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Eric C van Gils CA(SA) MCom         Partner             Tel: +27 10 001 4451

Industry experience : Financial services, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Technology, Logistics, Agriculture, Consulting / Professional Services 


In 2002, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant within the Financial Services Bank Audit business of KPMG, Eric obtained his first exposure to sourcing talent through a secondment into the Graduate Recruitment team at KPMG. While on secondment he completed a Masters degree (MCom) at Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg), majoring in Financial Management.

In 2004, on completion of the secondment, he returned to Financial Services Bank Audit, managing Audit assignments within Banks, Insurance companies, Treasury functions and Unit Trust Investment companies.

In 2005 Eric again returned to the KPMG Resourcing unit, taking responsibility for the Experienced Hire and Graduate Recruitment functions, and ultimately heading up the Resourcing unit in 2008 as an Associate Director. His responsibilities also included leading the Global Mobility / Global Opportunities Business Unit, which was responsible for moving talent at all professional levels to other KPMG offices to support their ability to service clients.

In 2010 Eric left KPMG to join Standard Bank Group in a special projects role. His first assignment was managing the Group programme focussed on improving the recruitment processes, structures and systems across the banks footprint for all levels of talent acquisition. He then moved into an operational role, eventually leading the Resourcing function servicing the Group Enabling Functions Businesses for Standard Bank Group.

Eric has now partnered with Rob Mailich forming Holbourne Advisory to leverage their combined 25 years of Financial Services experience to assist clients in ensuring they are able to identify and attract the best senior talent into their organisations.