Anatomy of a Leader


In this series, Founder & CEO of HVO Search, Maria Hvorostovsky interviews CEOs, Investors, Chairmen and women in Fashion, Beauty, Luxury and Lifestyle and asks them about their journey to the top.


This series is for anyone working at the intersection of creativity, retail and digital wanting to learn about what drives people to the top, how they’ve succeeded, how they failed and what they learnt along the way.

Watch the episodes below. This series is available as a podcast on all major listening platforms including Apple and Spotify

Episode 4

In this episode, Maria interviews Sarah Curran-Usher, MBE - MD EMEA, True Fit.

"It's the negative experiences - if you take the lessons from them, that drive personal growth."

Episode 3

In this episode, Maria interviews Sherrille Riley, Founder and CEO of Nails & Brows Mayfair

"When you're setting up a business, you have a million obstacles to overcome. So the last thing you need is somebody trying to hold you back.

Episode 2

In this episode, Maria interviews Jessica Blackler, Founder of Jecca Blac cosmetics.

Episode 1


In this episode, Maria interviews Peter Williams, Chairman of Superdry and Sophia Webster and former CEO of Selfridges

"You have to be very clear as a chair that you're their to run the board not the business. The situations that can occur where it's not clear who's doing what is quite dangerous for the business and value creation within the business."


This series is also available as a podcast on all major platforms. 

Episode 5

Maria chats with Lucy Aylen, Founder of Never Fully Dressed about her leadership journey from market trader to running a thriving, in-demand womenswear business. 

"We still keep our ethos that confidence is the best thing a woman can wear."