Mark Watt


Office Location: Johannesburg

Phone: +27 11 6856910

Mark Watt is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Johannesburg office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. He focuses exclusively on leadership consulting and advisory work, servicing all industry sectors, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mark has partnered with private and public clients throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and other international markets, including start-ups, family owned businesses and global multinationals.

He has worked on numerous CEO succession projects, senior executive leadership development programmes, top team effectiveness interventions and executive coaching processes with an emphasis on improving leadership performance and maximizing employee potential. He has defined, designed and delivered interventions for senior talent and top teams.

Mark is particularly interested in the sustainability of change through behaviour aligned to business results and accelerated performance.

Before joining the Leadership Consulting Practice, Mark spent several years as a senior associate and associate in the Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors and Education & Social Enterprise Practices in our Sydney office. In these roles, he completed CEO, Board and senior education appointments for Australia and New Zealand’s leading public companies, universities and not-for-profit organizations.

Earlier in his career, Mark held various positions with global Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and United States-based, global FMCG business, Campbell Soups Inc.


Mark holds a double major degree in human microbiology and human genetics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and maintains a keen interest in sport, primarily triathlon, trail running and mountain biking. He also gained national honours in squash.