Appointment of Vernalisa Hendroff, Ph.D. as Group People and Culture Manager.

24 May 2022    By  John Ortner  

First Contact Appoints Vernalisa Hendroff, Ph.D. as Group People and Culture Manager

MELBOURNE, May 18, 2022 – First Contact is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vernalisa Hendroff as Group People and Culture Manager. “We are fortunate to have someone of Vernalisa’s calibre and experience step up to lead People and Culture at First Contact” said John Ortner, Managing Director.

“We are at a critical stage of growth to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Vernalisa is a HR professional with a proven track record of process and execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer-focused with deep leadership capabilities.”

Vernalisa said, “I am honoured and excited to lead First Contact HR initiatives. I believe First Contact core competency is our people and culture matter to them across our entire portfolio.”

Throughout her career, Vernalisa has successfully led large HR teams and developed strong expertise in HR transformation and cultural change. “First Contact is a great place to work, offering a strong, values driven culture that brings interesting and meaningful work,” she said. “I am delighted to join such an innovative workplace specialist and am excited about the opportunity to lead the global HR team through the next phase of growth.”

Prior to joining First Contact, Dr. Hendroff held positions at Sodexo (Australia), Petronas (Malaysia and Global), and various roles in London, Dubai, and Boston as well as U Mobile in Kuala Lumpur. Vernalisa holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resources from the Malaysia University of Science and Technology and a master’s degree from the University of Ballarat.


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Since 2006, First Contact has operated great workplaces. As specialists in the planning and management of the operational real estate, facilities, and workplace needs of the occupier, we offer advisory, recruitment and management services to leading organisations. For more information, please visit us at

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