with over 35 years of experience


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“Every 19.1 minutes, somewhere in the world, an MRI office is making a placement for one of our clients.”

MRI Manserv is a direct executive search company with over 35 years of expertise. We are passionate in finding your Key Person while presenting your company and your opportunity where it matters – in the field, by talking to the people in your sector or niche. 

In addition to finding the right person for you, saving your time is important for us. We are proud that we are decreasing the time our clients’ need to spend on recruitment. Our recruitment process developed over more than 50 years by MRI, combined with our knowledge of your sector, enables us to maximise the quality and efficiency of the search.


We see ourselves as Talent Managers and opportunity enablers and we are keen on sharing our recruitment expertise with you. This can range from application and interview tips to sector insights about job opportunities.

Our goal is to understand YOU: your experience, your career objectives and what type of positions you are open for. We can assist you in finding and evaluating career opportunities to enable you to achieve your ultimate career objectives.

In short: we help and support you during the complete process of finding a new job including how to best handle the resignation from your current employer and a potential counter offer.

Testimonials & Case studies

Candidate Reference:
Medical Devices

“It was a pleasure working with Alexander […] efficient communication […] helpful […] at each step.” 

Director, Health Economics and Reimbursement EMEA

Case Study Medical Devices:

Stryker Corp started to build up a new EMEA HQ in Montreux in 2000 and the following years. 

This is a case study with an overview of the placed positions, the feedback of Stryker and the value of MRI Manserv. The partnership had a duration of over 10 years.

Stryker incl. reference

Sylvie Arm

Director HR EMEA

Candidate Reference:
Analytical Instruments / Measurement Equipment

“[…] a very professional recruiter who is open, persistent and pleasant to work with.”

Thermo Fisher

Dirk Laeveren

Product Marketing Manager microCT, International

Case Study Analytical Instruments / Measurement Equipment:

Helmut Fischer is a medium sized company in the field of Measurement Equipment. Their leading in X-Ray solutions for thickness measurement solutions and are expanding in the field of Inline Automation solutions. 

This is a case study with an overview of the roles and a feedback of the Managing Director UK.

Helmut Fischer incl. reference

Darin Enefer

Managing Director Helmut Fischer UK

Client Reference IT/Cloud:

Megaport is a successfully growing company in the Cloud business. Their Software Defined Network (SDN) solution connects 528+ enabled data centres in 20+ countries.

MRI Manserv have recruited their Global VP and their Head of Account Mgmt. USA


Peter Hase

Chief Commercial Officer

Case Study Medical Devices:

LimaCorporate is a growing medium sized Orthopaedic company with HQ in Italy. 

This is a case study with an overview of the challenges, the placed positions, the feedback of LimaCorporate and the impact on the company’s recruitment brand.

LimaCorporate incl. reference

Federico Cartasegna

Global HR Manager


Case Study Energy Storage:

Exide Technologies is providing world class stored energy solutions for the Automotive and Industrial Sector.

This is a case study with an overview of the long term recruitment partnership of over 16 years between MRI Manserv and Exide.

Exide Technologies incl. reference

Michael Geiger

VP EMEA for Sales, Marketing & Application 

Candidate Reference:
Medical Devices

“[…] high level of professionalism, he is doing his job profoundly but nonetheless quick and I always welcomed his consultation”

ex Stryker

Thomas Benning

General Mgr. Implants DACH


Case Study Industrial (Entry Solutions):

AssaAbloy is a multi billion dollar company and global leader in the manufacture of entry solutions. Forbes consistently recognises them as one of the 100 most innovative companies worldwide.

This is a case study with the client’s feedback and the job functions MRI Manserv has filled.

AssaAbloy incl. reference

Kerstin Weinhardt

Director Human Resources

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Recommendation by Zenichi Ihara (Director, Health Economics and Reimbursement EMEA at Abbott):

“It was a pleasure working with Alexander in the recruitment process. He kept correct and efficient communication throughout the process, and I found it particularly helpful that he was representing the benefits on my behalf accurately, and he advised me on the important topics at each step.”

StrykerCorporation created a new EMEA Headquarter in Montreux, Switzerland. MRI Manserv was chosen as a major partner to identify various specialists required for this regional head office. MRI Manserv was chosen because of its proven ability to perform pan European search for med-tech specialists and to identify those specialists who were willing and able to relocate, if necessary, to Switzerland. MRI Manserv recruited specialists in marketing, clinical, legal, training & education and HR at different levels from Switzerland and various European countries. Through this successful partnership MRI Manserv completed various additional local assignments within different European countries identifying local specialists for Stryker.

Recommendation by Sylvie Arm (Director, Human Resources & OD, EMEA at Stryker):

“Stryker EMEA reorganized a major department in order to better support its strategic plans. This change generated the creation of various high level positions requiring the best recruitment approach. Our decision, after a thorough selection process, has been to partner with MRI Manserv AG (Wil). During our collaboration we have known MRI, as very professional and service oriented  with assuredly a great talent in finding the most valuable candidates.

They have a strong knowledge of the international labor market and a real passion to succeed. They have been real business partners for us, coping with our demanding mandates and meeting our deadlines, while sharing the milestones of their searches with us in a very methodical and transparent way. They have delivered the expected results and brought highly talented people within our organization. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank John and his team for their energy, commitment and valuable contribution to our Company and wish them continued success.

I do recommend them to any Company that is looking for a real partner in the recruitment area.”

Recommendation by Dirk Laeveren (Product Marketing Manager microCT, International at Thermo Fisher Scientific):

“Alexander guided my hiring procedure at FEI Thermo Fisher as International Product Marketing Manager microCT. Alexander is a very professional recruiter who is open, persistent and pleasant to work with.”

Helmut Fischer is a medium sized company in the field of Measurement Equipment and Analytical Instrumens. In their specialisation, thickness measurement solutions, they are one of the top global companies. HF is a traditional company with complexe high tech products for example their X-Ray NDT solutions for various industries (Automotive, Aerospace, Galvanisation, etc). The management of the company decided to further expand their business, strengthen their Inline Automation business, modernise their marketing and further increase their sales activity. Therefore they needed to hire some top performers, key experts with high technical knowledge but great commercial skills for various roles: existing ones but also newly created roles.

MRI Manserv supported them in finding their new Managing Director for the UK, the Head of Inline Automation (Engineering role) and several experienced Sales Engineers.

Recommendation by Darin Enefer (Managing Director at Fischer Instrumentation GB):

“I would recommend Alexander Steele because I remember him doing a really great job for both his client and also for me as the candidate! He was very thorough, and challenging, but I find myself now in very suitable role in line with my competencies and experience and appreciate his help very much.”

Recommendation by Peter Hase (Chief Commercial Officer at Megaport):

“John and Manserv had been helping me with previous successful searches and when we recently needed an Executive search for a senior Global VP role based in California, I turned to John to see if he could help. Using the Manserv network, he chose a suitable MRI partner based in California to perform the identification and initial evaluation of potential candidates, which were then further evaluated by John, before being presented to me.

Together with our HQ team in Brisbane, John was able to arrange (at very short notice) 5 candidate face-to-face interviews, prior to travel lockdown due to Covid-19. The candidates were of the high quality we needed and we short-listed two to move on to a series of video conference interviews together with psychometric analysis. This process concluded with an offer being made and accepted, and the role successfully filled. Indeed, the candidate quality was such that we offered another candidate a different position!

John and his team is highly professional and remained very sympathetic to the pandemic situation, adapting from his normal recruiting process because of Covid. He understood the requirements of the candidates through his empathetic communication style and was able to complete a successful search, during very challenging times.

Feedback John obtained from debriefing the candidates after some months, has been very helpful and reinforced that we had made the right choices – from an employee and employer perspective.

I can recommend John and Manserv for their professional, pragmatic approach, ease of communication (with both the client and the candidates) and his determination to find Megaport the best possible candidate, even when the environment remains unsettling, because of the start of the Corona virus situation. John Steele comes highly recommended.”

LimaCoporate is an Italian based company in the Orthopaedic business. They mainly have products in large joint primary/revision, extremities and fixation. Lima is medium sized and is competing against the leading companies such as ZimmerBiomet, DepuySynthes, Stryker etc. In the past Lima was more seen as a “local” Italian company, less international. To grow internationally they heavily invested in products and decided to use an international Head Hunting partner to find and attract Orthopeadic industry experts from the leading companies.

Because of their pan European track record Manserv became their Recruiting Partner. Besides finding suitable candidates who satisfied the demanding profiles and who were willing to leave a leading company to join a medium sized one, there was the challenge that Lima had tight salary ranges because of their «Italian salary structures». Manserv has shown that they are very sensitive in leading the candidates through the recruitment process. They have filled roles such as Sales Director Germany, Country Mgr Switzerland, Regional Sales Mgrs & Sales Reps in different countries, Global Business Unit Mgr, Global Product Mgrs, etc with experts from leading Orthopaedic companies. Together with Manserv, Lima over the years was not only able to recruit the experts they needed but further built their reputation as an attractive employer and a successful orthopaedics company.


Recommendation by Federico Cartasegna (Global HR Manager)

“I had my first call with Alex Steele in 2011 and I immediately realized that I found a different service. After 7 years of successful collaboration I can confirm that Manserv is the strongest partner I’ve ever met. The real added value perceived is the understanding of the line Managers and the company culture.

In addition they are very strong also in finding high potential candidates. I found an excellent level of support in each part of the recruitment process. I used their service in several critical roles across Europe and US”.


Exide Technologies is an American multinational lead-acid batteries manufacturing company. It is one of the globally leading manufacturers of automotive and industrial batteries. It is based in Milton, Georgia, United States. 

Our history with Exide Technologies dates back to mid 2004 when we, MRI Manserv, placed Michael Geiger as Global Account Director. We have developed a true partnership together and Exide has used us for many varied vacancies across a number of countries since then.

Recommendation by Michael Geiger (VP EMEA for Sales, Marketing & Application):

“I first met John Steele in July, 2004 as a candidate when he approached me for a position at Exide Technologies as Global Key Account Manager in the Automotive Division. I found his professional approach during the whole of the recruitment process covering 5 interviews to be thorough and useful.

Since being recruited I have made my career with Exide moving from Global Account Director, step by step to VP Sales, Marketing and Applications for our Automotive, Industrial and Defense business spanning Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. During the various positions I have often used MRI Manserv to search for high performance candidates for various key positions.

I have always found John / Manserv to be professional, knowledgeable regarding the sector, easy to communicate with and their feedback regarding candidates was extremely useful in ensuring that we could hire the person we targeted. This included helping us to “fine tune” offers made to candidates that we wanted to attract and ensuring that we offered the win – win package.

Over the years that Manserv has worked for us on varied assignments, mainly sales and sales management oriented for both German and International roles. We often required very specific experience to cover our needs to work successfully with our customers within OEMs, Aftermarket and Industry sectors. Manserv has been used, in addition to sales roles, to recruit for Financial, Human Resources, Service, Application Engineers, Design Process Engineers and Plant Management personnel. Projects covered Germany and other European countries. This included also very sector and knowledge specific vacancies, even global searches where Manserv was able to identify the respective talents to fill very specific and difficult to fill vacancies. I will continue to use Manserv in the future.”

Recommendation by Thomas Benning (ex General Mgr. Implants DACH at Stryker):

“I have been working since 2013 with Alexander. He brought me to Stryker, where I had 5 exceptionally successful years. I very much like his high level of professionalism, he is doing his job profoundly but nonetheless quick and I always welcomed his consultation.”

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions with sales of over 8 billion USD and 47,000 employees. The strategies for profitable growth are market presence, product leadership and cost-efficiency.

When recruiting for key positions they demand that candidates understand the sector, potential clients and selling process base and technology but definitely do not come from direct competitors. Assa Abloy required that all German based positions be filled by candidates either already based in commuting distance or prepared to relocate to their German manufacturing centre, based in a country area of Germany: hence often requiring relocation.

 Assa Abloy sought a search partner who could satisfy their demanding requirement for top performers to build a long term relationship for their rapidly developing organisation. MRI Manserv has over the years been able successful in finding experts for different roles in Manufacturing, Technical Specialists, Purchasing, Process Analysis, Sales, Marketing and HR.

Recommendation by Kerstin Weinhardt (Director Human Resources at Assa Abloy HPDS)

 “Manserv comes along as very professional and passionate, with high expertise for recruitment and selection of candidates in various management roles. We are very satisfied with their service in all aspects: be it the conditions, the timeline or the quantity and much more the quality of CVs we received.

The recruiters of Manserv truly care about their clients as well as about their candidates. We experienced an excellent service in each of our recruitment assignments. We will assign Manserv again when we are to fill a management role for our business.

To put it in a nutshell: Best recruitment company I ever worked with since I am in HR which means since 1998.”