Simple. Bespoke. Executive Search.

Based in the heart of London, HVO Search is the provider of bespoke executive search and intelligence services to global clients within digital, retail, consumer and technology industries.

We advise our clients on recruiting exceptional leaders as well as help build the senior management teams across all functions.

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We Cannot Succeed When Half of Us Are Held Back

Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and honour the achievements of women, past and present, I wanted to share a new discovery with you. 

A podcast called Startup Pregnant.

In a world where leaders and start-up founders are predominantly male, topics such as motherhood and even more so pregnancy are extremely rare, especially about how they fit in with the world of work.

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Find Your True North of Generativity

When the “True North” of your purpose doesn’t just lead back to you, you are grounding your self-worth in creating a better world for others. It is what psychologist Erik Erikson called “generativity.” Simply put, it means giving to the next generation.

As society becomes ever more insular and virtual pleasures replace real-life hardships, it is understandable why most people are tempted to put themselves first.

However, with this self-obsession comes a serious mental health warning:

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Customer Service Will Transform Thanks to Amazon Go

Grab-and-go shopping was unveiled in the first Amazon Go store in Seattle in January. Staffed checkouts were relegated to the retail dustbin, but somehow it seemed that there weren’t many store staff around either. In a tiny store with only a few hundred SKUs, it isn’t so hard to keep up the required merchandising standards, but how will this concept work in a bigger store?

Will the staff move from the checkouts to the aisles? How will this change the feel of the shopping experience? Most importantly, what is the benefit for the customer?

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

    Peter Skelton Commercial Director - Quiksilver, Europe
  • Maria understands our business objectives, the brand, culture and whilst being incredibly professional really gets what makes people and teams 'click'. 

    John Harman Managing Director, Calvin Klein, Italy
  • Every search firm has a "global network", "a talent pool". Nothing really new here. But what I really do love about my job, and what I try to put at the core of any search, is understanding what the client wants to achieve, how he/she wants to grow and what the candidate must really bring.

  • What I love, after all the exhaustive work of searching for that special candidate and finally placing them, is to see them flourish and really come into their own within our clients’ organizations.

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

    Fabrizio Napolitano Partner - Deloitte
  • Working with Maria has been a pleasure – not only does she get the job done with efficiency, professionalism and business acumen but she also executes with sensitivity and respect.

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

    Stephen Le Bot HR Director Europe - Quiksilver, Europe
  • [Maria] has been indispensable in bringing exceptional talent who today are making our business successful. And she is fun to work with.

    Nicolas Foulet General Manager, Digital & Entertainment - Quiksilver, Europe
  • 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.

    Cedric Wilmotte SVP - Michael Kors, Europe
  • In a business where you are only as good as your last placement, where real candidates are as scarce as real opportunities, I wanted HVO Search to stand out. To be relevant to the industries it serves. And I strongly believe this can only be achieved by remaining bespoke and by focusing on what really matters to our selected clients.

    Maria Hvorostovsky Director - HVO Search
  • Maria has helped us recruit the corner stone of our UK operation in an amazing short period of time.

    Really plug and play!

    Gustavo GarcĂ­a Brusilovsky Co-Founder & CEO, Klikin (former CEO & co-Founder, BuyVIP)
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