The MPS story


A young American, Thomas GrosJean (May 27, 1943–Aug 8, 2006), arrives in Finland and decides to stay in Finland and build his future there.


Thomas GrosJean meets Marcus Herold. They hit it off well right from the start.


The young business partners set up a company together, MPS (Management Personnel Services), and launch a brand new consultancy service on the Finnish market – human resources assessment. From the very start the goal was to extend business activities internationally.


From HR assessment to more comprehensive recruitment partnering: the first four-column recruitment ad was published in Helsingin Sanomat.


MPS expands in Finland and international operations start up. Branch offices open in Tampere and Copenhagen.


Growth prospects continue to be bright. MPS starts operations in Sweden opening a branch office in Stockholm. At the same time MPS opens a new office inTurku, Finland.

Executive Search (direct search, headhunting) complements the range of recruitment services.


The Oulu branch office opens.


MPS makes an opening in Asia. Operations start with the opening of the Tokyo office.


The sights are set onCentral Europe. In Germany they find a partner with high quality operations, von Rundstedt & Partner GmbH, whose branch network covers all of Germany.

MPS is the first company in Finland to offer outplacement services.


The range of services expands into the areas of leadership, management team work and organisational development.


The operations in the Baltics begin.


The Tallinn office opens.


MPS Latvija/Komin Ltd and MPS Polska are founded.


Operations in Asia expand. Branch offices open in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia and Bangkok,Thailand.

Coaching becomes an integral part of MPS’s operating policy.


MPS lands in China and the opening of the new branch is celebrated in Shanghai.


MPS Italia Executive Search is founded.

The range of services expands through the acquisition of BoardCompetence Oy into board work assessment and development, board member development and board member search.


Russian operations are reinforced by setting up a subsidiary in Moscow, OOO MPS Executive Search Russia.


MPS acquires UAB Fontes Vilnius, specialising in executive searches, HR assessment and consultancy, to establish a strong foothold for its Baltic operations.


MPS founds the international EXS Intenational network together with the Italian company, GI Group, and the German firm von Rundstedt und Partner. The network enables the provision of high-quality senior executive searches in 20 countries.


MPS Vaasa office opens.

MPS acquires Prewise Oy, specializing in leadership development and competence development by offering solutions in digital learning and change management.

MPS becomes a member of the Career Star Group network which consists of strong outplacement and career management area
players from all over the world. The network enables high-quality outplacement and career services in 73 countries.


MPS establishes MPS Lifeworks Oy, a consumer-oriented career service and online store for managing one's own career.

MPS becomes a proud member of Panorama Search, a partnership of leading Executive Search firms that combines local and global capability.

AESC Accepts MPS Enterprises into its Global Membership of Leading Executive Search and Leadership Advisory Firms.