We Find
Leaders
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.

Our Focus

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.

Our commitment to diversity

At Herbert Mines Associates, every search is inclusive of all qualified talent. Special efforts are made to identify diversity candidates and 100% of our searches represent a diverse candidate slate. Our commitment to diversity extends to our own firm. Our company culture and value proposition are derived from the unique perspectives and experiences of our talented team and our commitment to quality work. Ensuring a curious, dynamic, and inclusive environment is a fundamental component of our business model.

Experts in Executive Search:

What We Do
Senior level executive search
Talent Benchmarching
Chief executive officer /
c-suite succession planning
Our expertise
Functional disciplines
ownership structures
private equity
  • 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
  • Chief Sales Officer
  • Confidential Market Scans
  • Talent Landscape Overviews
  • Confidential
  • Internal
  • External
  • 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
  • Public
  • Private Equity
  • Privately Held
  • Founder
  • Pre-Deal Talent Needs
  • Post-Acquisition Talent Needs

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.

Beauty

The beauty industry is experiencing unprecedented growth with the continued emergence of new and exciting independent brands, as well as the evolution of traditional large-scale global organizations. The landscape continues to shift with mergers & acquisitions at an all-time high, active involvement of private equity, and global beauty leaders creating their own incubation teams to identify and develop nascent brands. Herbert Mines Associates has been at the forefront of strategic thought-leadership and C-Suite talent recruiting for these emerging companies. We are excited that our beauty practice continues to support the needs of our clients during this transformative period.

Health & Wellness

As consumers are focusing on health and wellness, we are seeing an emergence in the growth of health, wellness, and fitness organizations. Companies are defining health and wellness as their way of being, and these types of organizations continue to be an area of rapid expansion, development, and a dominant focus for private equity. The rise of health and wellness as an independent sector and the fast growth of these organizations, as well as the talent that supports them, has been a focus across industries. Herbert Mines Associates continues to expand our practice to solve for the talent needs for these fast emerging trends and companies.

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.

Broad Sector Reach Across
Consumer-Facing Businesses

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OMNI-CHANNEL RETAIL
DIGITAL & TECH
BEAUTY
HEALTH & WELLNESS
CONSUMER PRODUCTS & SERVICES
RESTAURANTS,
HOSPITALITY & LEISURE
PRIVATE EQUITY PORTFOLIOS
Recent Placements
Vice President, Strategy & BD
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Board Director
President, Apparel Group
President, Party City Holdco & Chief Executive Officer, Party City Retail Group
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer; Senior Vice President, Merchandising
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President, Store Operations
Executive Vice President, Portfolio Brands
Vice President, Retail
President & Chief Executive Officer; President, Men's Wearhouse
Chief Executive Officer (2); Chief Merchandising Officer
Senior Vice President, Marketing, CRM & Analytics
Executive Vice President. Chief Customer Officer
President, Party City Retail
President; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Human Resources Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer; President; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Merchanding Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Pet Retail Brands
RELATED PERSPECTIVE & PRESS
Recent Placements
Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Board Director; Vice President, Sales
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Marketing Officer; Vice President, Sales
Senior Vice President, Sales North America, Luxury
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Chief Executive Officer
Chief People Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President/General Manager, Sales & Education
Chief Real Estate & Construction Officer
Senior Vice President, Studio Operations; Vice President, Studio Operations
Senior Vice President, Product
President & Chief Operating Officer; Chief Customer Officer
Recent Placements
Vice President/General Manager, Amex Advance
Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & R&D
President & Chief Customer Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Vice President Sales; Vice President Marketing
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Development Officer
Vice President, Global Marketing, Lifestyle & Luxury
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President, US
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Board Member
Board Director
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Brand & Innovation Officer
Chief Retail Officer
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer; Vice President, Digital
Recent Placements
Executive Vice President, Stores
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Customer Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Stores
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Commercial Officer; Vice President, Digital
President & Chief Operating Officer

Our Perspective
& Press

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Our perspective
Consumer biz buzz
Consumer Biz Buzz
by Dave Hardie
most recent
Marketing & Strategy

Mattel has launched the first genderless dolls, called Creatable World. They can have short hair or long hair, and they come with gender-neutral wardrobes. The objective is to be more inclusive.

Marketing & Strategy

Pizza Hut has partnered with Kellogg to introduce Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza for a limited time. It features four baked squares with a Cheez-It crust and a filling.

People News

Kraft Heinz named Nina Barton to their new chief growth officer role. She was running Canada and the online business.

People News

Dan Poland joined KIND as COO. He was at Pinnacle Foods, WhiteWave, McCain Foods, HJ Heinz, Nestle, and Gerber.

People News

Ann Mukherjee joined Pernod Ricard as CEO of North America. She was at SCJ and Frito-Lay.

People News

Mike Axelrod joined Del Real Foods, the Mexican foods company, as CEO. His CPG work includes Passport Food Group, TreeHouse Foods, Pactiv, McCain Foods, and Kraft.

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