Prior to forming OMVA, Michael was Worldwide Vice-President Human Resources for a division of the Rio Tinto group, with headquarters in France. Before taking up this role, he was Vice-President Human Resources Europe.  Initially Michael joined the Italian information systems company Olivetti in South Africa as subsidiary Personnel Manager. Thereafter he transferred to Italy to assist in building the international human resources department for the Olivetti group. Responsible for group International Recruitment, Michael was thereafter appointed International Human Resources Director for English speaking countries worldwide.

Michael’s focus is on recruiting and developing people and organizations in multicultural environments, having worked with companies in 18 countries and having a deep interest in intercultural and remote management. Michael holds a BA in Psychology, Higher Diploma Personnel Management (RSA).

2011-now
2007-now
1993-2006
1990-1993
1984-1990
1981-1983
Co-founder of ELIT Search (Paris)
Principal, OMVA – Executive search and Organizational Development (Paris)
World-Wide VP HR, Luzenac Group/Rio Tinto (Paris), VP HR Europe (Toulouse, France)
Principal, MCA – Human Resources Consulting
Area Personnel Director – International Recruitment Manager, Olivetti Group (Italy)
Personnel Manager, Olivetti (South Africa)

International Background:
  • Dual South African (born and raised) and French nationalities.
  • Worked with companies in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, South Africa, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia.
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Afrikaans/Dutch