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MEDIA RELEASE

8 February 2017

Temple Executive Search announces new major hire: Susan Redden Makatoa joins as Division Director, Corporate

Temple Executive Search today announced that one of Australia’s leading corporate communications practitioners, Susan Redden Makatoa, will lead the Corporate arm of its Corporate Affairs and Communications Executive Search business.

She joins founders, Rebecca Tabakoff and Ross Thornton; Board Members Gabrielle Trainor (Chair), Brian Tyson, and Yaron Finkelstein; Melbourne Directors Lisa Keenan and Kate Inverarity (Nightingale Communications); and Division Director, Government and Infrastructure Shoshana Wall in the only Executive Search business entirely staffed by corporate affairs practitioners.

Susan is currently Group Managing Director – Corporate for Ogilvy Public Relations, where she is responsible for overseeing public affairs agency Parker & Partners, employee engagement firm Ogilvy Impact and the Issues & Crisis Unit.

Last year Susan was awarded the 2016 PRIA President’s Award for major industry contribution and she was appointed Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2015, capping a 20 year career in the industry.

Chair of Temple Executive Search Gabrielle Trainor said: “We are thrilled to have attracted a person of Susan’s calibre to Temple Executive Search.

“Never has it been so important to have the right people in the right places at senior levels to manage how businesses and organisations engage with their customers and suppliers, governments and communities, the media, investors and markets and their own staff.

“Our senior team and the board have unique insights into the complexities of contemporary corporate affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement and public policy roles and what it takes to succeed.

Redden Makatoa said she was excited about joining Temple because of its unique business model but also because of it’s commitment to developing the Corporate Affairs function.

“The Temple team are all practitioners with deep experience who are all highly respected in the market – from investor relations and financial communications to government relations, issues and crisis management and community engagement, she said. “I knew I was joining a substantial business that was going to effect real change in the industry.

“Temple clearly demonstrated to me that they are committed to building the capacity and reputation of corporate communications in Australia. From their deep commitment to candidate care to their ongoing professional development program, this is a business with a purpose I want to be part of.”

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For further information contact Rebecca Tabakoff, Executive Director, Temple Executive Search on 0419 229 878 or rebecca.tabakoff@templesearch.com.au

About Susan Redden Makatoa

Susan Redden Makatoa is one of Australia’s leading corporate communications practitioners with over 20 years industry experience.

She is currently Group Managing Director – Corporate for Ogilvy Public Relations, one of Australia’s leading PR agencies, overseeing public affairs agency Parker & Partners, employee engagement firm Ogilvy Impact and the Issues & Crisis Unit.

She was previously a partner at SenateSHJ, and held senior roles at Savage & Horrigan, ASIC and NSW Business Chamber.

Susan was appointed a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2015 and was awarded the 2016 PRIA President’s Award for major industry contribution. She has also won three global IABC Gold Quills, four regional Golden Sabres and eight PRIA National Golden Targets. She has also judged the PRIA Golden Targets and Mumbrella CommsCon awards.

Deeply committed to diversity in the workplace, Susan was the author of the PRIA’s first diversity and inclusion policy in 2016. She has also been a speaker on the subject at TEDx, Macquarie University, IABC Global Conference, Women in Media and Communications and the CEO Institute.

Susan is an accredited member of the AICD and sits on the boards of Tresillian Family Care Centres, social philanthropy group Benojo and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

About Temple Executive Search

Temple was established by its founding partners Rebecca Tabakoff and Ross Thornton in 2013 to deliver executive search and counsel for both candidates and clients from the perspective of people who have actually worked in corporate affairs.

The firm’s Board is chaired by experienced corporate adviser Gabrielle Trainor, who serves alongside non-executive directors Brian Tyson, (Managing Partner of Newgate Communications) and Yaron Finkelstein, (Chief Executive Officer of Crosby Textor), along with executive directors Ross Thornton (director of Domestique Consulting) and Rebecca Tabakoff.

Temple’s Melbourne office is owned and managed by two of that city’s most experienced and trusted communications strategy advisers – Lisa Keenan and Kate Inverarity of Nightingale Communications.

Together, the seven leaders of Temple have more than 150 years of corporate affairs, communications and political experience and share a career history that includes experience as non-executive directors, political staffers, journalists, in-house corporate affairs advisers, and communications consultants to many of Australia’s ASX top 100 companies and government agencies.

By engaging Temple, you are engaging a team whose advice on communications is sought by Heads of Government, Chairs, CEO’s and Heads of Corporate Affairs across Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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