Australian executive search firm, Derwent Executive, has today launched a new digital talent advisory business, Derwent Digital, a division focused purely on the digital, mobile and technology sectors.

Digital disruption is causing the dramatic transformation of legacy industries across all industry sectors and executive search is no different.

Lead by Luke Henningsen, former partner of boutique global tech recruiter MitchelLake Executive and former founding partner of Staite Henningsen Klein (SHK Asia Pacific), Derwent Digital will specialise in aligning talent with capital to connect an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and board advisors and identify the right talent to shape high growth enterprise.

Ben Derwent, founder and MD of Derwent Executive, says, “We’re seeing huge fund flow into venture investment in startups, emerging technology and digital transformation and the need for top digital talent has never been greater. Having someone like Luke on board instantly amplifies our digital capabilities so we can continue to deliver high-calibre talent and effective strategic guidance to our clients.”

Derwent Digital will advise on the appointment of board, CEO and leadership roles from the full life cycle of the startup to the large-scale enterprise.

Henningsen says, “I’m really excited to be launching this business within Derwent Executive. Ben has built such strong networks in private equity, venture capital and corporate Australia at board and c-suite level. They are all interested in the digital space – either investing in fast growing disruptors or transforming legacy industries before they are disrupted. This dovetails beautifully with my networks and experience recruiting senior executives and non-executive directors for some of the world’s most exciting businesses.”

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