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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  • Sustainable fashion, why now?

    2018’s edition of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on the 15th and 16th May capped off an extraordinary year for the movement to make fashion sustainable. As Vogue proclaimed, 2017 ‘was the year that sustainable fashion got sexy’. Brands renounced the use of fur and started a genuine conversation about sustainability with their customers. It’s well … Continue reading Sustainable fashion, why now?


  • The business case for investing in ethical companies

    ‘Ethical’, while not a dirty word in business, certainly has some way to go to rehabilitate its reputation in the corporate community. Though CSR initiatives and departments have multiplied in recent years, the fact remains that in many cases these are branding initiatives and reactions to shareholder demands more than they are genuine statements of … Continue reading The business case for investing in ethical companies