See how we helped Diversys find and hire their first Product Leader

The Search Statistics 

  1. Number of days to the first round of resumes: 5
  2. Number of candidates considered: 12
  3. Number of candidates interviewed: 9
  4. Number of business days to complete the search: 93

The Search

This search - for the company’s first CPO - was part of a larger search assignment to complete the company’s executive team. It was critical we placed a mature experienced leader who would build and lead the business with the goal of securing a formal Series A and long term goal of an exit via acquisition. 


The Client 

Diversys has a vision to enable a world with no waste. They help to do this by providing an enterprise SaaS solution that enables organizations, in the circular economy, to better report and manage their recycling obligations such as compliance and ESG scores. 

Toronto-based Diversys has secured working capital from Angel investors and has a Beta product with a number of early customers. 


Search Requirements 

This hire needed to be an accomplished product leader at a CPO or VP level with experience building an early stage software company. It was critical to the role that this person had market facing experience, driving strategic product decisions and scaling an enterprise business application. The cherry-on-top was experience leading a business to an exit. 


The Hire

This 32 year veteran had experience building a software product business from zero revenue to $25M. They had also been apart of two successful exits via  acquisition.


"What I value most about Martyn Bassett Associates is their partnership approach. They take the time to understand your business, its needs and provide you with the guidance and insights necessary to land the most suitable candidate." 

– Roger Barlow, CEO & Co-Founder, Diversys 

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When hiring our first CPO, we were looking to branch out beyond our network. The Martyn Bassett Associates team was able to source candidates that we were wanting, but unable to get on our own. We were presented with a wide range of fantastic candidates.

Robert Chen
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Almi

What I love about working with this team is they’re there to help. I have weird requests, they jump on the phone and we figure it out. I need someone in a hurry, they hustle. I maybe need someone ages from now, they keep an eye out. I have a question about a salary, or am unsure about how to approach something – they know. We’ve used them for a few years, and we’ve had nothing but great experience working together. Wish I had found them a few years sooner.

Alan Smith
Co-Founder/CEO, Strategyzer

We were impressed with both the speed and the high-calibre of candidates we had to choose from. Martyn Bassett Associates really listen to what you’re looking for and the entire process is very smooth and stress-free.

Roger Barlow
CEO & Co-Founder, Diversys

The entire Martyn Bassett team was easy to work with and we were able to quickly develop an open and transparent partnership. Leveraging their strong expertise and extensive talent network, they helped us find the technology sales leaders and management services experts we needed.

Erin McLean
SVP, Marketing & Human Resources, Herjavec Group

A true value-adding partner in identifying talent. The team at Martyn Bassett Associates were quick to zero-in on our requirements and rigorous in pre-qualifying candidates for consideration. They are focused and fast! Their expertise and experience added value throughout the process and resulted in an outstanding final outcome for Roadpost. This is a team that will strive to exceed expectations.

Kim Layne
VP Marketing, Roadpost