Testimonials

Mission Bay provides a bespoke service. We are proud that over 70% of our work comes from repeat clients, and the rest from referrals based on the experience of our clients and candidates in working with us.

Mission Bay have completed two successful searches for me. Each time they have been very diligent in establishing precisely the type of candidate we wanted to see, doing very thorough screening and providing us with a strong shortlist.
I think their attention to detail and instinctive understanding of a brief are amongst the best I’ve seen.
Nigel Pocklington
Chief Commercial Officer
MoneySuperMarket
What has struck me about Mission Bay is their ability to think more broadly than other firms I’ve worked with.
They’ll cover the necessary bases, but then push my thinking and suggest candidates who’d never occur to other firms. Over time, this has led to a new cadre of talent for our new kind of business challenges. This isn’t lateralism for its own sake; it’s a razor-sharp focus on the client’s ambitions, but delivered with greater innovation – and inspiration. I’ve also been impressed by their focus on behaviours and attitude, the chemistry of their recommendations, rather than a single-minded assessment of skill sets.
Sanjay Nazerali
Chief Strategy Officer
Dentsu Ageis
Mission Bay did an exceptional job on our latest recruitment search.
They really took time to understand the brief and were thorough, imaginative and tenacious in putting together a really inspirational shortlist. I had confidence in the process from start to end and I’m absolutely delighted with the end result. I’ll be back.
Nick Betts
Director of Scripted
BBC Studios
I have worked with Mission Bay since it opened its doors and it is simply one of the best search companies that I work with.
They are attentive to their client needs as well as their candidates. The quality of communication and engagement is truly impressive and Joanna and team are formidable. Every engagement has delivered a star candidate.
Caroline Ross
Chief People Officer
MoneySuperMarket.com
John was hugely instrumental in our recent executive search.
His familiarity with the culture here and his extensive connections in the media world, ensured a great level of candidates for us to choose from. Throughout the process the professionalism and real engagement shown by John, Joanna and the Mission Bay team was exemplary. We have very much enjoyed working with them.
Sue Bruce-Smith
Head of Commercial and Brand Strategy
Film 4
The Mission Bay team provided an excellent service on our recent executive search.
They took time up front to understand the candidate brief, why we were hiring and the company culture – and were proactive, engaged and supportive throughout the search process. They did a brilliant job finding high quality candidates from across the industry and importantly also handled all the candidates they approached with professionalism and courtesy. I look forward to working with them again.
Jonathan Thompson
Chief Executive
Digital UK
I am happy to have Joanna represent FremantleMedia on all of our searches as I know that she will be an excellent ambassador for our company and will leave all the candidates feeling positive about the experience.
She is fantastic at identifying extremely talented people who will fit into our organisation. I often seek her advice and guidance and she is always extremely supportive and knowledgeable.
Nicky Gray
Group HR Director
FremantleMedia
Joanna is the first person I go to for difficult to fill roles because I know that I will get a focused and intelligent response. She not only understands our business but also our culture and that has meant a 100% success rate.
Maria Kyriacou
Managing Director, Global Entertainment
ITV Studios
We work with Joanna because she really understands our business, she’s very well connected across candidates all over the world and she is the most thorough and professional of partners.
She works as hard as we do and she’s a very valuable resource as we grow internationally.
Jens Richter
CEO, International
FremantleMedia
I’ve really enjoyed working with Joanna. Based on a deep understanding of the media industry her recommendations and ideas are always thoughtful and creative.
Nicolas Eglau
Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Benelux, Nordics and CEEMEA
A+E Networks UK
John and the Mission Bay Team are incredible on every level: from really understanding the brief, to handling the process and – most importantly - finding the absolutely perfect candidate.
Given the nature of what we do at Comic Relief very few roles are ‘drag and drop’ and they really went the extra mile to understand the complex range of skills and attributes that we would need to make a successful recruitment, as well as thinking really imaginatively and laterally about where we should focus our search. All in all Mission Bay made what could have been a very lengthy and daunting task really smooth and highly enjoyable. We are delighted with Mission Bay and the results of our work with them.
Charlotte Ashton
Creative Director
Comic Relief
Having worked with Joanna previously it was therefore very natural for me to call in Mission Bay when we were struggling with a challenging search.
The team got to grips with the brief right away, then proceeded to do an incredibly thorough worldwide mapping exercise resulting in a strong candidate short list. This then made the final selection pretty straight forward and I am delighted with our chosen candidate. Throughout this process Joanna and Mission Bay handled every curve ball and candidate with great professionalism and dedication to the task and as a result I would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.
Lee Raftery
Chief Marketing Officer
NBCUniversal International
Really effective search is based on a thorough understanding of the client, its needs and the market.
Over the last five or six years Joanna has successfully identified and placed a number of senior people with us who have contributed to our organisation’s growth. We value her input and the terms bespoke and full service are wholly appropriate.
Stuart Baxter
President, Television International
Entertainment One
Joanna and her team did a very thorough job during the market mapping exercises we had them conduct during the past 12 months. They really know media and their insights were critically important in helping us identify suitable candidates for key roles in our organization.
Ross Pollack
Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer
Lionsgate
I have had the pleasure to work with Joanna and Mission Bay on a number of search assignments for senior roles for Egmont. These have been for very different functional roles, but the diversity of the discipline has never been an issue. On all occasions Joanna has steered the process professionally, and from my point of view, effortlessly. And the results, excellent!
Rob McMenemy
Ex-CEO, International
Egmont Publishing
The most impressive aspect of working with Joanna is that she listens. I mean really listens. And it shows in the quality and relevance of the candidates put forward. We had a short list of four for a senior role and we would have been happy to appoint any of them.
Paul McHale
President
CQ Roll Call
Joanna and her team were terrific during our recent search.
They managed the process well, communicated effectively and were excellent partners throughout the search. Most importantly, they identified a great candidate that matched our needs. Well done.
Steve Palm
President & CEO
NewBay Media LLC
I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Joanna Reesby for many years in her various roles at Hasbro, 19 Management and then as a brilliant media search executive.
I cannot think of anyone better to turn to when looking for a high level executive in our industry. Her advice is invaluable, her insight and problem solving is exceptional and to top it all she is an extremely nice person.
Helen McAleer
Managing Director
Walker Production
I cannot think of anyone better to undertake an executive search in the entertainment and media sector.
Joanna's personal experience in the business, her unparalleled contact book, her meticulous MO, and the universal respect in which she is held make her service offering unbeatable.
Richard Bridgwood
(Managing Director, UK)
(formerly Entertainment One UK)
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