Australian executive search firm Johnson has announced the appointment of Warren Riddell as Partner and Leader of the firm’s Professional Services and Mergers & Acquisitions practices.

During his corporate advisory career spanning 30 years, Warren has worked in private investment companies and professional services firms around the globe. In his most recent role, Warren was a Partner at Beaton Capital, where he led buy and sell mandates and advised on new market entry strategies for major international and local professional services firms.

Warren will also augment the firm's Board & CEO and Private Equity practices, given he brings deep expertise as a director and having run a private equity firm himself.

Jason Johnson, Founder and Managing Partner of Johnson commented, “I’m incredibly excited by Warren’s appointment as he is one of the country’s leading advisors to the Professional Services sector on strategic growth opportunities. Johnson can now offer our Professional Services firm clients support in executing their growth strategies whether that involves a merger, the acquisition of a practice, a team lift-out or the appointment of a lateral partner.”

Warren said, “Johnson is the ideal platform to assist Professional Services firms with their strategic growth requirements. They are the leading executive search firm to the Professional Services sector, with a track record of over 100 partner placements and numerous successful firm and team mergers, so I am excited about joining forces with a firm that has such deep passion for and competence in the sector.”

Warren is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Economics, Finance and Law from Lancaster University. He also holds two Masters degrees in European Studies and Political Economy from the University of Sydney.

Warren currently lectures on the Master of Management (CEMS) program at the University of Sydney Business School.