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Harcourts names new SA CEO from within

By Juliet Helmke
12 December 2023 | 11 minute read
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The network has found a new leader for its South Australian arm.

Rachel Eckey will be taking up the position of Harcourts South Australia CEO when current CEO Gregg Toyama retires on 20 December.

Ms Eckey has led the brand’s operations, marketing, growth and strategy within South Australia for the past nine years.

Harcourts Australia CEO Adrian Knowles described Ms Eckey as “an integral part of the Harcourts corporate support team” and spoke to her business acumen in announcing the promotion.

“She has spent more than a decade in strategic communications and business leadership roles before joining the real estate industry some 12 years ago,” Mr Knowles noted.

“Rachel’s diverse background in business, real estate and government, and having worked with teams throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and Canada, means that she brings a unique set of skills and experience, and is the ideal candidate for this role,” he said.

Of the decision to elevate an existing member of the Harcourts team into the role, Mr Knowles commented that the brand is dedicated to providing paths for progression.

“Harcourts has attracted a lot of outside top talent to come over to blue, and although that is fantastic, it’s also very important that we support and promote from within, growing our own people,” he said.

In stepping into the role, Ms Eckey commented that it is the brand’s people-first mentality that she particularly values in her tenure, and an ethos she intends to continue fostering in her new role.

“I’m in my ninth year with Harcourts SA, and I have seen a lot from under this roof. Through market crests and challenges, PM licensing in SA, legislation changes, the pandemic and other industry challenges, one thing has been consistent during all of that: the people.

“The people in the Harcourts SA network are what makes it thrive that way it does,” she remarked.

She herself has appreciated the company’s supportive mentality amid the changes that have taken place in her own life in the course of her tenure at the network.

“I first came to Harcourts as a bachelorette, and now I’m a working mum with three young children. Harcourts have supported me throughout this journey,” Ms Eckey said.

“I’m privileged to be able to return that support and give back to our offices and our people as the Harcourts South Australia CEO,” she added.

Ms Eckey noted it is a value that outgoing SA CEO Gregg Toyama shares as well.

“Gregg and I have worked closely together for the last four years, and the authentic care we both extend to everyone in the Harcourts network is one of the things that sets us apart.”

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Juliet Helmke

Based in Sydney, Juliet Helmke has a broad range of reporting and editorial experience across the areas of business, technology, entertainment and the arts. She was formerly Senior Editor at The New York Observer.

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