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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Banksy’s Marketing Masterclass: Lessons from his Shredding Stunt

In case you missed it (which I doubt) a few weeks ago Banksy triggered one of his paintings to self-destruct, after it had just sold for more than £1 million.

And what happened? It doubled in value and immediately became the most in demand piece of conceptual art on the market.

So, what can we learn from Banksy’s shredding stunt?

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How Do You Hit a Career “Winning Streak”?

Firstly, hello from me at HVO Search – it’s been a while and it’s good to be back from maternity leave!

Secondly, while I’ve been away the rest of the team have been busy working behind the scenes on all sorts of exciting projects I can’t wait to tell you about - but more on that another time.

Here we examine the career “winning streak”. What it is and how you can increase your chances of a winning run of success.

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  • 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.

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

    Peter Skelton Commercial Director - Quiksilver, Europe
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