Gijima HCM includes a specialist outwardly focused Executive Search Division with demonstrable experience and successes across all sectors including Private, Government, Finance, Engineering, Defence, Mining, Financial and Manufacturing. Gijima Executive Search is well recognised as a specialist in the ICT sector. Gijima Executive Search works with leading multinational organisations, locally in South Africa, Africa and internationally, to provide effective Executive Search solutions.

Gijima Executive Search provides solutions to companies for Board Placements, Executive, Middle Management and specialist skills search, at South African prices. We also offer consulting to organisations around talent acquisition and restructuring, succession planning, leadership, and retention.

In consultation with our clients we take time to develop an in depth understanding of the organisation and its challenges, and together we define the key objectives of the role and profile of the ideal candidate. Through this process a strategy would be developed to identify organisations and industries from which we can source ideal candidates. This scientific process identifies the successful leaders within the industry who are not looking for new opportunities. Our approach, networks and good-will gives us access to these candidates who have proven track records of success. This process introduces our clients to the top candidates that are available in the market.


Meet the Executive Search Team

Lesley Mawhinney

Executive Search Consultant and Search Division Head

Has 18 years of experience in the search industry, initially in a specialist IT boutique and later with two international executive search firms and a local proudly South African organization, Mabili, which she helped grow and position in the Search Industry, acting as Consultant, Chief Operating Officer and MD. She has developed a deep understanding and experience of the ICT industry having placed executive and specialized skills candidates into a range of leading listed and multinational ICT companies. Lesley has established a reputation for delivery and has extensive experience of black empowerment recruitment in the ICT field amongst others.

As a generalist Lesley has a depth of experience in placing candidates at senior / executive/ board positions and middle management levels across all roles and most market segments. In addition Lesley has experience in the managing of large projects, for example, the staffing of Uthingo.

Lesley holds a BSC Hons (Genetics) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Contact Details: lesley.mawhinney@gijima.com


Deshnee Govindasamy

Executive Researcher

Her career started as a graduate in the contingent recruitment environment, where she was promoted into a Generalist Recruitment Consultant, recruiting at all levels. This gained her experience in business development and client engagement. In most recent years, Deshnee has been working in Executive Search, focusing on positions that require specialist skills, middle to senior management and executive level roles across various industries and disciplines. Key disciplines include Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain & Procurement, Sales & Marketing, and IT. Project management, headhunting and industry research is critical in her role as an Executive Researcher. Deshnee holds a BA Human Resources Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is currently pursuing her Honors Degree in HR Organizational Change and Development.

Contact Details: Deshnee.Govindasamy@gijima.com