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Track Record

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“Maria has a professional work ethic and is very focused on delivering results within all the parameters set to find the ideal candidate. If you need help headhunting, Maria is without question the person to turn to.”

Mark Eve 

Co-Founder of 3INA

Placements Include: 
  • CEO, Luxury Brand, UK

  • CMO, Sports Lifestyle Brand, France

  • CCO (mapping), Beauty Brand, UK

  • Director of Ecommerce, Fashion Brand, The Netherlands 

  • Talent Acquisition Director, Luxury Brand, UK

  • Director, BPO Outsourcing, Consulting Firm, Switzerland

  • Marketing Director, Cosmetics Brand, Spain

  • Director of Franchising, Fashion Brand, France

  • Design Director, Lifestyle Brand, France

  • Country Manager, Cosmetics Brand, UK

  • Head of Operations, Retailer, UK

  • Head of Production, Creative Agency, UK 

  • Head of Marketing & Development, Homewares, UK

  • Head of Ecommerce, Luxury Brand, UK

  • Social Media Manager, Cosmetics Brand, Spain


Thomas Bucaille

 Former HR Director at Ralph Lauren

HVO Search know how to cut through the noise and provide you with just the right people. They are smart, always listening and they care. 

I first met Maria and the HVO Search team when I was invited to be a speaker at their breakfast 'Fashion Tech meets the Investors'. It's impressive to see the calibre of their network. They really focus on adding value to their clients and industry.

We then had the pleasure to work together on a Recruitment Director project for Ralph Lauren. I was particularly impressed with how they managed to find a great candidate in an area where we thought we knew everyone already. 

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Ros Marshal

Former Head of HR at Luxottica

It’s has been a great pleasure to work with Maria & Felipe at HVO Search, from the start they took time to understand the brief and the organisation’s needs.


I have found the communication to be open and honest and when needed the right level of challenge and or alternative solutions offered.

Overall HVO Search are committed to finding the best candidates for the role, are able to flex and change approach quickly and efficiently.


I look forward to partnering with them again.

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Nicolas Foulet

 President, EMEA, Boardriders (Quiksilver)

HVO Search have been indispensable in bringing exceptional talent who today are making our business successful. And they are fun to work with.

HVO Search has played a key role in growing our digital team. Their existing network is fantastic and they are unafraid of searching in more ‘unusual’ places.

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Cedric Wilmotte

President EMEA at Michael Kors

HVO Search has done an outstanding job for Michael Kors, helping us to build a part of our international team with highly talented people.

[Maria's] honesty, integrity and commitment to service make her an absolute pleasure to work with.

There are no egos in our business, but our bar for calibre and performance is exceptionally high.

Maria has beaten our expectations, effectively leveraging her sector knowledge and global network to deliver excellent results.

I look forward to partnering together with HVO Search on senior hires in the future.


Florence Vignacourt

 Regional HR Business Partner at Quiksilver

It's always a pleasure to work with Maria and the team at HVO Search!


They know our people and corporate culture exceptionally well, as we have worked together for many years.


They always find the best candidates.


John Harman

 Former Managing Director at CK, Italy

Maria understands our business objectives, the brand, culture and whilst being incredibly professional really gets what makes people and teams 'click'.


I have known Maria for many years. She first approached me for a Country Manager role in Italy and subsequently with several other interesting global opportunities.

When I joined Calvin Klein Italy following the acquisition by PVH we urgently needed to find a business intelligence professional. The time was tight as we were approaching Christmas. With incredible speed Maria introduced to us a fantastic candidate who surpassed our expectations and is now part of our new team.

We will continue to work together in the coming years.

What Our Clients Say


Simon Whitehouse

Former CEO at JW Anderson

Working with HVO Search has been a pleasure – not only do they get the job done with efficiency, professionalism and business acumen but they also execute with sensitivity and respect.


Nick Moore

MD at Rose Uniacke

HVO Search have been great. We were starting a search for Head of Marketing & Development to grow the Rose Uniacke business, which was a very tough brief. HVO Search delivered not only exceptional candidates but also ones that a match with our culture.


What I value most is their ability to listen, understand our needs, and then do their magic to find the best people.


It is a pleasure to recommend them. 


Peter Skelton

Licensing Director at Custo Barcelona

[Maria’s] understanding goes beyond assessing skills and experience, she has a great feel for talent.

When we started our first project together, we had not worked together before. There is always a concern that some things will be missing in translation.


We should not have worried, as Maria quickly understood what our needs were and presented candidates not only of a very high calibre, but also those who fit our culture.

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Stephen Le Bot

 Former HR Director Europe at Quiksilver

With her no-nonsense approach, ability to unearth the best talent, and ensure they truly fit the business, I would highly recommend Maria.

My first contact with Maria was when she approached me for a European HR Director role. I did not consider the offer but was impressed by her ability to listen and to really ‘understand’ people and company cultures.

Naturally, when the time came for our business to launch a search, my first thought was to contact Maria. The search was a success. Maria is professional, fast and communicates throughout, always being honest about the progress of the search.

She builds deep relationships, which shows in how she follows up with the candidates during and importantly after they integrate with the company. Maria has shown her efficiency to run an international search. For this reason we worked together on several other projects.


Gustavo Garcia Brusilovsky

Co-Founder & CEO, Klikin

(former CEO & co-Founder, BuyVIP)

HVO Search have helped us recruit the cornerstone of our UK operation in an amazing short period of time.

Really plug and play!

I was surprised that they could find such a perfect match in just few weeks.

This has helped us dramatically to launch the operation and get up to speed very fast.


Fabrizio Napolitano

Equity Partner at Deloitte Switzerland

HVO Search is excellent at rapidly working through business requirements and, more importantly, at providing creative ideas on how to source them.

I began working with HVO Search on a set of discrete searches for some of our more specialised businesses.

From inception they were quickly able to provide us with a wide search sample, beyond the market we normally looked at. HVO Search was able to identify excellent candidates across Europe that not only met our profile requirements but also added interesting cultural and language flavours.

Since then we have moved to retainer-based, highly targeted searches for senior profiles and have recently completed a complex team transaction.

Additionally, HVO Search understood and adapted their way of working with our internal processes. This helped us immensely in speeding up the interview to offer acceptance process.

We will most definitely continue working with HVO Search for the foreseeable future.

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