Maria Gabriela Henderson

Maria is a Partner at The MBS Group, joining to establish our dedicated Private Equity practice. She leads the company’s cross-sector efforts for PE-backed businesses, managing board-level and senior functional assignments across retail, leisure and consumer products.

Maria also leads the Fashion & Luxury practice at MBS, working on an international basis at board-level and strategically important functional leadership roles within growing or niche brands as well as more established groups. Her unique experience in search and her network in the investment community has also led her to advise rapidly growing founder-led organisations going through significant change and transitions of ownership.

Maria joined from Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann, and was previously a consultant at Skillcapital, where she specialised in building management teams for portfolio companies across Europe with a focus on consumer assets.

Maria read Latin American Literature and Politics at University College London, graduating with a first-class degree. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.

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Maria Gabriela's Expertise

Intelligence & Thought Leadership

  • Trust in data and local expertise in our brave new world of international growth

    It has been interesting to watch the response of businesses to the Brexit vote since the EU referendum took place last year. In some ways very little has changed, as businesses have carried on doing what they do best amid all the uncertainty – innovating, expanding and serving their customers. Ambitious, fast-growing brands will often … Continue reading Trust in data and local expertise in our brave new world of international growth


  • From challenger brands to M&A activity, the cosmetics industry is booming

    Beauty is everywhere. This week we got the long-awaited news that British makeup artist Pat McGrath will launch a permanent collection of her coveted Pat McGrath Labs brand from next month. Pat, who has been putting out limited edition product runs for the last two years, will sell the highly-anticipated new collection primarily on her … Continue reading From challenger brands to M&A activity, the cosmetics industry is booming