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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

Here’s How Predictive Analytics is Sharpening Recruiting Efforts

Historically, recruiting has been primarily dependent upon the instincts of the employer. Whether he or she felt a particular candidate was fit for a given position was based primarily on the resume, indicating the candidate’s previous experience, qualifications and job history. Today, it is widely accepted that organizations that base decisions on data consistently outperform

The Koblentz Group Recruits CHRO for PRGX

Anyone with ties to the human resources function knows how much it has evolved in recent years – and with it the role of the chief human resources officer. The biggest shift has been in the CHRO’s progression from fighting for a seat at the table to playing a key role on the executive team. According

Recruit Co. Ltd. Makes Key Technology Investments

Staffing provider Recruit Co. Ltd., an intermediate holding branch of Japanese recruiting behemoth Recruit Holdings, has made three key investments in technology companies, helping to fund Breez Development, which is working to help improve cryptocurrency payments; Techbins Solutions, an AI conversational commerce platform; and Coti Holdings, a next-generation blockchain provider. Recruit Holdings is the owner

Saenger Associates Tapped by MWS Wire Industries to Find New Leader

Los Angeles-based executive search firm Saenger Associates has been retained by MWS Wire Industries to lead the search for its next president. Mike Nadler, senior vice president of client services, is spearheading the assignment along with Gary Saenger, founder and president. MWS Wire Industries is seeking a successor to its retiring president to continue to

Press Releases

St. Luke’s Names Kevin Nokels, MBA, FACHE, New President & CEO

JUNE, 11, 2019 – St. Luke’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Nokels (Nuk-culls), MBA, FACHE, as the health care system’s new president and chief executive officer. Nokels currently serves as President of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy in Omaha, Nebraska. A native of Long Prairie, Minnesota, he succeeds John Strange

NPAworldwide Recruitment Network Member-Owners Elect Officers and Directors

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – April 23, 2019 – The membership of NPAworldwide has elected a new slate of representatives to its board of directors. The individuals elected to the NPAworldwide board of directors include the following: Taufik Arief, People Search Indonesia (Jakarta, Indonesia), was elected to a one-year term as director for AsiaPacific. Jason Elias,

Cornerstone in Global Top 30 – Again

Cornerstone International Group has been selected among the top 30 global recruiting firms for the second year in a row.  The rankings are compiled by Hunt Scanlon, publisher of the Executive Search Review for the past 27 years. Hunt Scanlon does not rank the individual firms within the Top 30 Global Group. Cornerstone International Group

IMSA Search Global Partners introduces Peter Fischer as its new CFO

Peter Fischer has been a member of the IMSA Search Global Partners since 2017. The new CFO also runs Consent, Vienna-based HR Consulting firm with its roots dating back to 1974. He is an MBA graduate of the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). Peter’s main areas of expertise are Technology, Financial Services and Corporate Management.

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Interim Management
Celebrating 40 years of Watermark
Interim Management is a young concept in Australia. What can we learn from the US and UK?
What are the key skills Interim Managers need to succeed in a new role?
Watermark’s Sixth Annual Australian Interim Management Survey Results
The Rise of the Portfolio Career