Making the leap from award-winning dancer to successful businesswoman, Debbie founded Jack Hammer and subsequently turned it into one of the top executive search firms in the country. The company is rated in the top 3 executive search firms in SA and through their IRC partnership, in the top 3 globally. Jack Hammer consults to many of the region’s top blue chip corporates, global multinationals, and private enterprises, with a focus on senior management, executive and board level appointments.

What are you most passionate about?

Aside from spending precious time with my family, dance, and trail running …. I’m really passionate about inspiring change in all of our work environments, so that we can all have the best of work and life!

What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Pre-kids, I used to be an adrenaline junkie – jumping out of aeroplanes, paragliding off mountains, microlighting over big waterfalls (Vic Falls), swinging off bridges. Post kids, I wouldn’t consider doing ANY of those crazy things!

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

If it’s me cooking, then it will be something with eggs. My speciality is scrambled eggs, actually.

How would people communicate in a perfect world?

If you need to use an emoticon to convey your intention or tone in a written sentence, then rather pick up the phone and have a conversation – or better yet, a face to face meeting.

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