  aligning strategy and leadership capability, and creating the conditions for accelerated change become significant differentiators for business success, the opportunities for our people to work with Australia’s leading businesses to co-create what ‘best’ looks like, has never been more critical,” said Mr Brown.

“Our clients are becoming more sophisticated in the way they approach these challenges and they expect both access to global best thinking and the opportunity to partner with firms that get along side and work with them to build internal capability.”

Kennedy (a global independent researcher) recently ranked the Deloitte global HC practice as number one in strategic change, leadership development, HR transformation and talent management.

“As well as being the largest Human Capital advisory firm in the world, locally we have a large team of dedicated Human Capital professionals located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney who are helping Australian business meet their people and organisational challenges,” said Mr Brown.

Stepping up to the Human Capital leadership team in Deloitte Australia are Julie Harrison, who leads strategic change, Adam Canwell, who has relocated from Deloitte UK to run the leadership practice,  Andrew Hill who leads HR Technology and Cameron Pitt, who heads up workforce productivity,

Deloitte is also continuing to enter into strategic partnerships to access and bring global best thinking to clients. It has recently established a partnership with Carolyn Taylor's Walking the Talk to support culture change initiatives. This will add to partnerships with Kiasen, a global leader in leadership assessment, and the acquisition of Bersin, the world’s leader in HR research.

Mr Brown said: “Given the focus in our most recent research paper, Positioning for Prosperity? Catching the next wave, Deloitte highlights five industry sectors that with the right business focus have the potential to power super-growth worth an extra $250 billion to the national economy over the next 20 years.

“How those industries lead and manage their workforces has never been more important and we are confident Australia’s future growth will be more diversified than in the past decade. The opportunities are there for Australian business to generate exceptional and lasting sources of future wealth, and the capacity to make the strategic shifts required to ensure we take advantage of them,” concluded Mr Brown.

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David Brown
Deloitte Consulting
Job Title:
Human Capital Leader
Tel: +61 (0) 2 9322 7481
Jane Kneebone
Deloitte Australia
Job Title:
Corporate Affairs & Communications
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