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Celebrating over 40 years in business, Herbert Mines Associates is the largest retained executive search firm focused exclusively on consumer and retail industries.
"Our 'Search for Leadership' tagline truly defines Herbert Mines Associates in terms of what we do and how we think about our work. We are passionate about solving the "leadership puzzle" by delivering innovative talent solutions through a high-touch experience."
Hal Reiter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Our Team
of Specialists

Our dedicated focus on solving leadership needs through senior level executive search, talent benchmarking, and CEO/C-Suite succession planning enables us to have a unique perspective relative to the dynamic marketplace realities facing our clients and the evolving talent landscape. We are valued for the trusted relationships we have with executives known for their inspiring leadership and impactful performances, which enables us to bring insightful knowledge and unparalleled access to our clients as we immerse ourselves in their strategic agenda and cultural requirements. Each project we embark on is managed by proven search professionals selected for their unique industry and functional expertise.

Experts in
Executive Search


Herbert Mines Associates is the executive search firm trusted to find transformative
leaders. Our approach is defined by expert knowledge of the industries we serve, unparalleled access to the talent pool, and a hands-on, consultative process. 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.  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 pride ourselves on long-term partnerships with respected clients, who rely on our expertise for their ongoing senior level 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

Trusted Advisor & Strategic Partner

For over 40 years, Herbert Mines Associates has operated as a trusted adviser and strategic partner working with clients to evolve, upgrade and facilitate their senior-level talent agendas. We have a long history of advising private equity investors on executive talent within their portfolio companies and potential acquisitions. We have partnered with over 100 leading private equity firms to recruit leaders whose skills align with the sponsor’s growth and exit strategy.

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 Customer Officer
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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