Liesl Bernard

Robert Half Executive Search President Wayne Mello

Managing Director

Main: (858) 812-2565
Mobile: (808) 772-0869
[email protected]

La Jolla Office
4225 Executive Square
Level 3
La Jolla, CA 92037

Honolulu Office
737 Bishop Street, Suite 2550
Honolulu, HI 96813

As Managing Director for Robert Half Executive Search in Southern California, Liesl functions as a “trusted advisor” and partners with companies of varying sizes across the country and internationally to find specialized, executive leadership talent in a range of industries and functional areas. Liesl’s focus areas include biotechnology, technology, financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing, hospitality and real estate.

Liesl’s background as a “Big 4” CPA with a focus on IT and organizational development, coupled with over 20 years of global executive search and placement experience, provides her the ability to identify executive leadership talent for client companies across diverse industries and with unique corporate structures and cultures. 


Liesl has developed a finely-tuned ability to understand the underlying cultural and interpersonal dynamics in each unique executive search and placement experience in places such as South Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Her intuition and business sense enables her to identify and deliver superior, executive leadership talent that possess drive, personality, desired skills and cultural fit for each leadership search she completes. 

Liesl takes a customized and hands-on approach to every executive search. She helps a diverse range of organizations create a competitive advantage with highly specialized executive and leadership talent that she and her Robert Half Executive Search team consistently pinpoint and introduce to each client that they work with.

Throughout Liesl’s career at Robert Half, she has been acknowledged on numerous occasions as an outstanding search and placement professional and has consistently been ranked in the top tier of her peers around the world.  Liesl has held various management consulting and leadership roles, with some highlights including assisting with the launch of the companies’ Robert Half Management Resources division globally and performing a pivotal role in the growth and development of Robert Half’s technology division in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

Personal and Professional Activities

Throughout her career, Liesl has been involved with numerous charities and organizations. She currently heads up a meditation foundation for children and has been an active board member for Junior Achievement in Hawaii. Liesl is an avid athlete and has completed several marathons and triathlons and loves to travel to remote places of the world whenever time permits.