Joanna Reesby


Based in London, Joanna is a Senior Partner and leads the firm’s global Media and Content practice.

As one of the UK’s leading media head-hunters, she is known for her deep experience in the media industry as both an executive and in talent solutions. Her search career began in 2004 when she launched the London office of a US-based media search boutique and then later led the media division of Whitehead Mann, subsequently Korn Ferry International London, post-acquisition. She was the Founder of Mission Bay in 2011, which joined forces with SRI in March 2022.


Before embarking on her search career, Joanna was at Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment for four years, working across a wide range of commercial activities and projects. She also spent seven years with Hasbro Inc. as global Senior Vice President of Visual Media and Head of International Licensing consecutively. Joanna began her career as an intellectual property lawyer in the U.K. and New Zealand. She has an LLB (hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.


Her career is characterised by its internationalism, versatility, and trusted professionalism with clients and candidates alike. Joanna is a Governor of Westminster Great School and Westminster Under School, a Fellow of the RSA.

“At all times Joanna and the team acted with utmost integrity, professionalism, and efficiency… I would be delighted to work with the team again.”

Nick Fowler

Chair, STM Association