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The Culture-Driven Movement

The traditional operating model for business, that was developed for the industrial era, was suitable for complicated yet predictable challenges. Business is more volatile because of the accelerating technology-driven rate of change and this in turn has resulted in business challenges becoming less predictable.

The previous hierarchical top-down management style that worked so well in the past is no longer effective in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) business environment.

Culture-Driven companies are designed to thrive in this new volatile world because they are not designed to be hierarchical, they focus on personal growth and development, are more agile, flexible and adaptable.

Bretton Putter

Brett is the founder of CultureGene a hybrid executive search & company culture consultancy.

Prior to founding CultureGene Brett was the Managing Partner at a specialist London based Executive Search firm where he successfully completed CxO, VP and Director level searches for over 400 high-growth technology companies in the UK, US and across EMEA.

Brett has built senior executive teams for companies like Zecco (acquired by TradeKing), UberVu (acquired by Hootsuite), Zyb (acquired by Vodafone), Banner (acquired by WPP), Vistagy (acquired by Siemens), JWare (acquired by Clear2Pay) Infratel (acquired by MightyCall), Outerbay (acquired by IBM), eSpotting (acquired by FindWhat)and Asetek (IPO) and has interviewed more than 5,000 senior executives over the past 16 years.

Brett is an investor in Seedcamp funds I, II & III and an investor in and advisor to a number of early stage start-ups.

Brett is currently interviewing Founders, CEOs and other senior executives of successful high-growth start-ups to understand how they defined, developed and implemented their company’s culture.

Laurel Steyn

Laurel founded Summit Staffing Solutions in 2002, providing search and recruitment solutions to the South African and Sub Saharan marketplace.

Laurel has extensive experience in Human Resources, Recruitment and Executive Search. She has successfully placed Senior Executives in South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria and Kenya and has ensured long-term mutually beneficial relationships with her business partners.

Prior to founding Summit Staffing Solutions, Laurel was Recruitment Manager at The Siltek Group (a technology distribution company), where she spearheaded a new HR venture within the Group.Laurel holds an Industrial Psychology Honours degree and a PDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management) both obtained through the University of Cape Town.

Sue van Vuuren

Sue is an experienced multi-disciplinary Recruitment and HR professional with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources field across various industries including the IT, Telecommunications, Finance / Banking, FMCG, and Oil & Gas industries.

Sue is particularly skilled in Recruitment & Selection, Executive Search and International Recruitment.  Companies for which Sue has worked include Deloitte Human Capital and Siltek Holdings, Southern Africa’s largest IT Distribution company, listed on the JSE.

Sue started her own recruitment business in 2001 and has worked with large clients such as National Brands (FMCG), Cell C (Telecommunications), and Nedbank (Banking) with a key focus on professional and executive level staff. Sue has a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management, South Africa, and a Certificate in Strategic HR Management from the University of Cape Town Business School.

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9/10 companies have not invested the time to define their company culture, yet culture is their greatest asset. The CultureGene Culture Management Process is a proprietary methodology for defining, embedding and leading your culture. With our Values Based Hiring methodology we can help you build an A+ senior executive team.