Justin King, chief executive, Sainsbury's
I have known The MBS Group for many years. Before I joined Sainsbury’s they would approach me regularly about interesting job opportunities. Over the last eight years or so The MBS Group has been an excellent partner, working with us to Make Sainsbury's Great Again.
Kathryn Jackson-Day, HR director, Bacardi Global Brands
The MBS Group has demonstrated a keen ability to understand the nuances of Bacardi Global Brands. Their team has been able to inject best-in-class marketing talent into the business, introducing candidates who not only fit our fast-developing culture but who also have the potential to become our future senior leaders. They are confident in their own judgement and are able to challenge our thinking where necessary, making it a true partnership.
Jamie Oliver, chairman, Jamie Oliver Enterprises
The search was very quick and an extremely easy process. The MBS Group provided incredible applicants and over-delivered both on the level of candidates they attracted and the skills and experience they could bring to my organisation. They found candidates with a strong cultural fit to our business and, as someone with no experience of hiring CEOs, I found they provided a neutral and unbiased view during the search and held my hand to ensure that I made the best decisions at every point of the process.
Tom Allchurch, Chief Executive, Bigham's
MBS have done an outstanding job for Bigham's, helping to recruit both me(!) and Allan Leighton as a Non-Exec. Seriously, working with Mike Roberts, and with Moira, is an absolute pleasure. They have a really good feel for the needs of both our unique culture and our organisational development, and they were able to quickly identify and attract an exceptional group of candidates to come and meet us.
David Suddens, Managing Director, Airwair Ltd
We recently worked with The MBS Group on two simultaneous searches - Creative Director and Marketing Director for Dr Martens. Not only did MBS very quickly provide a list of excellent candidates for both roles but they also advised us on the fit between the two candidates and how they would integrate into the Dr Martens culture. Overall the search was efficient and fun and the end result exactly what we wanted. MBS really understand the consumer market and they are a pleasure to work with.
Nick Evans, Founding Partner, Active Private Equity LLP
I used The MBS Group to lead the search for the CEO and subsequently the CFO for one of our portfolio companies. We were looking for outstanding candidates, with relevant experience, who would hit the ground running in a fast-growing, private equity-backed environment. MBS understood the brief well and made the effort to understand the culture of the business. They leveraged their sector knowledge and network to good effect. In both cases we were very happy with the outcome – MBS delivered on both searches, acting with urgency, integrity and commitment at all times.
Misty Reich, VP of Human Resources, KFC UK and Ireland
The term ‘search partner’ is often used loosely but I have found true partnership working with The MBS Group. Our bar for calibre is exceptionally high, some have said impossible, but in each search MBS fully embrace our requirements and share our passion and enthusiasm for landing big leaders - they genuinely understand what great looks like in our business. Beyond search, MBS have been a significant resource for connecting me and others in our business to bright and engaging peers, and for keeping us sharp on what is happening in our industry and beyond. Put simply, they bring leaders to our business and help us to grow as leaders. MBS are incredibly authentic, passionate and, frankly, exceptional partners to our business.
Chris Davies, CEO, HSS Hire Services Group
I first met Moira and The MBS Group team as a candidate. That did not lead to a job but it did lead to a real respect for the professionalism and approach they take. Over the years I have been a returning client and have always been heartened by the pragmatic and sensible approach. The MBS Group gets what you want - not what they want, a quality that is sometimes lacking in this field. Whether candidate or client you are equally valued and in my experience that leads to a good outcome for all parties.
Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, CEO, Chloé and Non-Executive Director, Liberty
Moira is the most perceptive executive search consultant in the consumer sector that I’ve ever worked with. She and her team have been the most unbelievable partners in enabling me to bring world-class executives in to deliver the strategy for Liberty. They really understand the industry and our business, and the team they have helped me to build is both diverse and high-performing.
Lulu Guinness, founder, Lulu Guinness
The thing about Moira Benigson is that she just 'gets it': she understood our market, she understood our business and, most importantly, she understood the kind of chief executive that could best drive our brand going forward. Needless to say, the recruitment process is always full of surprises - some good and some bad - yet Moira and her team - with their creativity, contacts and experience were always there to support, advise and guide us. I would recommend MBS wholeheartedly; in fact I wouldn't recommend anyone else
Karen Caddick, group HR director, Punch Taverns
The MBS Group has provided exceptional support in filling a number of leadership roles at Punch Taverns. Their ability to understand what differentiates our business, combined with their creativity and challenge about the profile required to step change performance, has led to some outstanding appointments. Their network is the best I've seen and the personal support provided by Jon Midmer is consistently fantastic.
Glenda Dusome, Corporate Recruitment Director, Six Senses
The COO role was a very important appointment for Six Senses and we knew that we wanted to bring in someone extraordinary. We were recommended to use The MBS Group for this search because of their knowledge of the luxury industry and I followed my instinct. We worked together in partnership to create a seamless process. I found that the MBS Group fully understood our brief and culture fit; they wanted us to meet the very best candidates for the role and that is why we were successful.