Our Services

Discrete Executive Search for the Aviation Industry

Finding the right person can be time-consuming and expensive. At Horizon Executive Search, we aim to make this process easier for our clients.

We put all our energy into finding your ideal candidate within a realistic time frame using a flexible approach that is cost-effective without compromising on service. In all projects, Horizon Executive Search includes verification of candidate references and qualifications.

Our Services

Executive Search

Executive Search is a proven method of identifying high calibre candidates. The direct approach provides a special element of personal advocacy and is particularly effective when attracting executives to move companies.


This product is solely based on advertising the role. We target suitable key personnel who are ready to move upwards in a corporate structure and advertising ensures that we attract a large range of applicants over a wide spectrum. All applicants gain a fair and considered assessment.

The Dual Approach

This method uses both advertising and limited search directed at personnel in key organisations. This ensures that the net is thrown as wide as possible, plus using our extended industry network and sources to find candidates who might not actually apply, but who might after consideration, be ready to change companies.

In addition to this, we have a large database of potential candidates, which we refer to in our search.

All applicants gain a fair and considered assessment.

CV Sift

This product is designed to aid businesses which do not have a dedicated recruitment/HR team, or a time-short hiring manager, to evaluate and interview responses to their advertised positions.

With the introduction of this new service we aim to help our clients to pursue their full time jobs, knowing that the CVs will be read and vetted and the candidates dealt with efficiently and in a professional manner. The client only need give essential time to the shortlist interview process.

In-House Model

For businesses who have a large number of roles they wish to fill at the same time, we offer this model,
which we liken to a consultant being seconded to a business. They will act as your Talent acquisition consultant and the fee structure is a fixed fee/month rather than per assignment for a fixed term or as long as required until you fill your roles.

Consultancy Projects

The team at Horizon has built up a vast bank of industry knowledge and information and regularly conducts research projects for the benefit of the industry. The team provides consultancy projects covering a wide range of topics including; salary benchmarking, diversity initiatives and in depth research into working practices and structures. These projects provide our clients with helpful data as to how the industry is performing and what direction organisations are leaning towards.

In addition to these primary services, Horizon Executive Search can offer Psychometric Testing for long- and short-listed candidates.

Our Experience

Thorough, constant, continuous search with clear focus, a dedicated search utilizing a variety of resources to identify, attract, and hire the best possible talent for the client.

Global Sector Experience

We’ve helped clients in all sectors of the aviation industry including:

  • Aviation Leasing and Asset Management
  • Aviation Finance
  • Airlines
  • Hello
  • MRO and Suppliers (i.e. Parts and Component providers)
  • Airports and Airport Service Providers (i.e. Ground Handling, Catering, Fuel)


Example Roles

Horizon has aviation industry experience in searching for candidates at the following executive levels:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Head of Structured Finance
  • General Counsel
  • Company Secretary
  • Managing Director
  • Head of Security
  • Head of IT
  • Head of Risk
  • Regional Managing Directors
  • Head of Trading
  • VP Business Development
  • Director Leasing
  • SVP Technical
  • VP Marketing
  • Director Aviation Services
  • Contracts Manager

Feedback from our clients

It is my pleasure to recommend Horizon Executive Search, and Murrae Ross-Eskell in particular, for their work in search and placement at a variety of levels within the aviation (and related) industry.

In the last placement Murrae did for me, a Head of IT based in the United States, competing priorities made it difficult to interact regularly with the search team. However, based on the solid brief Horizon developed for the role with my input, Murrae and her team lost no time in finding me the perfect candidate within the pre-arranged time frame, and at the target compensation level – making the interview and offer process clean and the onboarding of the new executive quite easy.

If you are looking for a search firm who works as a partner, not as one who tells you what you can and cannot do, then Murrae and the team at Horizon Executive Search are the perfect match. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

– Kevin Horan, Head of Corporate Soul JetSuiteX and Former SVP HR, ILFC

We have called upon the expertise of Horizon Executive Services twice over the past couple years to support Global’s growth through an expanded presence in Europe.

Fiona has been invaluable to our efforts not only in identifying highly-qualified candidates for our unique business development position, but in providing input on the marketplace and assistance on setting up a new office in Ireland.

Horizon brings a focused and professional approach that is tailored to the specific needs of their clients that compliments their deep industry and market knowledge to achieve a successful result.

It is always a pleasure to work with Fiona and Murrae and I would recommend their services to any potential client. 

– Ken Moninski, CEO, Global Aircraft Services Inc.

Having used Horizon to manage the search for candidates for two new positions in the last six months, we are very pleased with the outcome, both in terms of the quality of candidates that were presented but also with the total package provided.

The service is professional, discreet and tailored to meet the requirements we presented. I would have no hesitation in working with either Fiona or Murrae again and would strongly recommend their services to others.”

– Michael Moore – CFO & Head of Commercial Operations, Aergo Captial Ltd

We have been thrilled to recently work with Fiona on a project to fill a key vacancy in our rapidly growing team.

Horizon were able to deliver a top quality candidate in a very short time-frame. The process from first contact to contract signature was very well managed, both from our perspective and from that of the candidate. Fiona has an excellent sense for what individuals will fit into established teams and we have benefited greatly from her expertise.

Horizon is thoroughly recommended – they always are at the top of their game.

– Dan Roberts – Chief Legal Counsel, Lobo Leasing

Murrae has been retained by Menzies Aviation on various occasions to fill a senior role in Eastern Europe and for a major start up operation for Menzies Aviation in South Africa.

We worked as partners to fill these important roles and during the process she was professional, communicated regularly and did as she promised whilst also being flexible in her fees and approach.

Murrae was focused, supportive, candid, extremely professional and nothing was too much trouble. It was a pleasure to work with her and given another opportunity I would hope to work with her again in the future

– Forsyth Black, Managing Director, Menzies Logistics – Formerly SVP Africa & India, Menzies Aviation PLC, South Africa

Murrae provided excellent advice and guidance during a challenging period. She was also instrumental in identifying and delivering a timely personnel solution, which allowed the development of a strong, knowledgeable team. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services to other potential clients.

– Sean Cleghorn, on behalf of TUI Travel PLC