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Attract, Evaluate and Develop for Real Impact

BSP Group is an Executive Search firm which specialises in delivering solutions to large and medium sized listed and private entities who operate in South Africa and on the African continent.

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BSP Group was formed in partnership with YSA, a niche consultancy specialising in development leadership. We are a boutique executive search business; whose purpose aims to address the expressed needs and perceived gap of client organisations in local African markets.

We deliver bespoke solutions for the African market that add value and are valued. BSP Group seeks to nurture intimate and mature client relationships which help to ensure that the resultant output exceeds expectation.

We are innovative in the way we map and research the market. We are creative in the way we attract relevant talent. We are thorough in the way we perform our candidate due diligence and we add value in the manner of our executive psychometric assessments.

With the people in place, the attention turns to molding an effective unit – "Developing leadership is, at its heart, rooted in a profound understanding of who you are. As people. As individuals. As characters. Then it is about developing and growing our understanding of how, as individuals, you work together as a team and as a business" and this is where YSA has an enviable track record.

BSP Group is the Africa partner of Lense and Lumen Advisory Group,

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BSP Group is a bespoke Executive Search firm, which specialises in delivering solutions to large and medium sized listed and private entities who operate in South Africa and on the African continent.

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BSP Group is a bespoke Executive Search firm, which specialises in delivering solutions to large and medium sized listed and private entities who operate in South Africa and on the African continent.

Our organisation’s values, embedded in our client and candidate engagement philosophy, prioritize open and honest communication, moral and ethically sound behaviour and investing in relationships that are professional and authentic in nature.

Our partnership with YSA, a niche consultancy specialising in developing leadership, positions the BSP Group uniquely in the local market with a value proposition that encompasses both the attraction and development of essential executive leadership, without which no organisation can thrive, or even survive! Our combined competence and service offering includes access to and experience in a broad range of talent management, transformation and leadership development strategies.

Our unique offering, embedded in high calibre people, best-in-class processes and supported by robust technology, aims to align individuals with client business strategy and culture thereby ensuring successful and meaningful solutions, time and again.

Why choose a BSP Group company?

Knowledge – Our team have built their careers through recruiting at levels ranging from middle management to the boardroom across Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. This means we are well equipped to guide and advise our clients.

Unique strategic approach – Challenges faced by businesses vary tremendously, and therefore the approach to finding the best talent needs to reflect this. Few firms offer the bespoke solutions offered by the BSP Group.

Personal core values – We are passionate about what we do. We understand how important it is to deliver the right outcomes for clients and candidates in a manner that adds value and is professional and ethical.

Ownership of our work - We take pride and full ownership in the quality of our work. Too often, various points of contact are offered by other companies, resulting in sub-standard work. We offer a personalised approach in a dedicated end-to-end partnership.

Comprehensive client solution to talent management – The breadth of knowledge offered by the BSP Group, in partnership with YSA, is unparalleled.

Included in the specialist service solutions, the BSP Group offers a range of shared services to both its in-house and external customer base as follows: 

executive search Executive Assessments

Our approach to psychometric and leadership assessment includes both an interactive and collaborative approach that combines rigorous, scientific assessments and skilled interviewing/coaching (an “owned-by” rather than “done-to” approach). This ensures the ultimate ownership of outcomes and results by the individuals that go through the process.

Furthermore, we approach assessments from an ‘holistic view’ perspective, whether for selection purposes, individual, leadership or career development. We operate on a ‘tool independent’ basis and proudly only use instruments that comply with the highest local and international assessment standards.

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Developing leadership is, at its heart, rooted in a profound understanding of who you are. As people. As individuals. As characters. Then it is about developing and growing your understanding of how, as individuals, you work together as a team and as a business.

Your company needs to be somewhere other than where it is right now. It needs to develop. And it needs to generate significant, sustainable wealth. The job of leadership is to take an organisation from where it is to where it needs to be, as effectively as possible.

Leadership is rooted in who you are, rather than in what you know. Your knowledge and skill are vital, but your integrity, sense of self worth, resilience and other personal qualities count for more.

We see no value in the superficial, the glossy, or the easy-to-swallow. These are less than useless to the challenges you face. By developing your personal awareness, you will be able to make the tough, complex, not-always-ideal choices that affect the future of your organisation.

To be a leader, you must have an unusual and paradoxical combination to combine:
Self-esteem and self-doubt
Awareness of self and of others
The ability to belong and to be detached

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Who We Are

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Hilton Brown BSP Group

Having read for a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law, Hilton spent a decade in the United Kingdom where he worked for a commercial finance company, a firm of retail stockbrokers and then finally ended up at Michael Page International (MPI), a global recruitment company now listed on the London Stock Exchange. During his time with MPI as a Director, Hilton was responsible for the London-based operations of the Sales & Marketing division before moving to a niche Executive Search firm with a focus on the financial services sector on a pan-European basis.

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In 2002 Hilton was approached by JSE-listed Adcorp Holdings to run various of the recruitment operating companies in South Africa before establishing the company’s outsourcing division by integrating the brands and operations of nine underlying Adcorp companies into a single entity while still maintaining responsibility for their Executive Search business.

After 6 years with Adcorp, Hilton sought to focus exclusively on Executive Search and moved to a global Executive Search firm before teaming up with YSA to create a unique and integrated Executive Search and Leadership Development offering and the BSP Group was born.

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Alain Cheenne BSP Executive

Alain Cheenne holds an MA in English with Political Science and a post-graduate Degree in Business Management from Nancy University (France). He has spent the last 25 years in the recruitment and search industries in France, the UK and South Africa for the last 12 years.

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Besides the countries where he was based, Alain has been lucky enough to conduct assignments throughout Europe, the US and Africa.

Alain is currently a Director of the BSP Group where he helps South-African and International firms attract high level executives. Alain’s international experience as well as his fluency in both French and English have allowed him to work at the highest level for a number of renowned firms around the world.

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Martin Pike BSP Executive

Martin graduated from Keele University with a degree in History & Politics. The early stage of his career was spent in the Financial Services sector before embarking on a career in recruitment and Executive Search which has spanned over 20 years. Initially Martin worked for Michael Page international, a FTSE 150 recruitment firm, for nearly a decade holding positions in both the UK and the US.

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Martin moved to South Africa in 2006 as a Partner at Odgers Berndtson and eventually became Managing Partner for Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013 Martin joined Pedersen & Partners as Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa before joining as a Director of the BSP Group in 2019.

Martin has worked extensively across all of Africa on Executive and Board level searches and has considerable experience in bringing African nationals back to the continent.

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Mike Atter BSP Selection

Mike is the Managing Director of BSP Selection. He has a particular focus on the healthcare and consumer industries, encompassing all aspects of senior leadership. He has worked across four continents in his twenty-year career. Mike’s experience across a variety of geographical markets enables him to deliver a bespoke client-centric search experience matched to client requirements.

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Mike began his career in the USA before moving back to the UK to set up a new office in London’s Canary Wharf, for a listed European recruiter. In 2008, Mike relocated to South Africa to head up the Sub Saharan operations of the FTSE 250 recruitment firm. He oversaw a large expansion of the business in South Africa and across the sub Saharan region, as well as the development of a global service centre. In 2011 Mike joined one of the top-tier global executive search firms to continue his development, focusing on executive search work in the boardroom.

Mike holds a Bachelors Honours degree in History and Geography from Keele University in the UK.

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Buhle Masithela BSP Mkabayi

Buhle holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Natal in Economics and Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration degree (MBA) from Simmons College, Boston, USA.

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Her initial career was in Consumer Brand Marketing before studying for her MBA degree through the Fulbright Scholarship.

Post her MBA studies, Buhle joined Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), South Africa’s premier investment bank. She left the bank after 8 years having spent time in business and human capital roles. Her last role was in the Coverage division where she held the position of Business Development Director and had responsibility for a portfolio of clients.

In 2008 she joined a global Executive Search firm as a Director and Consultant. She specialised in financial services and consumer goods and has worked both in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

She re-joined RMB in 2013 in Human Capital where she held leadership roles in Talent Attraction, Management and Transformation before establishing BSP Mkabayi in 2018.

Buhle has an appreciation of the combination of elements that make exceptional talent thrive in organisations. Organisations that appreciate the importance of diverse teams and skills; and are able to offer inclusive work environments, reap the benefits of engaged and high performing employees. Buhle is interested in not just identifying exceptional talent and leaders; but is keen to partner with organizations to see them succeed.

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A selection of recently completed assignments

  • Group HR Director - Agro-Processing
  • Head of Marketing - Investment Bank
  • Chief Executive Office - Pathology Sector
  • Engineering Director - Mining
  • Non-Executive Director - Financial Services Group
  • Sales & Marketing Director - Pharmaceutical
  • GM: Strategy - Oil & Gas
  • Managing Director - Food Ingredients
  • MD: International - Construction
  • Head of Human Capital - Investment Bank
  • Chief Executive Officer - Logistics
  • Group Head of Logistics - FMCG
  • GM: Supply Chain - Manufacturing
  • Sales & Marketing Director - Retail
  • Commercial Director - FMCG
  • Logistics Director - Medical Devices
  • Group Operations Director - Agro-Processing
  • EVP: HR & Corporate Affairs - Oil & Gas
  • Finance Director  - Property

A selection of companies we represent

A selection of our African experience

Ivory Coast
South Africa


  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Group Head of Operations
  • Group Head of Agriculture
  • Head of Finance
  • Head of Human Resources


  • Head of Technology
  • Senior Manager

Ivory Coast

  • Chief Marketing Officer


  • General Manager
  • CEO East Africa
  • Managing Director East Africa
  • Head of Engineering


  • Commercial Director
  • HR Director
  • Operations Director


  • Managing Director
  • Finance Director
  • HR Director
  • Transformation Director
  • Commercial Director


  • Finance Director
  • Head of HR
  • Head of Organisational Effectiveness


  • Head of Human Resources
  • Namibia
  • Country Director


  • Plant Director


  • Chief Executive Officer

South Africa

  • Chairman & Non-Executive Directors
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Commercial Director
  • Group Operations Director
  • Head of Marketing
  • Group Head of SHEQ
  • Group Head of Logistics
  • Chief Customer Experience Officer
  • Head of Engineering


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Houghton Estate

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Tel: +27 (0)11 648 3674
Fax: +27 (0)11 648 5043