Our bold vision is to be the foremost authentic authority for corporate leadership issues in Africa, by region and by country.

“Welcome to Target TalentWorX. On behalf of our Leadership Team, it is my pleasure to introduce a bolder, extraordinary Executive Search Recruitment and Business Solutions firm.” – Gail Burns

Talent Management now has a proverbial seat at the boardroom table.

Leadership bench strength – or the lack thereof – is reflective in bottom line earnings; leaders in development programs are not as engaged as initially thought; and the importance of talent acquisition amplifies the fact that a company cannot sustain competition without the right people. Businesses cannot reach this talent without making conscious strategic efforts to do so.

We celebrate 20+ years of excellence having our origins deeply rooted in true Executive Search, Business Recruitment and Talent Advisory Solutions. Over the course of our journey we have collected unique insights on searching and engaging high performing talent with the potential to become great leaders. We have experienced first-hand that when talent attraction and acquisition is done right, it provides a sound foundation for all subsequent talent management practices. It is this notion that has refocused our business to become an advisor for all things leadership related.

Our Practice Areas & Success Principles

Meet Our Leadership

Target TalentWorX is not just another consulting firm retrofitting best practice models from client to client.

We are collaborative advisors, thought partners, and innovators who closely monitor the forces between business continuity and competitive transformation. If your organisation is striving for a high performance culture capable of producing authentic and gallant leadership, we invite you to look to Target TalentWorX for solutions in one or more of our practice areas.

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Our Leadership Team

Gail Burns
Gail BurnsManaging Director

Target TalentWorX was founded by Gail in 1997, then named Target Search & Selection. As a tenured educator, HR professional and marketing graduate, she married her passion for the African continent together with business leadership, transition and diversity required to further a young and promising South African democracy. Gail has gained reputation, spanning 30+ years, as a thought leader for Sub-Saharan economies when considering leadership attraction in the region. Understanding the business impact of acquisition strategy, employee engagement and employer branding, affirms her capacity as a true business advisor for transitioning incoming leadership through authentic executive search practices.

Gail has spent two decades managing and developing an Executive Search career across Mining, Power, Energy, Oil and Gas – C Suite Africa Search Projects and assignments.

Cheryl (Cochrane) Zeghers
Cheryl (Cochrane) ZeghersAssociate: Executive Search, Leadership Advisory & Research Psychologist

Cheryl Zeghers is an independent Executive and Leadership Advisory Consultant and Research Psychologist. She is based in South Africa. Cheryl has worked for internationally ranked global Executive Search firms based in the Middle East and Africa, built her own bespoke consulting company, co-founded and served as the Director of a private school in Johannesburg and started out as the Human Resource Manager for a large retailer and FMCG group.

Cheryl has for over 25 years specialised in Executive Search, Assessment and Development with high level professional experience obtained across a range of industries, sourcing and placing “C” suite executives, world class experts, scientists, engineers professionals, and other global scarce skills specifically in Mining, Heavy Industry, Telecommunications, Infrastructure and Education. Cheryl has also dealt extensively in financial services specifically with family groups, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and investment holding companies.

Patricia Roper
Patricia RoperAssociate: HR Strategy, Training & Development

Performance Management, Training & Development, Transformation, Rem and Benefits, Job Evaluation, Organisational Design, ER, Wellness and Counseling. Pat’s experience includes developing and motivating people across vast industries. She’s passionate about people development and helping them to unleash their hidden potential!. As a Single Parent ,She’s raised two Sons who are professionals in their own environments and has served on Setas and as HR Execs for Fortune 500 Companies.

Stephen Ukute
Stephen UkuteRecruitment & Talent Management - WEST AFRICA

Stephen Ukute is a passionate and innovative Agency Recruiter with over 5years in-depth recruiting experience that span across different industries predominantly in Nigeria and Africa. His experience started with Evaluation and Staffing Africa (a renowned Executive Search and HR Consultancy firm with offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Dallas, USA) as an HR intern where he found his interest and passion in Recruitment.

He has since grown into a specialist with deep talent mining, networking, strong internet, and social media sourcing capabilities. He has recruited mostly senior management positions for several of the top brands in the Financial Services, FMCG, Oil & Gas, Telco, Automotive, Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction, Retail etc.

He is able to find passive candidates, build quick rapport, develop high volume pipeline, screening, interviewing, and excellent negotiation skills with a high level success. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ado Ekiti Nigeria and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria (CIPMN).

Carl Bosman
Carl BosmanAssociate: Global Mining, Minerals & Natural Resources

Based in Johannesburg , South Africa. Carl has more than 15 years of management experience in recruitment services and Executive Search related to sourcing executive, managerial and technical skills into the Mining, Minerals and Resources sectors in Africa, Central Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Before his involvement in Executive Search, Carl spent two decades developing a management career in Mining and Construction. He is a Civil Engineering technician, and graduated from Brighton College of Technology with a BTEC in Civil Engineering and a B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Brighton.  His specialities include inter alia;

  • Mining, mineral exploration, construction (civil, EPC, mechanical), petrochemical, engineering, water and mineral-processing sectors;
  • Business management including; strategy, scenario planning, marketing & leadership;
  • Solid global & geopolitical knowledge and extensive global network of contacts;
  • Socially aware (globalisation, sustainability, stakeholder theory) and well developed people skills;
  • Skill and interest in social awareness, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
Herlo De Lange
Herlo De LangeAssociate: Hospitality, Tourism, Health & Wellness

Herlo de Lange, Cape Town based, is an experienced Hotel Manager, Hospitality & Tourism Industry Specialist with the passion and ability to deliver targeted Advisory and Consultative Solutions and to provide clients with tailored, business specific support so as to improve their overall business effectiveness and return on investments. His Africa focus areas include inter alia;

Pre-implementation Planning, Hospitality Product Procurement Solutions, Hospitality Services Solutions, Recruitment Advisory; Facilitation, and After Sales Service Product Procurement initiatives cover;

  • Electronic Door & Locker Locking Systems
  • Electronic In-room Safes and Hotel room accessories
  • Absorption Silent Minibar fridges
  • Room Management Systems & sophisticated Hotel Asset Control Systems
  • Property Management Systems
Monica Wareham
Monica WarehamAssociate: Recruitment & Talent Management - EAST AFRICA

Monica, our Kenyan Based Associate, has a progressive experience in supporting business and organizational development through Human Resource Management and Operations. She has a rich mix of talent acquisition, HR policy development, personnel development, designing and implementing retention strategies, HR audits, legal compliance, learning and development, organization transitional support and HR department restructuring, through a fruitful 16-year career.

Monica has productively worked with clients in IT, Telecom, FMCGs, Financial Institutions and SMEs within East Africa. As a result, she has attained a wealth of knowledge and best practice in aligning HR demand to market trends, competitive forces, growth and change.

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