ABOUT US

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

Employees Reveal Insights on 2019 Workforce Trends

Surveys on workplace topics often poll employers to gain their perspectives on the latest HR issues and trends – but, in a recent survey, Paychex went directly to the source and obtained insight from employees themselves. It questioned employees on hot topics like benefits, pay equity, HR technology, corporate social responsibility and more, to determine

Spencer Stuart Recruits Board Members for Yelp

Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has placed three board members for Yelp Inc. The firm had been enlisted to evaluate the board’s composition and identify additional director candidates to help drive the online-review website’s strategy. George Hu, Sharon Rothstein and Brian Sharples were appointed to the board, effective March 1. They will replace Geoff Donaker, Jeremy Levine and Peter Fenton, who notified the

Deerfield Associates Seeks Senior Major Gifts Officer for Babson College

Major gifts officers are among the most vital roles for educational institutions. The position involves identifying potential donors, cultivating relationships and, above all, garnering much-needed contributions from key supporters. Recruitment firms that can find the right person for this top-level fundraising position are much-valued partners of not-for-profits everywhere. And for recruiters, the business of finding

RSR Partners Appoints Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Practice

Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Allen Shapard as a managing director and head of the corporate affairs and communications practice. He is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Shapard has more the 25 years of relevant experience in communications, branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility. He has worked closely with high-profile consumer and enterprise

Press Releases

InterSearch Norway appoints seasoned technology leader as new Chairwoman

NORWAY, Jan. 30, 2019 – The experienced board- and technology leader Ingvild Myhre steps in as new Chairwoman for the Oslo and Stavanger based Executive search company already from the 1. September 2018. Mrs. Myhre has among other positions been the CEO of Telenor Mobil and Network Norway. Today she holds the role of Partner with Agera

InterSearch Worldwide partner in Norway re-branding – New name, New opportunities, Same passion

NORWAY, Jan. 29, 2019 – Since 2013, Sekse & Hogstad has been a highly valued member of InterSearch Worldwide; a leading global Executive Search firm with over 90 offices in 50 countries. Today we are excited to launch the new global brand name of InterSearch Norway to align with the firms ambitious growth strategy and depth of

NPAworldwide Expands Footprint in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Indonesia

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – February 8, 2019 – Global recruitment network NPAworldwide is pleased to announce the addition of seven new member recruitment firms. Scout Engineering Services, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA Specializing in engineers, manufacturing, operations and skilled trades recruiting Sovereign Recruiting, (sovereignrecruiting.com), Chicago, Illinois, USA Focus is chemical, engineering (mechanical, electrical, design), food, oil

Kensington International Places New Chief Human Resources Officer for Black & Veatch

OAK BROOK, IL, February 7, 2019 – Kensington International has placed Stephanie Hasenbos-Case as the new Chief Human Resources Officer for Black & Veatch. Ms. Hasenbos-Case comes to B&V having held positions with Bank of America, H&R Block, Sears Holding and Accenture. Most recently, she was Partner and Global Practice Leader People & Culture and

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