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Executive Search – Interim Management – Board Appointments – Market Mapping

Our intensive, in-house research scours the landscape locally and internationally for the best and often hard to find talent.

Watermark has provided the highest quality executive search services in Australia since 1979 and has earned its place as one of Australia’s most reliable search firms.

Watermark specialises in C-Level executive roles: eg. CEO, MD, CFO, CIO, COO, HR Directors, Marketing Directors.

Executive Search

Founded in 1979, we are one of the longest established Australian executive search firms. Despite the fact that we are, above all else, an Australian based firm we have an established track record in attracting, and then securing, candidates from overseas. We guarantee the quality of our work and are extremely proud of our candidate retention rate of 91.2% after two years.

We have considerable expertise in senior executive appointments across a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Our practice has been built on a substantial body of work undertaken for publicly listed companies, private companies, state-owned corporations, and government agencies, departments and advisory Boards.

Diversity

We pride ourselves on delivering the best candidates in the marketplace for consideration by our clients. We go further than most executive search organisations in ensuring that our clients have a gender diverse range of candidates as part of the process. In 2016 42% of all successful candidates introduced by Watermark were female. This is a significantly greater representation of women executives as successful candidates than any levels indicated by recent third party studies. 

Board Search

We believe that strong boards make for better organisations and improved business performance. In conducting searches we do not simply look for ‘a name’ but rather search for candidates with the relevant skills to add real value to a board. We often start our board search by working with the client to produce a Board Skills Matrix which then informs the specific brief. Our track record ensures familiarity with the specific, and often sensitive, challenges involved in appointing Non- Executive Directors and Chairs with the right skill, personal and cultural fit. Our process and experience allow us to generate diverse shortlists and consistently find successful candidates who help boards perform at their peak. We often work with our clients and provide an induction process for their new Directors.

Interim Executive Management

We provide immediate and high-level specialist executives, including senior managers, with the experience to bring stability to and provide guardianship for a company during a period of change, executive absence or performance turnaround. We also assist with providing executives who deliver on projects, programmes or specialist reviews. When clients are ready to appoint an executive we normally complete the assignment in two to three weeks. Those executives then remain in place for an average of 4.6 months.

Market Insights

We have a unique ‘window’ into both the commercial and government worlds and are available to provide informal market insights to our clients on topics such as salary packaging, hiring trends and executive onboarding.

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Despite the fact that we are, above all else, an Australian based firm we have an established track record in attracting, and then securing, candidates from overseas. We guarantee the quality of our work and are extremely proud of our candidate retention rate of 91.2% after two years.

Solutions and Expertise

We have considerable expertise in senior executive appointments across a broad range of public and private sector organisations. Our practice has been built on a substantial body of work undertaken for publicly listed companies, private companies, state-owned corporations, and government agencies, departments and advisory Boards.

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agriculture
  • Asset Management
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Clinical Research
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Cultural Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Devices
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Faith Based
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Services
  • High Tech
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Luxury
  • Machine Learning
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wealth Management
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Seven Qualities of a Perfect Candidate

It’s important to recruit executives that possess the right qualities to steer organizations through uncharted waters. The best leaders have a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills that enable them to keep responding to fluctuating market demands. “We have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of searches over the years and during that time, we

ClearPath Solutions Finds CFO for Café Rio Mexican Grill

Irvine, CA-based executive search firm ClearPath Solutions has placed former BJ’s Restaurant executive Shea Bodet as the new CFO of restaurant chain Café Rio Mexican Grill. Recruiters Amy Wilson, Jessica Dyer and Jack Wilson led the assignment. “Shea is the perfect match for Cafe Rio,” said Ms. Dyer. “She brings a unique combination of technical expertise, leadership, partnership and

Diversified Search Recruits CEO for Baptist Health

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Following a national talent hunt, Diversified Search recently placed Brett S. McClung as

City of Fresno Taps Teri Black & Company to Find Next Police Chief

The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale,

Press Releases

IRC C-Suite Summit in London on “FutureReady Leaders”

LONDON, U.K., April 15, 2019 – The third in the series of IRC discussions themed “Transforming the Leaders: To Be FutureReady” was concluded on April 1 st , 2019 at The May Fair Hotel, London. IRC partners representing 24 countries of the EMEA region invited C-suite executives from industries including financial services, banking, technology, agribusiness

Kennedy Executive Strengthens Presence In Financial Services Market In German Speaking Europe With Unterberger & Partner Joining

PARIS, FRANCE, April 16, 2019 – Kennedy Executive Search, the global network of privately owned executive search boutiques, welcomes new partner Unterberger & Partner. The new partner firm has offices in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, providing the network further access to the German speaking markets in Europe. With Unterberger & Partner joining, the network now has offices in Austria,

Slone Partners, Where People Are Our Science®, Places Amol Chaubal as Chief Financial Officer at Quanterix

BOSTON, MA, April 12, 2019 – Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Amol Chaubal at Quanterix Corporation as Chief Financial Officer. Responsible for the strategic and tactical financial health of Quanterix as the precision medicine company executes rapid scaling, Mr. Chaubal will report to

Slone Partners, Where People Are Our Science®, Places Lloyd Sanders As CEO At Epic Sciences, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 16, 2019 – Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Lloyd Sanders at Epic Sciences, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer. With headquarters in San Diego, California, Mr. Sanders is responsible for all strategic and business aspects of the oncological diagnostics company. Epic Sciences

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Interim Management
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Interim Management is a young concept in Australia. What can we learn from the US and UK?
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Watermark’s Sixth Annual Australian Interim Management Survey Results
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