After graduating with Honours in Psychology, Greg started his career in Executive Search in Australia, before he went on to manage the London office of the United Kingdom’s largest accounting recruiter for two years. In the early 1980s he returned to Australia to run the Sydney office of Accountancy Placements (now the Hays Group), where he was invited to join the Board of Directors at age 27.
WHO IS GREG?
With a career spanning four decades, Greg is a founder of 4 highly successful businesses, is a trusted advisor and respected voice across the global recruitment and professional services industries, and a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world.
Greg founded Recruitment Solutions in 1987, and rapidly built the start-up across Australia and New Zealand, culminating in eight offices, 200 staff, and annual sales of $60,000,000. Such was Recruitment Solutions’ success that, in July 1998, the company was successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with Greg at its helm as both Executive Director and COO.
April 2001, Greg joined Aquent as Asia-Pacific CEO. In 2005, he was promoted to Aquent International CEO, and assumed responsibility for all Aquent businesses outside of North America, which then comprised of over 25 offices across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2010 Greg acquired the Permanent and Search business of Aquent in Europe, Asia and Australasia, via a management buy-out, and founded Firebrand Talent Search. He quickly created a global brand for this specialist Digital and Marketing recruiter, and successfully sold the business, in 7 countries, in January 2013.
An active investor in recruitment businesses, Greg is a Founder and shareholder of people2people, one of Australia’s fastest growing recruitment companies, and also a Director and Chairman of New Zealand specialist Consult Recruitment. He also has involvement with many HR Tech related businesses including VideoMyJob and JobAdder
In recognition of his contribution to the Australian recruitment industry, Greg was made an Honorary Life Member of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) in 2004. He was subsequently elevated to Fellow (FRCA).
In addition Greg was the inaugural winner of the highly prestigious RCSA “Outstanding Contribution to the Recruitment Industry” Award 2011.
Recruitment Hall of Fame
In April 2018 Greg was inducted into the Recruitment International ‘Hall of Fame’ for contribution and services to the recruitment industry
Greg was named one of only 342 out of 550 Million LinkedIn members named as top influencers and for sparking professional conversations globally.
An early adopter of social media for recruiting, Greg’s industry blog – The Savage Truth – is a must-read for recruitment consultants, while his Twitter feed similarly attracts thousands of followers from around the world.
- Subscribe (Why wouldn’t you?)
- Facebook (A big recruiting community hangs out there).
- Twitter (Over 50,000 people already do)
- LinkedIn (Find out who I actually am, and what I do!)
- YouTube (Ugly face, but content not too shabby).
- Instagram (Pics of my recruiting travels)
- Google+ (Because… it’s… Google?)
Greg acts as an Advisor or Director for eighteen recruitment and technology companies in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore. In 2015 Greg was voted The most influential person in the Australian recruitment industry in the past 60 years. In 2016 Greg was named The Most Influential Business Voice on Twitter (Australia)
LinkedIn ‘Top Voices ‘2018. Greg was named one of only 342 out of 550 Million LinkedIn members named as top influencers and for sparking professional conversations globally.
ENDORSEMENTS & TESTIMONIALS
IS GREG ANY GOOD?
Great session; practical, insightful and relevant information, presented in a clear and logical format, tailor-made to implement in any recruitment business today.
Belinda KerrMD – ICUR recruitment
I find Greg’s knowledge and advice to be exceptional and really a common sense, no nonsense approach. Chris and Greg presenting together provided a good balance of perspective. If there is one external session I attend a year, this is it.
Debbie DavisCountry Manager Australia - Reed Specialist Recruitment
Greg and Chris Savage worked incredibly well as a partnership in presenting together on highly relevant topics for our industry. As usual, it was delivered with loads of energy, professionalism and passion.
Kurt GillamState Manager WA/SA, Kelly Services
GREG AT A GLANCE
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