Building world-class teams in financial services.


Our name, Capital Executive Search (CES), was carefully chosen to convey the value we add to the financial services industry - recruiting the human capital needed to facilitate financial growth for our clients.

Our mission is to create unparalleled value in our coverage sectors by understanding the unique needs of our clients and candidates. To be the trusted recruitment partner for our clients, we offer tailor-made solutions that enable our clients to build world-class teams and help our candidates realise their full career potential.

Our expertise is centered within the Australian market; we fill positions in all major cities across NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA and more.


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Integrity isn't just our policy; it's our culture. It sets the foundation for the long-term relationships and the high quality service we deliver. Our approach to feedback and advice, while always professional, ensures that you receive genuine guidance to help you make informed decisions on your  journey.


In a world that’s always changing, adaptability isn’t an option; it’s a necessity. We’re not set in our ways; we’re set on finding the best way — for you. With us, you’re not just adapting to change; you’re staying ahead of it.


Our process involves engaging in comprehensive conversations within the industry. This ensures that we have a holistic view of every candidate, appreciating their skills, experiences, and the value they bring, ensuring a perfect match for our clients.


Diversity is more than a metric; it’s our guiding principle. We strive to mirror the rich tapestry of our communities, going beyond quotas to actively engage with underrepresented talents, fostering an authentically inclusive hiring ecosystem.


Our team’s deep domain knowledge and industry connections allow us to conduct the most thorough vetting in the market. It’s not just about filling roles; it’s about creating lasting, successful partnerships.


Partnership is our promise, not just our practice. We forge three-way alliances with our clients and candidates, delivering custom solutions rooted in rigorous research and uncompromising verification.


Established since 2020


Capital Executive Search ('CES') is founded by Mischa Bennett, a recruitment industry veteran since 2007. After a career at both global and local boutiques, and with a history of being ranked consistently as one of the top billers, Mischa made a strategic move to establish a new firm in the market built around his unique recruitment model.


Despite the economic slowdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, CES achieves $1M+ in revenue in it's second year of business. The re-opening of NSW and VIC in late 2021 prove to be a catalyst in its sustained growth into 2022.


CES makes its first addition to the team, with Gabrielle Percic joining from Macquarie's Private Bank. Pivoting from a fast-tracked path to a private banking career, Gabrielle joined CES with the vision of leveraging her industry experience to help build a world-class recruitment firm.


CES continues on its growth trajectory, expanding its client base, coverage areas and adding its third team member, Rob Hoyles, who joins following the successful sale of the freight business he founded to a multinational corporate in the logistics industry.


17+ years of combined experience in talent acquisition.

Our team is comprised of career recruiters, ex-industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Together, we have over 17 years of combined experience in talent acquisition.

To contact a member of our team directly, please follow the link to our respective LinkedIn pages.

Mischa Bennett
Founder & Managing Director

Mischa founded Capital Executive Search in 2020 after a 15-year long career in recruitment at both global and boutique executive search firms.

Beginning at Robert Half, Mischa eventually oversaw the firm's permanent recruitment operations in Sydney. From there, he joined a boutique executive search firm in 2011 as the practice lead for funds management and infrastructure before founding CES.

At CES, his principal focus areas are Infrastructure, Energy Transition, Equities and Multi-Asset Funds.

Mischa holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney.

Gabrielle Percic

Gabrielle started her career at Macquarie's Private Bank as a Senior Associate, before pivoting to recruitment with CES to cover Distribution, ESG/Responsible Investment, Fixed Income, Asset Consulting and Wealth Management.

Prior to this, Gabrielle was an athlete for Artistic Swimming Australia, competing in international level meets in New Zealand, Fiji, Hong Kong, Italy and Russia.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Economics) from the University of Western Australia, a WSET Level 1 Wine Certification and is currently completing her CFA (Level 1).

Patrick Hogan

Pat joined CES from Robert Walters in Sydney, where he worked on the Commercial/Institutional Banking and Private Credit desk. There, he worked with domestic and international banks and private credit institutions, filling roles across a variety of disciplines.

Pat is the practice lead for Debt, including Credit Analysis, Debt Coverage, DCM, FIG / NBFI, Project Finance, Private Credit, Syndication/Sponsor Coverage, Distressed Debt, Structured and Leveraged Finance roles.

Rob Hoyles

Prior to his recruitment career, Rob founded and built a freight forwarding company with over 100 staff before selling the business in 2020 to a multinational corporate in the logistics industry.

At CES, he covers Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and Private Equity in line with his interest in people and building/transacting in the corporate context.

Outside of work, Rob is a coach at the Randwick District Rugby Union Club, remaining involved with the sport after a semi-professional career including international stints at Cambridge University, England and Stade Français Paris, France.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of NSW (Biomedical Engineering).