The shopping experience has changed completely and businesses that do not meet the new needs and preferences of the consumer will not survive. Scale or differentiation, however, continue to determine value and today’s leaders need to be skilled in creating clarity of strategic direction against a backdrop of unprecedented data supply, ever-changing routes to market, digital optimisation and fundamental customer desire to experience something different.
PartnerMaria Hendersoncrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0282London
Maria leads the Consumer Practice. She has extensive experience advising international clients in all sub-sectors with a particular depth in the fashion and luxury goods sector and in helping rapidly growing founder-led businesses and transitions of ownership. Maria was previously a Partner at The MBS Group where she created and led the Private Equity Practice. Before that she was at Korn Ferry/Whitehead Mann and Skillcapital. Maria read Latin American Literature & Politics at University College London.
Senior ConsultantNick Gribboncrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0252London
Nick leads the Leisure and Travel Practice and is a member of the Consumer and Financial Officers practices. He has extensive experience across CPG, food and beverages, and the restaurant sector in particular. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nick worked at Russell Reynolds Associates with a focus on the consumer products sector across Europe. He began his search career at Heidrick & Struggles, initially based in London before transferring to the firm’s Mexico City office. He read Modern Languages at Bristol University.
ConsultantAnna Lewiscrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0279London
Anna is a member of the Consumer Practice with a particular focus on the leisure, health, wellness and beauty sectors. Anna also leads our work within Corporate Development and Strategy. She read Geography at St Andrews University.
ConsultantCharlie Parkercrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0299London
Charlie leads the Retail and Digital Practices and is a member of the Consumer Practice and the Technology, Media and Communications Practice. She has particular expertise at all levels within the retail sector, including senior board appointments, marketing, buying and merchandising and multi-channel. She also specialises in advising retail and consumer facing clients on e.commerce and Digital strategies and growth. Prior to joining Blackwood, Charlie worked at JCA Group focusing on board level appointments. She read Ancient History at Bristol University.