As Managing Partner, David is responsible for the leadership, strategy and direction of Watermark Search International. Having been fortunate to be part of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing HR Outsourcing business, as well as the world’s largest HR Firm, David has considerable experience in Australia and overseas in growing and scaling businesses.  

Whilst leading the firm, he also conducts executive searches and personally focuses on building and shaping leadership teams to grow businesses. Appointing CEOs and their direct reports typically in Private Equity backed businesses. David gets involved at due diligence stage assessing Leadership teams and their capacity to grow as well as conducting executive searches to identify the best global talent and supporting them throughout their journey.  

David hosts Watermark's Agile Leadership Lessons podcast which focuses on the experience of current leaders to help you better achieve your business and career goals. To listen to our episodes, please click here.

Prior to his role at Watermark, David led the Sydney operation for a Global Search firm and earlier was on the Executive Leadership team for a Global HR Outsourcing business where he grew Technology, Outsourcing and Executive Search business. After the successful exit, David transitioned with the business to work for the world’s largest private HR firm with revenues of $12bn, based in Dubai; he was on the European Executive leadership team.    

Outside of work you’ll see David spending time with his young family or enjoying his passions of classic cars and supporting Australian sporting teams. David possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Sydney in Psychology and English and is accredited in the suite of Hogan Assessment tools including the Leadership forecast series as well as the Hogan 360.

"We were delighted to appoint three senior executives to support the CEO on our ambitious growth journey. From the first conversation, it was clear that David Evans and Watermark understood the brief, could provide good suggestions on the market, and had excellent organisational and salary insights.

David actively led the search and assembled the appropriate team within Watermark to support this project. Throughout the entire process I was kept informed of the progress, timeline, and market feedback. David and Watermark identified individuals that not only fit the brief but importantly had a cultural alignment and connection to the purpose of the organisation. We were very happy with the whole process and the three senior executives that were appointed."

-Chairman, Private Equity backed organisation