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Going against the tide: Building a luxury brand in a shifting market

A discussion breakfast with Bonnie Takhar, Chief Commercial & Merchandising Officer, Charlotte Olympia
01 May 2012 | The Landmark Hotel, London

Posted: 01 May 2012

Although it was a very wet and gloomy Tuesday morning, our spirits were lifted by listening to Bonnie Takhar, who has recently returned from New York to London as Chief Commercial & Merchandising Officer of footwear brand Charlotte Olympia. The MBS Group was thrilled to host a breakfast with such an inspirational leader in the fashion industry. Having undertaken a variety of projects with labels such as Earl Jeans, Jimmy Choo and Halston, it was a privilege to hear Bonnie’s experiences of building luxury brands in different markets.
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Almost is not good enough

A breakfast session with Andrew Jennings, CEO of Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH
18 November 2011 | The Landmark Hotel, London

Posted: 18 November 2011

With a highly successful career spanning leadership roles at Woolworths South Africa, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Holt Renfrew in Canada, and Harrods and House of Fraser in the UK, Andrew Jennings has a hard-earned reputation as a leader in the international retail industry. Earlier this year, he took charge of Karstadt, Germany’s leading department store, in what many consider one of the biggest turnaround challenges in European retailing.
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Turning Vision into Profit

A breakfast with John Jackson, CEO of Jamie Oliver Enterprises
21 September 2011 | London

Posted: 21 September 2011

With a career spanning over 30 years as the right-hand man of Richard Branson, Anita Roddick and Jamie Oliver, John Jackson knows how to work with highly inspirational leaders. As his impressive track-record demonstrates, he also knows how to harness their creativity for business success.
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Thriving Through Change - The Rise of Alexander McQueen

A discussion breakfast with Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO
22 July 2011 | Covent Garden Hotel,London

Posted: 22 July 2011

In the last two years, the McQueen brand has been in the headlines of the world’s media for hugely contrasting reasons: from untimely death of Lee Alexander McQueen in February 2010 and doubts as to whether the brand would be able to continue, to April this year, when the world was left in no doubt of the creative potential of McQueen when it was revealed that Kate Middleton had chosen the label to create her wedding dress for her marriage to Prince William.
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Felicity Green on Women and Media

22 July 2011 | Charlotte Street Hotel

Posted: 22 July 2011

Felicity Green is widely regarded as a pioneer and an inspirational leader for generations of women in the UK. The first woman ever to take a senior editor role in Fleet Street back in the sixties, Felicity changed the face of fashion journalism in her role at the Daily Mirror.
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Experience by design: how to build customer experience excellence into your business

Experience by design
07 July 2011 | London

Posted: 07 July 2011

A discussion breakfast with Clive Grinyer, Head of Customer Experience at Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group
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Passion, Purpose and People: Building a Business Through Authentic Leadership

14 January 2011 | Glasgow

Posted: 14 January 2011

Many of the current issues in business and in the wider world have underscored the need for a different kind of leader for the 21st century. The notion of authentic leadership i.e. being your own person, knowing your purpose, and acting in a consistent and courageous way, as the only way to achieve successful business results over a sustained period of time is rapidly gaining ground.
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What Makes a Brand Timeless

29 November 2010 | London

Posted: 29 November 2010

Many of the best-known luxury brands are associated with craftsmanship, design and impeccable service – but just what is it that makes a brand timeless?
This was the question that we explored with Emily Zak, Executive Retail Editor of Vogue, and a number of business leaders from the world of luxury and fashion at an event at London’s Covent Garden Hotel.
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Cosmetics as a serious business

An evening with Ruth Harrison, Brand President of !QMSMedicosmetics
02 August 2010 | London

Posted: 02 August 2010

The business world is changing at an incredible pace and the place of women in it is constantly evolving. No matter which industry you operate in, the world of work is increasingly being shaped by a new generation of women who have careers rather than jobs and who are unafraid of success.
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Virtually Yours: Living Life Online

In conversation with Dennis Woodside, David Fischer, Nancy Cruickshank and Tom Savigar
24 April 2008 | The Soho Hotel, London

Posted: 24 April 2008

“By 2012, one of the criteria to land a job as a FTSE 100 CEO will be online experience”, says Moira Benigson with a twinkle in her eye, as she warns all the CEOs in the audience to get a move on before they are left behind. Since the advent of the Internet, the dotcom bubble has grown, burst and grown massively again. The aim of this evening’s discussion is to hear from four experts at the forefront of the digital/online industry about what has happened since the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, why things are different now and what the future holds. The panel comprises Dennis Woodside, European Managing Director, Google; Nancy Cruickshank, CEO, Hearst Digital; David Fischer, UK Managing Director, MySpace; and Tom Savigar, Trends Director of the Future Laboratory.
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Consumers: The Next Generation

In conversation with Keith Johnston, Mark Rogers, Al Gosling and Jeffrey Miller
24 April 2008 | The Fine Art Society, London

Posted: 24 April 2008

On one of the hottest evenings of the year, Moira Benigson Executive Search hosts its most critical debate to date. The newly renovated Fine Art Society is the venue for fifty business leaders to hear a panel of four individuals at the cutting edge of consumer trends discussing the future. Chaired by Moira Benigson, the panel comprises Mark Rogers, Head of Apple Northern Europe, Keith Johnston, CEO of GoinGreen, distributor of the emission-free, electric car, Al Gosling, CEO of Extreme Media Group and, from the USA, Jeffrey Miller, Coolhunter.
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Football, Fashion and Music - Where Will the Next Global Brand Come From?

In conversation with Colin Henry, Paul Morrison, Stephen Marks, David James, Simon Wright and Keith Edelman
24 April 2008 | Haunch of Venison, London

Posted: 24 April 2008

Haunch of Venison art gallery, surrounded by previously-unseen Andy Warhol drawings is an unusually contemporary and directional venue for a discussion with a group of six highly influential panelists including the England No. 1 and the MD of Arsenal. The audience is made up of high-powered movers and shakers at the 10th MBS Group event. The panelists from the world of music, fashion and football acknowledge the unconventional setting but are keen to talk, so it’s not long before they’re seriously discussing the issues concerning what makes a global brand. The lynchpin of the evening is the FCUK brand, because Stephen Marks has made a virtue of understanding what young people want. And so the discussion kicks off with a question directed at him: “Why does a fashion brand launch a radio station, FCUK-FM and have Robert Pires from Arsenal launch it?”
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Is Food the New Rock ‘n’ Roll?

In conversation with Tyler Brûlé, Jonathan Rutherfurd-Best, Andy Bond, Alan Yau, Roger Whiteside and Adam Balon
24 April 2008 | The Fine Art Society, London

Posted: 24 April 2008

At the end of November, Moira Benigson Executive Search hosts another of its trademark controversial panel debates. The Fine Art Society is populated by well-known faces from the food industry who have come to hear a panel of experts discuss the latest trends in food innovation in retail, restaurants and brands. The audience comprises representatives from businesses both established and up-and-coming, mass-market and super-premium.
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Conscience Consumerism - Shopping That's Good For The Soul

In conversation with Stephen Goldberg, Anita Borzyszkowska, Santiago Gowland and Laurel Powers-Freeling
23 April 2008 | The Soho Hotel, London

Posted: 23 April 2008

The fact that so many high-profile business people turn up to hear about what was once a subject on the periphery of the corporate agenda is testament to how mainstream corporate social responsibility has become. The aim of the discussion is to put CSR into context, to discuss its importance in today’s business environment, its implications for companies, and its impact on staff, investors and consumers. On the panel are representatives from global companies spanning finance, food, household goods and fashion.
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