Woodburn Mann Equity Partners (Pty) Limited (WMEP) has a Level 2 BEE certificate, verified by Grant Thornton, and is recognised as one of the leading executive search consultancies in South Africa.


The company was formed in over 25 years ago in 1989 to contribute meaningfully towards the empowerment objectives embodied in the ethos of the changing South African economy. Focus is placed on identifying the best talent in all sectors, delivering outstanding results and staff empowerment.


Woodburn Mann Equity Partners has the most highly effective research capability in South Africa which differentiates it above the competition.

We have multi-sector experience which includes prominent listed and private companies, as well as governmental and parastatal organisations. We aim to create long term relationships to assist our clients with their talent management requirements. Our exceptional track record of identifying and successfully placing high calibre candidates creates confidence in our ability to establish effective partnerships which add significant value to our clients.

A hallmark of Woodburn Mann Equity Partners is the ability to view organisations holistically using a well-qualified multi-disciplinary team approach. Strategic alliances with organisations that provide specialist synergistic services, augment those provided from Woodburn Mann’s internal resources. 

Woodburn Mann Equity Partners has a reputation for quality and service excellence by placing exceptional individuals who contribute meaningfully to organisations’ success. Our client base consists of astute decision-makers in many of the world’s top ranked companies. 

Our services include: 

q   Executive and non-executive search

q   Board reviews

q   Succession planning

q   Leadership assessment and development through the Korn/Ferry platform

q   Staff retention and motivation

q   People resource planning 

In South Africa, Woodburn Mann Equity Partners offers consulting services that addresses the key leadership needs of major organisations; the appointment, evaluation and development of world class, globally competitive executive talent. The group’s suite of consulting services includes:

 (a)     Top Level Appointments

                Identification of key decision-makers through discreet research

§  Main Board Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director Search

§  Executive Search: for remuneration levels above R900 000/US$120 000 per annum

§  Interim Executive Search: Short-term contract executives

§  Identification of senior managers through electronic and print media advertising

§  Management Selection: for remuneration levels between R750 000 and R1 000 000 

(b)   Executive Development and Retention

§  Performance Assessment and Leadership Development using cutting edge, scientifically validated processes from Lominger International (a division of the Korn/Ferry Group)

§  Retention, Promotion and Motivation Programme – this is a structured engagement and support programme for candidates who were unsuccessful in applying for internal opportunities or who have recently been promoted and would like some added extra counselling

§  Counselling: Retrenchment, attitudinal, mid-life/career, stress, retirement

§  Coaching: Developing leadership skills through an association with one of the leading coaching consultancies in Africa

(c)   Evaluation Consultancy

§  Board of Directors: Composition, profiling and appraisal in terms of King III recommendations

§  Succession Planning

§  Holistic Audits: Assessment of strategy, structure and management capability

§  Subjective Individual Assessment: Identification of potential for promotion or development

§  Psychometric Assessment: Appropriate level occupationally oriented assessment batteries conducted by Industrial Psychologists

§  Executive Remuneration: Comparative market related pay, benefits and incentives through an association with one of the largest remuneration consultancies in Africa

§  Contract Research: Sophisticated niche market research for business planning

§  Lominger Assessment and Development Toolsets

§  People Resource Planning