Don Manifold is the Founder of Manifold Advisory Partners, both based in Adelaide. He has over 25 years of experience as a corporate advisor, executive search consultant, and company director across a broad range of industry sectors. In this exclusive interview, Don discusses his career journey and what he’s learned along the way and offers advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Don Manifold graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Economics in 1990. He then completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment at Kaplan Professional before starting his career as a corporate advisor.
Don Manifold has over 25 years of experience as a corporate advisor, executive search consultant, and company director across many different sectors. He began his career journey in the early 1990s when he started working as a graduate trainee at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). After a few years at PwC, he moved into executive search and later corporate advisory. In 2001, Manifold co-founded his first company, a specialist executive search firm called Pinnacle People Solutions. An ASX-listed recruitment group acquired the company in 2005.
3. Current Positions
In 2010, Manifold founded Manifold Advisory Partners, a corporate advisory firm that provides strategic advice to ASX-listed companies, family businesses, and private equity firms. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and several other private companies.
Throughout his career, Manifold has advised on many high-profile transactions, including the $1.1 billion sale of Qantas Airways’ Australian Ground Services business to Dubai Aerospace in 2008. He was also involved in the $560 million sale of National Australia Bank’s life insurance business to Zurich Financial Services in 2010. In 2013, Manifold was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the Australian industry by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group.
Don Manifold is a highly experienced and successful corporate advisor, executive search consultant, and company director. He has played an essential role in many significant transactions throughout his career and is respected the most influential people in Australian business.