We Find
Leaders
Celebrating 43 years in business, Herbert Mines Associates is the largest retained executive search firm focused exclusively on the 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 and diverse 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 board director, 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 diverse and 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 diverse 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. 97% of our candidate slates have diversity represented, resulting in 48% of our executive placements being women or people of color. 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 BenchmarKing
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 Officers
  • 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 43 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 182 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.

Grocery & Food Services

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
GROCERY & FOOD SERVICES
RESTAURANTS,
HOSPITALITY & LEISURE
PRIVATE EQUITY PORTFOLIOS
Recent Placements
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer - Stores
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Chief Product Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President, Public Lands
Chief Human Resources Officer
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Growth Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocation
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Board Director (3)
Chief People Officer; Chief Operations Officer
Board Director (2); Chief Executive Officer (promoted from placement); President, Global Brands (promoted from placement)
Chief Executive Officer & President
Board Director (2) President & Chief Executive Officer; EVP, Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Financial Officer; Senior Vice President, Merchandising
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President/GMM
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Store Operations Officer & President of International (Promoted from placement)
Senior Vice President, Retail
Board Director, Brand President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Merchanding Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Pet Retail Brands
RELATED PERSPECTIVE & PRESS
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
President, North America
Chief Executive Officer
Operating Partner, Beauty
Vice President, Sales
Chief Merchandising Officer; Group Vice President, Merchandising (2); Vice President, Planning & Allocation
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President, Sales
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Sales North America, Luxury
Recent Placements
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President, US
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Vice President, Human Resources
Vice President, Operations
Senior Vice President, Retail
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President, Sales
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President, Store Operations
Board Director (2), Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Development Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Merchandising Officer, Pacific Sunwear; Head of Ecommerce, Eddie Bauer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief People Officer; Chief Operations Officer
Chief Financial Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
President & Chief Customer Officer; Vice President Marketing
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Production Officer

Our Perspective
& Press

placements in the news
Our perspective
Consumer biz buzz
Consumer Biz Buzz
by Dave Hardie
most recent
People News

Will Holsworth joined JUST Water as CEO. He was at Safe+FairFoods, Sambazon, Cytosport, and PepsiCo.

People News

Paul Vraciu joined BrainCare, a new food company focused on cognitive health, as CEO. He was at Leprino Foods and P&G.

Transaction News

Vestar Capital Partners is buying a majority stake in Dr. Praeger’s. They make plant-based frozen and refrigerated foods.

People News

Jason Goldberger joined Unilever as the CEO of Dollar ShaveClub. He was at Sur La Table most recently.

People News

Heineken promoted Yolanda Talamo to global chief people officer. She joined the company in 2016.

Transaction News

A month later, Nestlé bought Essentia Water, the leadingbrand of ionized alkaline water. Sales were $192 million last year.

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