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James Watson
Head of Practice

At MacGregor Black I head up the Sporting Goods, Outdoor & Fashion Practice.



Since 2014 my career has focussed specifically on exec search within the Sporting Goods, Outdoor and Fashion industries. I have a particular passion for all things digital and have been able to offer an in depth insight into omni-channel structures, talent pipelining, market analysis and talent acquisition. Prior to this I worked extensively within specialist boutique recruitment brands. 


Some Examples of the talent that I’ve appointed:

●  Non-Exec Director - Sportstyle/Streetwear

●  Global Sales Director - Sportstyle/Streetwear

●  Head of Digital Marketing - Pureplayers - Premium Fashion

●  Global Digital GM - Premium fashion

●  VP Marketing EMEA - Global outdoor

●  VP Marketing Europe - Lifestyle apparel

●  GM EMEA - Performance apparel brand

●  Sales Director EMEA - Lifestyle footwear

●  VP Global Marketing - Premium accessories

●  Global Head of Design - Technical outdoor

●  Global Product Director - Technical outdoor

●  Global Head of Apparel - Technical outdoor

●  Global Head of Apparel - Performance running

●  Global Head of Marketing - Technical outdoor

●  Country Manager - Italy - Lifestyle sports apparel

●  Country Manager France - Lifestyle sports apparel 


Spare Time

In my spare time I very much enjoy all things adventure, be it trekking, hiking or international travel. I have a purple belt in Brazillian Jujitsu, which I have trained & taught for 7 years to date. I love to spend my evenings in the gym or with my head buried into a good book, when I am not overseas for business of course!