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Chief Executive Officer : Hagemeyer Brands Australia
Strategic, Energetic, Approachable; Mark articulates a clear framework, empowering his team to deliver while always remaining supportive and available if & when required.
Dean Walker, Consultant & Project Manager, Hagemeyer Brands
“Mark is a highly energetic leader with passion for driving change, always seeing the opportunities in a challenge. Mark brings his consultative, pragmatic style to everything that he does, sharing his infectious fervor. He is a calm and compassionate “boss” who supports your strengths, and likes to bring out the best in everything, and everyone. It is a pleasure to support Mark on the leadersip team at Hagemeyer.” March 27, 2011
Kim Cheney, HR Services Manager, Hagemeyer Brands Australia
I still work with Marks previous employer and his legacy is still very much in tact. Senior people still speak of him with high regard as a real value adder. The organizaton that employs Mark, is a fortunate one.
Ian Segail, Sales Profits Strategist, Mckenzie Cons
From our first meeting Mark was the consummate professional articulating clearly and succinctly his vision for the business and what the business needed. …. I was also very impressed by Mark’s leverage of social media tools and the fact that he was a true early adopter of social media as a business tool in the Asia Pacific market place and I have to admit I have personally modeled my use of social media on the style that Mark had perfected.
David Hope, GM & Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Lawson Software
“Since taking on the role at HBA, Mark has been very effective in tackling the key strategic issues that have “dogged” the business for years. By listening, and engaging staff through a collaborative process, the HBA business is undergoing the most positive of transformations. Mark’s personable style makes it a pleasure to be a part of the process.” March 24, 2011
Brett Pieper, Business Development Mgr, Hagemeyer Brands Australia
“I have had the good fortune of observing Mark’s leadership. What strikes me is that he is a true visionary. He thinks outside of the square, understand the core drivers and has the amazing ability to get the best out of his team by empowering them to be the best they can be.
An exceptional leader and world class business builder”
Tony Gattari, Founder and Chief Energy Officer (CEO), Achievers Group
“Mark has been from the very beginning a statesman for the Polaroid Brand. …. I wish I had more people like Mark around the world to lead the charge.” March 23, 2011
“On joining Hagemeyer, Mark was tasked with challenging the existing business model. His strength has been in engaging the team to develop and then work towards common goals. He was then able to present a simple, clear but exciting and motivating vision to both staff and other stakeholders who have embraced this new direction.” March 23, 2011
Carl Bowdler, CFO, Director and Secretary, Hagemeyer Brands Australia
Mark was effective at ensuring that the Board remained focused on the business fundamentals, people, customers and product and made a significant contribution to keeping discussions positive and forward looking during difficult circumstances. I found Mark an insightful and supportive Board member who was instrumental in creating a good working relationship between Board and CEO.” March 15, 2011
Sean McElroy, CEO, Mokum Textiles
Group Managing Director: Charles Parsons Group
“Over the years of interaction with Mark Bilton I’ve discovered him to be a visionary leader. He has a clear ability to improve and expand the businesses he involves himself with, meanwhile encouraging those around him. It’s been a pleasure to work with Mark on a number of occasions and in my experience he operates with honesty and integrity.” September 21, 2010
Paul Spain, CTO, Gorilla Technology
“Mark was an excellent leader & mentor. He had a strong skills in engaging people to work towards a common goal. He was organised, lead by example and had a good work ethic. He was well respected by staff at all levels. If given the opportunity I would work with Mark again.” April 21, 2009
Sue Ellen Mackintosh-Dixon, General Manager, Charles Parsons
“Mark is an excellent change agent. He challenges and stimulates your thinking and encourages self-development whilst being completely supportive. He is someone you respect as well as someone who is extremely capable. I would recommend Mark to anyone and would happily work with him again.” April 16, 2009
Ian Penfold, Managing Director, Charles Parsons & Co Pty LTD
Having worked with people that reported directly to Mark, his strategic thinking and self assured leadership style both encouraged and enrolled them to make the extra effort.” April 15, 2009
Ian Segail, Cons, Mckenzie Cons
“Occasionally you work with a client who possesses genuine business vision for change and the managament skills to make it happen. Mark has been such a client for us when leading change at Pod and at Charles Parsons. On both occasions he inspired us with his direction, then recognised and respected the power of our creativity to deliver highly effective work.
Guy Whateley, Director, Velocity Creative
“Whilst at Charles Parsons, Mark successfully implemented a significant change program to the group to reposition it to deal with the changing market conditions. This program involved significant restructuring of group companies, rebranding and a shift in culture. This was achieved whilst embracing the group’s traditional values.” April 15, 2009
David Murray, Group Chief Financial Officer, Charles Parsons Group
Managing Director: Pod Limited
“Mark was a very energetic leader as the Managing Director at Pod Ltd.
The energy and passion that he brought to the company gave everyone the confidence to achieve and succeed in their role. It was a pleasure to have worked with Mark.” April 11, 2011
Fleur Maggs, New Business Manager, Mollers Homewares Ltd
“Mark is a real visionary – great communicator and he articulated his vision effectively to others. Great guy to work with – straight talker, easy to approach and deal with, responsive, and had great integrity.” October 27, 2009
Caroline Boot, Owner, Plan A Limited
“I’ve now worked with Mark twice, at Pod and then Charles Parsons. On both occasions I found him to be an excellent leader and someone that I both enjoyed working with and learned from. For me, Mark’s key strengths would be his vision, and his values and integrity. His ability to present a coherent and attractive and motivating vision are reasons why people want to work with him. His values and integrity, consistently demonstrated, are why people strive to achieve with him.” May 17, 2009
David Horner, General Manager Information Technology, Charles Parsons & Co Pty Ltd
Mark introduced a very clear set of objectives and strategies and a dedicated focus that quickly earned the respect of all staff. He was an outstanding leader and was well respected internally and externally within the industry.May 10, 2009
Malcolm Walkinshaw, General Manager, Mollers Homewares Ltd
“We really enjoyed working with Mark at Pod to assist him build his leadership team and board. He was excellent to work with – a clear thinker who really understands the value of working effectively with partners. He is a dynamic leader who has high energy, excellent communication and relationship skills and is a strategic thinker. With a strong values based approach Mark has an excellent sense of humor and is always professional to deal with. Mark has strong change management skills and the ability to positively impact businesses that need a fresh approach and effective leadership – I am happy to recommend Mark and value the relationship I have with him.” April 26, 2009
Stuart Chrisp, Managing Director, Kinross Partners
“Mark is a dynamic leader and has great strategic vision. Mark’s key strength is in turning around businesses that suffer from old ways and old thinking and I’ve been pleased to see him do that in three roles in the past. Happy to recommend.” April 26, 2009
Paul Blomfield, Public Relatrions Consultant, Paul Blomfield Consulting
“Mark is a focused and professional manager. When he started his role at Pod Limited there were aspects of its infrastructure and resources that required reinvestment. Mark reviewed these requirements and set a direction for correcting the deficiencies in a decisive way the engaged his team and set clear requirements for potential suppliers and partners.” April 15, 2009
Graham Clarke, Managing Director, Appserv Limited
Managing Director: Charles Parsons NZ Limited
“Mark is one of the best strategic thinkers I have come across. He is able to develop a clear vision for what he is trying to achieve and is able to communicate that clearly. Mark has very strong values and is resolute in upholding those in everything he does.” April 26, 2009
Tony Carter, MD, Foodstuffs
“I worked with Mark several times over the years in different roles. He was a dynamic young leader who really shook up the textile business with innovative thinking and effective leadership.
No hesitation in recommending Mark to lead any business, whether start-up or restructured into the future.” April 15, 2009
Paul Blomfield, Executive Director, Fashion Industry New Zealand
Mark would be one of the most visionary Leaders I have worked with, he was decisive, focused and consistently delivered business results. He inspired his team and indeed the whole company but was never afraid to make hard calls when necessary. April 15, 2009
Lynlee Wilson, Owner, The People Group Limited
“Mark is a consummate professional. Armed with more than his fair share of ‘smarts’, he also brings a robust values driven approach to his working life. Words such as visionary, achievement focused and leader come to mind. Mark exhibits high order leadership qualities – namely he demonstrates great patience with individuals and is sensitive to an individuals needs, abilities and aspirations, at the same time has a healthy level of organisational impatience.
Like many smart people, he knows a lot of other very smart people – always a good sign! Particularly relevant to our current economic climate, Mark has not only driven growth but also managed business in really tough conditions.” April 15, 2009
Peter Kerridge, Partner, Horner and Partners Limited