dr. John Peebles
An executive search consultant for over 30 years, John established his practice in 1989 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Working primarily in the private sector (publicly listed, major cooperative and private companies) he also undertakes Chief Executive/Senior Executive search for government entities. His search capabilities reach far beyond New Zealand borders.
John and his team provide confidential, efficient and personalised service with reliability and integrity. A high standard of candidate care cements appointments that drive long-term growth and commercial value for clients.
Dr John Peebles has been the Professional Director for John Peebles Associates since 1990 and an Executive Search Consultant and board advisor for over 30 years.
In addition to providing Corporate Governance advice to Boards he handles around 20 Non-Executive Director Appointments in any one year (from publicly listed companies to cooperatives, private concerns and Not for Profit organisations). He has been recognised as one of the top 50 “most influential global headhunters” by NewsWeek (USA).
John has served on State Owned Enterprise, private company and Not for Profit boards, is a former Chairman of the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust and the current Chairman of Premier Lifestyle Villages.
Former chairman of Pop’n’Good Holdings Ltd, and a former Director of The Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Board of Advisors’ (Chairman and Director from 1999 to 2003), he is also a former Trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Foundation Trust and a former Director and Chairman of Indigenous Corporate Solutions Ltd as well as a number of other private companies. Former Chair of Asia Pacific for the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants, New York) and a member of the global board. He has acted as a conference Moderator, (Telwares Global CIO conference, Washington, November 2008 and Co Chairman AESC conference, New York, March 2009).
Dr Peebles completed a Master of Business Administration (NUU), a Post Graduate Certificate of Business Research (Waikato University) and a Doctorate of Business and Administration (Massey University). Dr Peebles’ thesis in his Doctoral Study was Power and influences on the Board’s agenda: Who determines what corporate directors discuss.
A speaker and writer on board governance he is the author of Parsley on Fish, or how corporate directors can learn to be more than decorative. Outside his professional life John has worked for numerous charitable and not-for-profit groups which lead to his nomination as a semi-finalist in the senior category of the New Zealander of the Year award in 2018.