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MMI - Maritime & Mercantile International LLC

The Challenge

MMI, part of The Emirates Group, operate distribution and GTR businesses in the Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, and Asia Pacific. Best known for the first-class distribution business in the UAE and their award-winning travel retail businesses i.e., Le Clos. As part of a business-wide agenda to increase bench strength and focus on succession planning at a senior executive, group level.

The Solution

Cesium Group has in recent years been engaged on various senior leadership mandates on behalf of MMI across the Middle East and Africa, namely conducting a truly global search for a Managing Director to oversee the businesses International and Global Travel Retail businesses.

Similarly, Cesium Group was engaged to support a structure of MMI’s operation in South Africa (B2C Premium Drinks Company) hiring a General Manager and Commercial Director to drive growth in the South African market post a number of high-profile long-term joint venture partnerships with global drinks groups.

Recently Cesium Group have also been engaged to manage a key UAE domiciled search for a Head of Spirits Brand Partnerships, a high-profile executive leader to oversee all of MMI spirits partner relationships globally across an channels.


“I have known Paul and Cesium for more than a decade now and can without question recommend Cesium. At MMI, Cesium partnered with us to help search internationally for a number of key positions at senior level up to and including Managing Director. Pauls people and industry knowledge , rigour of process coupled with time taken to deeply understand the functional responsibilities and outcomes that define success in role This is entwined with a deep desire and focus on understanding the organisational culture and fit. Many people say this, Paul and the Cesium team deliver this.”

Andrew Day - Group CEO Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI)