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Maurice Ellett

New Zealand
Region: Asia Pacific
Tel: +64 9 309 0886

Signium New Zealand
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Practice Groups: Board Services, Industrial


Maurice is the founding Director of SIGNIUM New Zealand. Widely endorsed as one of New Zealand’s leading executive search consultants, Maurice has over 39 years’ continuous experience in the search-based recruitment of chief executives, senior management and directors for public and private corporations.

Maurice has been instrumental in facilitating the successful appointment of C-level executives, general management and non-executive directors across a wide variety of industries including local government, investment banking, professional services, industrial services, manufacturing, financial services, not-for-profit and utilities. In these sectors he has led local and international search for high calibre executives and directors and made well-matched appointments that exceed the client’s expectations.

A Certified Management Consultant, Maurice is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Consultants, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Justice of the Peace. Maurice served as SIGNIUM’s Finance Director for five years. He has served for many years on a number of boards of educational, NFP and economic development organisations and is presently Director of a small technology company and Chair of one of Auckland’s largest Art Centres. 

Maurice is an Honours graduate in Strategic Management and Governance from Massey University where he gained his Master of Business Studies and holds Bachelor degrees in Science (Psych) and Commerce (Management Science) from the University of Auckland. He has lectured post-graduate students and at the Institute of Director Workshops for Aspiring Directors.

Through his wealth of experience, extensive networks and knowledge of the market, Maurice is respected for his insights, expertise and intuition and is a valued adviser to many Board Chairs and Chief Executives.