Debbie is the founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, the largest executive search firm in Africa.
For more than twenty years, she has partnered with some of the region’s top corporations, as well as global private equity and debt investors in Africa – helping them find great leaders for executive and board appointments. She is currently in the US, extending Jack Hammer’s footprint to California.
Her latest start-up business is Virtual Coaching Partners, a unique digital platform that connects people who are in career transition with world class career coaches, globally.
Debbie’s first book, “IntheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work”, was listed in the ‘Top 10 Best’ South African business books. Her next one, ‘Inside the Interview – The Secret to Great Hiring Decisions’, is to be published in 2019.
She delivers keynotes and workshops internationally, on a range of topics, including Mindfulness. Debbie also offers high impact ‘Career Pivot’ coaching sessions to leaders and executives who are at an advanced stage in their careers and need to make critical, sometimes urgent, career decisions.
She is a founding member of EO Cape Town, and she currently serves on EO’s Global Leadership Development Sub-Committee.
Debbie’s unique style and vision may come from her somewhat unconventional background: In her ‘first’ career, she was an award-winning contemporary dancer and choreographer…whilst completing her law degree!
“Leadership provides daily opportunity for creative endeavour. I love being immersed in the ‘business’ of leadership, where mastery requires rigour and passion, and the demands for excellence are relentless. Almost as tough as being a dancer”.