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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Intelligence & Thought Leadership

  • The High Street is Dead: Long Live the High Street

    The best discussions are often also the most contentious! When something matters people are passionate, and so it was at MBS’s latest event, held in partnership with Livingbridge on the future of the high street. It’s no surprise that when you bring together some of the most successful and visionary executives from the worlds of … Continue reading The High Street is Dead: Long Live the High Street


  • Private equity talent: where are the next generation of chairs coming from?

    When I started out advising PE funds on hiring chairs for their consumer portfolio businesses, the formula was relatively straightforward. The fund would look to install a chair with deep experience from the same sector, with prior private equity experience, preferably as a CEO, and would rarely look outside of these parameters. With these bases … Continue reading Private equity talent: where are the next generation of chairs coming from?