The MPS story

1972

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.

1974

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

1975

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

1977

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

1980

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

1982

Growth prospects continue to be bright. MPS starts operations inSwedenopening 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.

1985

The Oulu branch office opens

1986

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

1987

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.

1993

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

1994

The operations in the Baltics begin.

1997

The Tallinn office opens.

2000

MPS Latvija/Komin Ltd and MPS Polska are founded.

2002

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

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

2005

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

2006

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.

2007

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

2008

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

2010

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.

2012

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.