Our boutique agency combines traditional matching techniques with behavioural profiling.

Successfully filling permanent or interim leadership roles in times of change, crisis or growth, depends on pairing expertise with a solid level of emotional intelligence.

By scanning the organisational dynamics, mapping the drives of the most important stakeholders and profiling the behaviour of the candidates we are able to define the right set of leadership skills needed for the role.

Our core services include Executive Search and Interim Management.

EQ is vital for successful leadership

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Executive Search

We are dedicated Talent Hunters who take pride in differentiating ourselves through our proven multidisciplinary matching process.

We go beyond skills and qualifications and make time for emotionally aware recruitment.

“Experience the difference and feel the (E)motion.”

As your full-service HR partner, our expertise, data-driven methodology and broad network will help you drive your business further. With a range of customized services, we:

  • identify and assess the right talent and culture fit for your leadership position.
  • create strong company cultures based on shared values.
  • transform management teams to achieve the highest levels of performance.

Our focus on specific segments have made us a specialist with niche knowledge and comprehensive experience in HR, Finance, Marketing, Project Management and Executive Assistant roles.

We are specialized in the recruitment, profiling (Leadership EQ-Assessments) and development of:

  • Expert and Team Manager roles
  • Senior-level roles to C-suite

Professional Interim Executives

Hiring an interim executive offers a timely, strategic leadership solution for businesses experiencing change, without entailing permanent fixed cost.
Our interim management services offer a proactive, flexible, and rapid solution enabling organizations to keep on course during periods of transformation, transition or change.

We are experts at placing high-caliber independent interim managers and work with an extensive network of freelance professionals in the Belgian market. We have built a community of interim managers and executives who can jump in on a temporary basis to make sure your day-to-day business doesn’t get interrupted during changing times. Or adding knowledge through their expertise during hands-on projects, solving complex problems and making a meaningful impact.

We make sure we understand your search requirements, strategic issues, and company culture. This enables us to profoundly comprehend your request, identify the challenges and select and coach the right Interim Manager for your journey.


Whether you want to proactively assess your career path and aspirations or you cannot find the perfect match when job hunting on your own, don’t worry!

We are always interested in getting to know true talent. At Watson & Associates, it is not just about filling a seat, it is about forming meaningful, authentic partnerships with talented people.

We believe that genuine connections will benefit both parties and create an environment where everyone is working together towards a common goal, with a commitment to authenticity and trust.

Reach out to us and one of our Talent Hunters will
get in touch with you to truly understand your expectations and/or help you in your search for the next step in your career or a new freelance project.

If you are looking for a new opportunity, either for permanent or temporary placement, feel free to send us your resume


Are you struggling as an employer with talent acquisition?
We advise and guide you with finding the talent you need with one focus in mind: hire smart and increase retention.
We offer Interim Management, executive search, and candidate selection services.
Executives, directors, middle managers and technical specialists.

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Meet our Talent Hunters

Layla El Mourabit


Layla is the founder and Managing Partner of Watson and Associates. With over two decades of experience working with leading recruitment companies, she remains hands-on in the recruitment business, helping senior executives to manage their careers by listening to what they want to achieve, identifying areas of learning and development and accompanying organizations to recruit the strongest and most relevant talent for their business.

Over the years, she has developed in-depth understanding of the discipline and how it has evolved as a critical function within a business. Her keen eye for identifying high quality candidates as well as industry knowledge and strong network enhance her unique ability to attract top talent at senior level.


Helping both candidates and companies succeed by connecting top talent is at the core of everything Layla does. In doing so, she is a mix of the old and the new: despite the speed of digitalization, human contact and emotional intelligence is still a huge part of Watson & Associates’ headhunting process. That is why she also actively maintains a more “traditional” contact network.

With her energetic, determined personality and results-driven approach, she is both a highly effective listener as well as a doer enabling her to make the best, most personalized matches and – more importantly – identifying the best cultural fit.

She headhunts talent for positions on permanent placements and interim management solutions across Europe, ranging from senior management to C-level.

Type of roles

Managing Director, Finance Director, HR Director, PF&A Manager, International Sales Director, VP Finance Executive, CFO and other C-Suite roles, Family Office Director, PMO, …

Vicky Korstanje


A love for marketing and advertising defined Vicky’s career for the first 25 years. Being a people person, her unrivaled energy comes from providing candidates and clients with a positive experience leading to concrete results.

In her role as experienced sourcer and recruiter specialized in marketing, financial, legal, sales and HR profiles, she understands the importance of a good fit for every hire and knowing the ins and outs of the industry is a true asset.


Vicky manages to combine a strong network of high caliber candidates with a thorough and personalized approach with consistent follow-up which is rare. She really takes the time to understand the clients’ needs and more importantly the soft attributes they value as well as the unique aspects of their company culture.

She dives into each search with passion and working with her is an absolute joy, as she is responsive and communicative during every step of the process.

Type of roles

HR: HR Business Partner, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Manager, HR Manager, HR Director, HR Officer, Comp & Ben Manager, …

Marketing: Product Manager, Marketing Manager, Brand Manager, Head of Marketing, Social Media Manager, Online Marketing Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager, Community Manager, Trade Marketing Manager, …

Finance: Finance Manager, (Sr) Accounting Manager, A/P Accountant, A/R Accountant, G/L Accountant, …

Legal: Paralegal, (Junior) In-house legal support
Sales: Sales Manager, Key Account Manager, Sales representative, …


Lore Kathagen


Having worked in several startups in various stages, her energy and entrepreneurial spirit provides her with a strong understanding of what is essential for success in fast-evolving environments and how precious everyone’s time is. Leveraging her academic background, professional experience and – most importantly – her purpose and passion, she is a creative talent specialist for social media, marketing, graphic & digital design, and communication.

At Watson & Associates, Lore implements the latest technologies to attract top talent.


Lore is deeply dedicated to the long-term-success and positive experience of our candidates and clients. As a specialized recruiter, she better understands specific skill sets, career goals and market value and speaks the client’s and candidate’s language.

Type of roles

Marketing: Product Manager, Marketing Manager, Brand Manager, Head of Marketing, Social Media Manager, Online Marketing Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager, Community Manager, Trade Marketing Manager …

HR: HR Business Partner, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Manager, HR Manager

Administrative: Family Office staff, Project Manager

Yasmin Scibilia


Yasmin has over two decades of experience in providing high level administrative and project support to top management in leading corporations, mainly in the Financial Services industry. She has a nose for identifying “hidden talent” by also tapping nontraditional talent pools to find top tier administrative and operational talent.


Known for building genuine lasting working relationships, Yasmin is not afraid to go the extra mile to match candidates with jobs they love and help companies find the best realistic fit that will enhance their company culture. She is passionate about providing a white glove service identifying candidates with the right mindset and skills, all while maintaining a personalized and custom-tailored approach.

In her profile assessments, she goes beyond the usual screening by always challenging consistency: the recurrent hunger for learning new skills and knowledge, the record of adding value in every experience (not just the quantity of experience), the efforts to work smart and execute (not just work hard) and finally, not just doing great work, but also being “great to work with”.

Thanks to her international background and personal history, Yasmin can also assist you with international searches. She is fluent in spoken and written French, Dutch, English and Italian.

Type of roles

Administrative/High-level support: Chief of Staff, Executive/Personal Assistant, CEO Office staff, Family Office staff, Corporate Affairs staff, Project Manager

HR: HR Business Partner, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Manager, HR Manager

“As a candidate, I have been very pleased with the high level of professionalism and integrity shown throughout the process. Watson & Associates demonstrates that they understand the needs of their client. They remained objective during the recruiting process, and asked me all the right questions about my professional skills, as well as my soft skills and ability to operate within the environment of their client. In short, it shows that they really have both their client’s and the candidate’s best interests at heart.”

Mohamed El Ouahabi, FP&A Director

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