About Simon

Simon Monks is managing partner of Caldwell New Zealand with over 30 years’ executive search and leadership advisory experience in Asia Pacific and international markets.

As a senior member of the Caldwell global CEO/Board practice, he has oversight of the Consumer, Retail & E-commerce, Industrial, Financial Services, Media & Entertainment and Private Equity practices in the Asia Pacific region. His functional expertise in addition to CEO/Board includes CFO, CMO, CSO, CCO and CHRO.


Simon’s global executive search experience has involved holding senior leadership positions in both local and international firms across New Zealand and Australia. These organisations have included Amrop International, subsequently acquired by TMP Worldwide Executive Search (Highland Partners) where Simon held the role of managing partner based in Sydney.

He co-founded his own leadership advisory firm – RENTONJAMES, which was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles International in 2007 when Simon was appointed managing partner until his departure in 2014. Following a transitional period with CT Partners, Simon and his team were awarded the founding licence to Caldwell in New Zealand in 2015.

As part of its targeted growth strategy, Caldwell is now expanding in Asia Pacific with Caldwell Australia and proposed new offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. Simon is working closely with senior leaders of the firm to identify and resource new partners and infrastructure to better serve leading clients from both Europe and the Americas in the region.



Simon holds both an LLB and MBA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

More About Simon

Simon works closely with the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. (INFINZ) sponsoring the Caldwell Leadership Award and developing the leadership criteria against which senior business leaders are evaluated.

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