Value Added Services with Essential Experience

Established as a recruitment company in 1980, the DMA Group has evolved to offer a comprehensive selection of HR and Research-related solutions.


By engaging the knowledge and expertise of specialists in their respective fields, our team is able to provide effective and innovative outcomes to satisfy client needs in all aspects of Sourcing, Retention,  Outplacement and various Research-related activities.  Each of our three divisions, i.e. DMA People, DMA Global and DMA Research, has a specialised focus enabling us to service each client's individual, unique requirements. 

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Derek Mengel


In terms of his search and selection activities, Derek is focused on executive, management and specialist appointments across a broad spectrum of disciplines and industry sectors. He is also actively engaged in Behavioural Analysis, Team Building interventions and Career Transition counselling - a topic on which he and his son Ross published a book entitled “A Bend in the Road”.


Derek is currently head of DMA Global and a Director of the DMA Group. Derek was first employed in a technical capacity within the Unilever Group and spent the first 17 years of his career in various management roles within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry in Southern Africa. In 1980, He was attracted to management recruitment and executive search spending the next 40 years, initially in his own consultancy before joining a major South African organisation representing the then MSL Group, Coutts and DBM. Derek later served as Managing Director of both the MSL and DBM divisions until 2001 when he resigned to re-establish the DMA Group which he now manages with his son Ross.


Derek enjoys the outdoors, spending time with the family, is an avid rugby supporter, a keen cyclist and has served as Chairman of a Community Service Organisation. 

Telephone : +27 11 678 2009

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State Street

Outplacement Participant

I am really grateful that State Street asked DMA Global to assist us. You have gone over and beyond to help me with my career after State Street. I really appreciate the time and effort you invested in this.” 


Outplacement Participant

I am convinced that if it were not for the Career Transition course run by Derek, as well as his deep understanding of human nature, I would not be in the position that I am in today. I can thoroughly recommend both the course, and Derek as a person to anyone that finds him or herself in a situation similar to mine.” 


Outplacement Participant

Derek is one of the most professional and empathetic people I have ever had the pleasure and privilege to encounter.  The program enabled me to retain my confidence in myself and assisted me to find employment in a position that was better than the one I had before. I can without reservation recommend DMA to anyone in a similar situation.”