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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  • Boutique and Bespoke: the present and future of the wellness industry?

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  • Building a Beauty Empire: The Estée Lauder story

    If you could picture Estée Lauder herself looking down at her eponymous company from above, you’d have to imagine that she would be pleased by the view. After all, the self-proclaimed ‘Kennedy of the beauty world’ came from humble beginnings, building her beauty empire over the family stove in Queens, New York City. In the decades since then, the … Continue reading Building a Beauty Empire: The Estée Lauder story