Martha Watt

Martha Watt

Managing Director, Chicago Human Resources

Martha Watt is our managing director of the Human Resources team in Chicago and Milwaukee. Her role aligns her passions of inspiring teams, growing people-services businesses, and providing value to the HR community. She loves to help organizations reach their goals and individuals align with their life purpose to live joyfully every day.

Martha’s experience in people/HR-services businesses spans over thirty years in multiple areas: recruiting & executive search, talent & leadership development, learning & education, coaching, and organizational change management.

Prior to joining Salo, Martha was in consulting, business development, marketing, and customer experience leadership roles for a variety of organizations, including Executive Coaching Connections, Gagen MacDonald, The CARA Group, Spherion, and AT Kearney.

Martha is a member of The Executive Club of Chicago and the Association of Talent Development. She is an advisory board member for the Chicago Corporate Coalition, a not-for-profit organization aligning Chicago-area HR leaders on supporting employees’ emotional health to help with talent retention, wellness, and the eradication of systemic racism.

She holds a B.S.E. in industrial engineering from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She also received certifications in Coaching Essentials from CoachU, Prosci’s Enterprise Change Management, and Values-based Leadership from Northwestern.

Martha lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago and has two grown children. She loves to boat, bike, and be outdoors with friends, family, and her golden retriever, Sammy.

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Salo is now part of Korn Ferry

Salo connects senior finance, accounting, and HR professionals with organizations that need their expertise. Joining Korn Ferry’s Interim Executive & Professional practice enables us to continue our twofold, people-focused approach: connecting people with meaningful careers where they can make a positive impact and offering innovative and customized business solutions for clients looking to tackle big challenges. Together with Korn Ferry, we are committed to putting people first, to build a world that works better together.

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Explore meaningful careers

Salo specializes in connecting finance, accounting, and HR experts with meaningful work. We know that being empowered to pursue work that matters means endless career possibilities. Therefore, we find roles tailored to your interests and goals, whether you want to advance your career, mentor and lead teams, innovate and collaborate with new partners, or work with clients of all sizes across industries. Find out how we can be your career partners.

Looking for a meaningful career? Learn more here.

Solve business needs

Combining Korn Ferry’s global reach with Salo’s customized client approach means we’re able to deliver world-class service to organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Because our people have functional backgrounds in finance, accounting, and HR, we have a holistic understanding of your business needs and challenges. Our pool of executive and professional talent is uniquely motivated to do the best work they can. No matter your business talent need, we are your trusted partner.

Looking for interim talent? Learn more here.