MRI Manserv was formed in Switzerland in 1982 by John Steele and is a classical direct executive search company which now combines the experience of time intensive manual search and the speed and easily available data of the new technologies.

The company is now run in the second generation by Alex Steele, the current Managing Director.

Many positions can be filled through your own company efforts and internal recruiters using personal contacts, job postings, Linkedin and other helpful data sources. However there are always situations where internal recruiters are not suitable for example because high confidentiality is required or where a particularly difficult search requires more time than is available because of conflicting projects which must be managed. In our more than 35 years of search experience we have gained numerous examples of successfully completing exactly these type of searches.

We have a strong track record in Europe and are excellent in identifying not only active job seekers but the more difficult to find passive candidates who may not even be in the popular internet platforms. Over the years we have successfully assisted leading international, medium sized and start up companies in recruiting top talent across Europe. In addition we have access to the MRI community of over 325 offices around the world to fill other international projects

MRI Manserv is one of the most successful MRI offices in Europe and has a high internal and external reputation globally. To meet our top management team click TEAM below.


MRI is one of the leading global Executive Search firms.

Since 1965 when the MRI Network was first founded by Alan R.Schonberg, MRI has grown to become a respected and reliable recruitment partner with over 325 offices Worldwide. MRI Manserv provides the portal to this recruitment community which  enables us to connect our clients to the broadest range of skills, sector expertise and geographical locations. This ensures that the best resource is always available to our clients as required to ensure “best of class” service for each particular project wherever that may.

MRI is recognised as the recruitment organisation with probably the best training within the recruiting industry using the latest technology and techniques and developed over more than 50 years. Indeed MRI has trained over 25,000 recruiters and many in the industry today have learnt their skills through the MRI training programmes. We, MRI Manserv, are therefore able to guarantee quality and consistency of service for our clients reinforced by receiving continuous up to date training.

MRI Network is proud to be at the forefront of using new technology in this digital age which is changing how we work. We have our own creative agency, BCC Co. which has been founded specifically for the purpose of shifting from outbound to inbound marketing and is available to MRI clients. The MRI experts work with your team to develop your thought leadership and branding strategy. They then bring that strategy to life through high value, high impact content that informs, inspires and contributes to the world of work



Alex has over 17 years experience in executive search joining MRI Manserv in 2004. He has specialised in the sectors Medical Devices, Analytical instruments and Measurement Equipment. In his first year he was awarded the MRI “International Rookie of the Year” award for his excellent performance. He is passionate about providing job opportunities to candidates in addition to continuing his international search projects he is enjoying his additional manager functions as he takes over the Managing Director role from the founder, his father.

He has a B.A. in economics and his first job was working in a leading Swiss call center doing market and social research. Prior to joining Manserv he worked for a season combining his snow board hobby and work in Laax, a top European Ski region where he was responsible for managing a Ski and Snowboard rental shop.


Head Consultant Medical Devices & Analytical Instrument

John has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London University and after graduation, worked for the company Schlumberger for 10 years, initially as a Field Engineer and progressed to Center Manager in Myanmar (Burma) and then Operations Manager in Dubai before moving to the HQ in Paris as Global Recruiting Manager. His last position was the Head of HR for the Asian Region based in Singapore. He has worked in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, France and Egypt.

After Schlumberger John established the company Manserv in Switzerland to provide international recruitment services to clients within the technology and engineering fields. With his 37 years experience in recruiting he has successfully managed a broad range of projects up to and including VP and President level at globally leading companies. His clients have included Exide, British Telecom, AssaAbloy, Datacolor and Visuray, as well as many other small and large projects throughout Europe.

John Steele

Founder & Senior Director MRI Manserv

Silvia is a certified Accountant having received her training at the KV Zurich Business School and the Controller Academie Zurich.
She worked for Unilever / Diversey for 16 years in a number of financial oriented positions.
Prior to joining MRI Manserv she worked for a short period at LS Treuhand as an Accountant. In these various functions she gained considerable experience within the Finance and IT functions. Additionally she also gained experience from working on various European projects coverning business optimisation and office management.

Silvia joined MRI Manserv in 2015 and is responsible for the finance and office management functions,ensuring that all office IT operations and procedures run smoothly. She is also actively involved in various marketing and research projects.

Silvia Seward

Finance & Office Manager