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Debbie Goodman-Bhyat

Debbie is the founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top three executive search firms, and the South African member of IRC Global Executive Search Partners. What drives her is an interest and investment in people and being able to identify greatness. Because great leaders grow great companies.

Over 18 years she has done just that, building a team of impassioned people within Jack Hammer, and being instrumental in finding and securing key leaders at top companies and multi-nationals. Jack Hammer consults to some of the regions top blue chip corporates, global multinationals, and private enterprises, with a focus on senior management, executive and board level appointments.

Her insights and stories have found their way into the media, where she appears regularly on television, radio and in print, and as a motivational speaker at conferences. She has published two books, and is busy with her third, IntheFlow Creating a Culture of Love and Loyalty. She constantly explores the new.

Debbies distinctive style and vision may come from her somewhat unconventional background. In her first career, she was an award-winning contemporary dancer and choreographer...while completing her law degree! Her great passion for kids (her own, as well as children in distress) and dance have an outlet in the Heart Projects she invests in through Jack Hammer.
She is also a founding member of the Cape Town Chapter of EO she has been a member since 2006, a Cape Town board member, and is currently a trainer and facilitator for EO Global . She is married to Zaheer, a film producer (and EO member), and they have 2 young daughters.

Leadership provides daily opportunity for creative endeavor. I love being immersed in the business of leadership, where mastery requires rigour and passion, and the demands for excellence are relentless. Almost as tough as being a dancer.