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2021 Annual Interim Executive Survey


The eleventh edition of the Interim Executive Survey by Watermark Search International, examines how organisations are adopting and operationalising new solutions to achieve long term sustainability.

The report is underpinned by three key themes:

  • SHAPING - Creating the next normal; understanding and leveraging technological and digital change.

  • STRENGTHENING - Continuous improvement and adopting changing career models and changing hiring practices.

  • SUSTAINING - Undertaking organisational reviews and the changes necessary to build more resilient operating models. 

As organisations understand and leverage digital change, adapt to a hybrid working model, embrace eCommerce platforms and the changing ways customer buy service and product from them, our survey suggests they are increasingly ‘renting’ executive talent to plug skill gaps.

“We have seen a rise in the Interim Executive solution to bring about change, transformation, right sizing,
re-organisation, re-structuring, at speed.” 

Clients are utilising Interim Executives as a ‘first mover’ advantage, to augment new work models that can flex and adapt to the environmental uncertainty introduced through the pandemic.

“One of the key insights for us has been the observation that those organisations that were able to make clear decisions, at speed, were the organisations that have navigated and weathered the storm best.” 

There is strong demand for HR Executives in particular, as their expertise is at the forefront of the people centric change that is required. Closely followed by a big demand for Digital and Data expertise, as well as strong leadership across the whole of the C-Suite roles to backfill or caretake roles due to extended leave, or to drive change. 

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