WHO WE ARE

Our executive search consultants are experts who have worked in the US and/or Europe in the industries which they now serve – fashion, luxury, beauty, and home décor. They bring in-depth knowledge of industry trends and the market as well as a passion for finding “best in class” candidates.

Maxine Martens
Founder & CEO

Maxine brings her passion for people, partnerships and results to each of her clients. She appreciates the essence of brands, organizations and individuals and brings these forces together to create alchemy. 

 

Maxine’s international career took off when she moved to London as Arden’s Area Director of Europe and then became the company’s International Marketing Director. During her time overseas, she lived in Rome, Cairo and Paris. After 11 years abroad, Maxine returned to the United States and became President of a direct response company. 

 

She has held or managed many of the positions for which she now recruits. Maxine divides her time between the US and Europe working with clients and candidates. Her frequent travel has helped her develop a unique point of view and in-depth knowledge of the talent base and competitive landscape in the fashion, retail, cosmetics and luxury industries.

Tim Silver-Bonito
Vice President

Tim has recruited brand-transforming senior talent globally in the areas of retail, marketing, design, and merchandising. His 20 years of expertise in HR, organizational development, and recruitment enables Tim to partner with clients in building and enhancing their corporate structure, maximizing efficiencies, while providing bespoke consulting services in the areas of global total compensation, re-organization, HR services, and learning and development, supporting clients in their long-term people strategy. 

Tim understands the international marketplace and the nuances of working with global brands, especially those at the inflection point of entering the US. During his tenure as Head of HR North America, Tim doubled the size of the U.S. subsidiary of Milan-based YOOX Group. In this role, Tim built strong relationships with major stakeholders in Italy, China, Japan and the UK, giving him the unique understanding of how to service international clients.

Mary Gallagher
European Consultant

An American based in Paris, Mary Gallagher has been working in the European fashion industry for twenty-five years. Mary joined Martens & Heads at its launch in 2004 and worked with the company until 2008. After an 18-month hiatus spent in Boston, Massachusetts, Mary rejoined Martens and Heads in January 2010.

Mary brings a unique perspective on search and the fashion industry, garnered from her years as an industry insider. Prior to Martens and Heads, Mary was the Buying Consultant for the prestigious fashion store, Harvey Nichols. Her success in introducing some of the world's new creative international talent and top-tier brands in ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and beauty contributed to Harvey Nichols’ authority as a fashion mecca.

Mary returned to fashion journalism and London in the early nineties as Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor of Marie Claire UK. Mary continues her journalistic contributions as a freelance writer.

Colleen Schilling
Search Director

Colleen joined Martens & Heads in 2018, bringing with her over 5 years of corporate Human Resources experience. Her expertise in Human Resources has been integral to the support of retailers big and small, domestic and international. She understands the importance of client partnerships, candidate experience, and business acumen, providing all a positive experience.


Her background in Human Resources allows her to see the “big picture” for each client’s organization and each open position. She understands the importance of company culture and identifying top talent that will thrive in the given environment. Colleen applies a high-touch approach with her clients and candidates ensuring the best possible outcome for her recruiting projects. She is passionate about communication and assessment and leverages her corporate experience to solidify strong working relationships.

Federica De Jaco
European Associate

Federica is a passionate Executive Recruiter who works with domestic and international clients in the luxury, Fashion, Retail, Advertising and Consumer goods sectors. Prior to Martens & Heads she was the Founder and Managing Director of Adhoc Search where she led and managed all the assignments. Federica has a proven track record of leading senior level talent searches for small, medium and large companies. Quality, Passion, Care is her motto.

Prior to entering the executive search, Federica was the E-business Director for Parmalat USA where she oversaw all on-line marketing and developed new business, strategic partnerships and b2b solutions. Previously, Federica worked in Brussels, Paris and New York as a strategic consultant for Accenture working on Marketing and E-Commerce solutions for big enterprises in the luxury, consumer and financial sectors.

Federica graduated from the Universita‘ degli Studi di Parma with a Juris Doctorate (Law degree) in international law. She is fluent in Italian (mother tongue), English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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