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Nancy Payne

Nancy leads research in WATSON’s director and executive search practice. She brings over 30 years’ experience in search research, having worked with leading executive search firms across Canada.

Nancy’s expertise is research. A generalist, she has worked across all industry sectors and functional areas and is passionate about original research. Nancy is known for her diligence and tenacity in identifying, attracting, and bringing passive, qualified candidates to the table – not just those in the market.

In 1989, Nancy established Payne Associates to provide research to the executive search industry. Assignments have spanned across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

Prior to joining WATSON, Nancy was a senior associate at Boyden, a global leader in the executive search industry, working predominantly in the public sector. As associate and co-director research with The Caldwell Partners International, a global provider of executive search, Nancy worked on director, executive, and senior management searches across North America and helped build and train the national research team.

She holds a B.A. in Administrative Studies from Ryerson University.

Nancy and her husband are passionate about travel, especially to wonderful destinations where their children’s work has taken them doing what they love.


Nancy Payne

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