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Herbert Mines Associates is the largest retained executive search firm focused exclusively on the consumer and retail industry.
"Our 'Search for Leadership' tagline really defines Herbert Mines Associates. Not only does it speak to what we do but it defines who we serve and shapes how we approach our work."
Hal Reiter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Our Team
of Specialists

Our single minded focus on senior level executive search enables us to develop a unique perspective relative to the talent landscape and the dynamic marketplace realities facing our clients. Because of this we are well positioned to develop trusted and meaningful relationships with executives that are distinguished for their leadership and performance on both the client and candidate sides of the equation. This depth of knowledge enables us to bring knowledge and access to our clients which in turn allows us to develop trusted relationships as we immerse ourselves in our client’s strategic agenda and culture. Each project we embark on is managed by proven search professionals selected for their industry and functional expertise.

Experts in
Executive Search

Our Focus

Herbert Mines Associates is the executive search firm trusted to find leaders.  Our approach is defined by expert knowledge of the retail and consumer products industry, access to the talent pool, and a hands-on, consultative process. Herbert Mines Associates is distinctive because we are an independent firm, allowing us to remain true to our founding values of excellence in client service, transparency, and quality. We combine the focus of a boutique firm with the capabilities of a global organization and pride ourselves on long-term partnerships with respected clients, who rely on our expertise for their on-going executive talent strategies.

Performing Executive Searches for the Following :

Functional Expertise
Ownership Type
  • Board Directors
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Presidents / Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Chief Merchandising Officers
  • Chief Customer / Experience Officers
  • Chief Digital Officers
  • Chief Supply Chain Officers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Technology / Information Officers
  • Digital / E-Commerce / Omni-Channel General Managers
  • Customer Experience
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Product Development / Design / Creative
  • Supply Chain / Sourcing / Production
  • Retail Operations
  • Public Relations / Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Sales / Business Development / Real Estate
  • Publicly Held
  • Private Equity Backed
  • Privately Held
  • Founder/Family Held

Our Expertise

Since 1978, Herbert Mines Associates has operated as a trusted adviser and strategic partner working with clients to evolve, upgrade and facilitate senior-level executive search for consumer-facing brands ranging from emerging startups to Fortune 100 companies. We work broadly across the consumer-facing landscape with specific expertise in omni-channel retail, digital, consumer products, hospitality and leisure. We also partner with private equity firms, and the companies in their portfolios, to execute pre-deal and post-acquisition talent and leadership initiatives.

Due to our unique access to the most impactful and future-minded executives across the consumer-facing landscape, we are able to help our clients assemble teams that create impactful legacies.

Omni-Channel Retail

Following our founding vision to be the partner of choice for retail organizations, we remain dedicated to finding leaders who are passionate about shaping the future of retail. As the industry landscape continues to evolve and omni-channel becomes a dominant strategy, progressive executive talent is more important than ever. As experts in retail talent for over 39 years, we have built an unprecedented network of top executives and pride ourselves by finding and tracking emerging talent and the next gen leaders in this space.

Private Equity

We have a long history of advising private equity investors on executive talent within their portfolio companies and potential acquisitions. In recent years, we have partnered with over 100 leading private equity firms to recruit leaders whose skills and fit align with the sponsor’s growth and exit strategy.

Hospitality & Leisure

Given the increasingly competitive environment in the hospitality and leisure sector, the need for the best-in-class talent has never been more critical. The growing demand for executive leadership with both customer-centricity and commercial sensibility makes executive search partnerships crucial to corporate strategy in this sector. We are proud to serve as strategic advisors on executive talent to leading hospitality and leisure brands.

Consumer Products

The consumer products industry includes some of the world’s most iconic and beloved brands, however, evolving consumer tastes and habits are requiring organizations to regularly evaluate their executive talent and make strategic upgrades. Many leading consumer products companies trust Herbert Mines Associates with their executive search needs, whether they are well-established global companies or smaller emerging brands backed by private equity firms.

Digital & Tech

Herbert Mines Associates is the trusted partner on digital talent. As thought leaders on industry trends and developments, we work with companies across digital sectors from pureplay retailers to digital services and technology companies. We also advise traditional brands on executive talent to help them expand their digital capabilities, tech integration, and information security, enabling them to stay competitive in a rapidly changing landscape.

Recent Placements
Vice President, Retail
Vice President, Retail
Chief Operating Officer; Vice President, Human Resources
President; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Human Resources Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer; President; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Merchandising Officer
President, Party City Retail
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer; Senior Vice President, Digital eCommerce
President & Chief Executive Officer, Plus Fashion Segment
Senior Vice President, Marketing, CRM & Analytics
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer - U.S.
Chief Customer Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Research & Development
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Senior Vice President, Sales
Recent Placements
Senior Vice President, Product
Chief Retail Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Brand & Innovation Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer; Vice President, Digital
Vice President & General Manager, Retail
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Senior Vice President, Studio Operations; Vice President, Studio Operations
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Board Member
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Real Estate & Construction Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer; Chief Customer Officer
President, Northstar; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Senior Vice President, Retail
Chief Executive Officer - PartyLite; Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Merchandising Officer

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