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Industry, public sector veteran Sheargold takes top job with PM-Partners

Project management firm PM-Partners has appointed public and private sector industry veteran and former Telstra senior executive, Ken Sheargold, as chief executive officer.

Sheargold, who has been transformation consultant at PM-Partners for the past 14 months, takes over as CEO from May 8 charged with steering the company through its next phase of growth.

Existing co-founders and partners, Pete Swan, Nik Samuelson and Steve Hewitson remain in the business and move to newly created board level roles to focus on internal coaching and advisory roles.

Swan said Sheargold brought considerable senior strategic and management expertise to the role, having held executive director roles at Telstra (corporate strategy and customer service), NSW Premier and Cabinet, Public Works and Service First.

He also spent 16 years in the Australian Defence Force.

Sheargold holds postgraduate qualifications in telecommunications systems management, management studies and holds a diploma in personnel and resource management. He is also a fellow of the Customer Service Institute of Australia.

“It’s not often that a high calibre executive leader like Ken enters your business. I speak for the founding partners at PM-Partners that we are excited about entrusting what we and the team have built, to Ken,” Swan said.

“His strength, energy, and experience will provide the impetus for PM-Partners’ next phase of growth.”


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