Catapult

Position: Independent Non-Executive Director
Company Size: 251-500 employees
Industry: Technology & Sports
Location: Australia, United States

Originally formed from a partnership between the Australian Institute of Sport and the Cooperative Research Centres to maximise the performance of Australian athletes ahead of the Beijing and Athens Olympics, Catapult was officially founded in Melbourne in 2006. Catapult has grown from an Australian startup to a global leader in sports technology with solutions for every element of the performance ecosystem, from wearable tracking to athlete management and video analysis. Today, Catapult is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has over 360+ staff across 30 locations.

Assignment

Catapult was looking to appoint a seasoned Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) to their existing board of directors. This was a newly created role in an effort to develop the board’s maturity as the company was set to embark on its next phase of growth. Catapult’s ideal candidate was a highly commercial leader with a background leading an internationally scaled business and also one with significant ASX board experience. To balance out the Board demographics, a suitably qualified female candidate would be especially welcomed by Catapult. The INED would join the existing board, comprising Adir Shiffman (Executive Chair), Shaun Holthouse (Co-Founder), Igor van de Griendt (Co-Founder), Brent Scrimshaw (NED), James Orlando (Interim CFO) and Calvin Ng (NED).

The best candidates would have strong emotional intelligence, and would need to use their experience and soft skills to build strong relationships with the rest of the Board and the Executive team. They would be comfortable in a scale-up environment, and were clear on what ‘good’ looks like at the other end of the journey. Whilst domain experience was not essential, an affinity or interest in the sector would be highly beneficial.

Result

  • Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Time to Fill: 12 weeks

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