About Us

About Us

MBK Search is a global recruitment agency
specializing in the risk, compliance, audit, and fin/ops career disciplines.

 Our focus is not by chance – our Founder and Managing Partner, Spencer Knibbe, spent almost two decades as a Risk Executive at some of the world’s best brokerage and asset management firms. He launched MBK do address a clear gap in the marketplace and the need for an executive search partner with actual domain expertise. The future is bright for MBK Search, as we continue to expand and execute on our vision of a “follow the sun” model where we provide excellent service for our clients in the Americas, UK/Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. 

Get to know the Executive Committee who are responsible for visualization, design, and execution of the MBK Search global vision and leading the international team.

Meet Our Global Executive Committee

Spencer Knibbe

Founder and Managing Partner


Spencer founded MBK Search in 2015 after organizations continually asked him to oversee their hiring departments. He is an expert in Enterprise Risk  Management and Security and has extensive industry experience in the fields that MBK specializes in. This in-the-field experience is one of the key differentiators that sets MBK apart from other search firms.

He was formerly Head of Operational Risk Management at Bridgewater Associates, Former Head of Risk – America’s at ICAP, Plc. and Former Venture Capital Investor of WFD Ventures, LLC. He attended Harvard University for his education where he also played on the Harvard Football Team.

Jeff Burrows

Partner - North America


Jeff specializes in search for banks and investment management firms. Jeff was formerly a client of MBK, as the head of talent acquisition for a multibillion-dollar investment firm.

He has 20+ years of experience in the world of finance and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table for clients and candidates.

Jeff currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas, with his wife, 3 kids, and a sweet golden retriever.

Kellie Linward

Partner - EMEA


Kellie is a highly regarded executive search director who oversees our EMEA operations. She is based out of London and has worked with a diverse set of clients on a global basis.

Her area of expertise is in Practice & Banking with strong relationships within the Accounting & Banking arena as well.

Kellie brings 20+ of experience in global recruiting to the firm. Her expertise is deeply rooted in successfully supporting companies through growth, transformation and business integration.

Kimberly Distelkamp

Chief Financial & Operating Officer


Kim oversees all operational, financial, and administrative functions for MBK Search globally. She has long-standing experience in business operations formerly working in the construction industry and travel industry.

Throughout her career she has worked as a full charge bookkeeper to a database marketing analyst as well as in other critical business functions that make her a valuable asset to the MBK team. She lives in Amityville, NY, rather known as Long Island.