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Celebrating 44 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. 98% of our candidate slates have diversity represented, resulting in 52% of our 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 44 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 186 private equity firms to recruit leaders whose skills align with the sponsor’s growth and exit strategy.

Omnichannel Retail

For over 44 years, Herbert Mines Associates has been dedicated to finding leaders with the passion and vision to lead the future of retail. As the omnichannel landscape continues to evolve and demand adaptive strategy, progressive executive talent is more important than ever. We have built an unparalleled network of top executives and pride ourselves on our relationships with the emerging, next-gen leaders in retail.

Beauty, Personal Health & Wellness

We are seeing an explosion of consumers looking to invest in their beauty, personal health, and wellness. Winning companies with organizational purpose, consumer-centric brands, and innovative products are attracting significant interest from private equity. Herbert Mines Associates is a trusted partner in identifying talent with the authenticity and acumen to serve this emerging consumer and deliver rapid, durable growth for beauty, health, and wellness businesses.

Grocery & Consumables

Covid fundamentally changed the landscape of the grocery sector, presenting new opportunities to build deep engagement with consumers while demanding greater efficiency and excellence in operations. Leading grocery and consumables brands and companies partner with Herbert Mines Associates for access to visionary talent with the breadth and experience necessary to harness technology, foster innovation, and drive growth in this fast-moving sector.

Home & Consumer Durables

We are a strategic advisor to home and consumer durables businesses looking to unlock growth. Building operational and supply-chain efficiency while meeting high consumer demand with the right products could not be more important for home and consumer durables companies. We bring deep connections to talent with the vision, strategic agility, penchant for innovation,  and customer centric experience to drive profitable growth.

Sustainability & Purpose Driven

Value alignment could not be more important for successful executives in sustainability and purpose driven businesses. Our searches are built on a deep alignment process and environmental assessment that equip us to find executives who can authentically walk the walk of our partners’ respective missions. We are proud to serve as brand ambassadors and business advocates to sustainability and purpose-driven brands and companies.

Restaurant, Hospitality & Leisure

The need for best-in-class talent in the highly competitive restaurant, leisure, and hospitality sectors has never been more critical. The demand for executive leadership with both instinctive customer-centricity and commercial sensibility makes executive search partnerships crucial to corporate strategy. We are proud to partner with the leading restaurant, leisure, and hospitality brands to find the innovators who will shape these industries going forward.

Consumer Services

Consumer services business today have unique growth opportunities at their fingertips. Herbert Mines Associates is a trusted partner to service driven companies looking to identify and attract executive talent who can unlock growth and capitalize on today’s high demand for quality services and customer centric experiences. We help clients build top notch teams across the C-Suite that understand consumer needs intuitively and drive growth through innovation.

DTC, Digital & Tech

As a trusted partner to trailblazing digitally led companies from direct-to-consumer brands to omni-channel retailers, we are thought-leaders bringing our clients a cutting-edge perspective. We also advise traditional brands on executive talent to help them evolve in a rapidly changing market, from helping them expand their digital presence to integrating new technology-enabled customer experiences.

delivering talent for

Recent Placements
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement); Chief Marketing Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Merchandising Officer; SVP, GM (2)
Chief Merchant, Merrell; Chief Marketing Officer, Sperry
Chief Executive Officer
EVP, Chief People Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
VP/Head of Marketing, UGG; VP/Head of Marketing, Hoka
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Administrative Officer (Promoted from Placement); EVP, Merchandising; SVP/GMM
Board Director; Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement); President, Global Brands (Promoted from Placement)
Brand President; SVP Digital & Customer Marketing
Brand President
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
Board Director (2)
Chief Marketing Officer; SVP, Retail
President, Global eCommerce
SVP, Retail (Promoted from Placement)
Board Director, Digital Expert
Managing Director, Retail & Consumer; Head of Retail, Google Cloud
Chief Executive Officer
Board Director, Digital & Analytics Expert
Chief Financial Officer
Recent Placements
Board Director
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from placement)
Chief Financial Officer; Chief Development Officer; Chief Manufacturing Officer; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief People Officer; EVP, Operations; SVP Sales & Showrooms
Board Director (2); Chief Executive Officer; SVP, eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Board Director (2); President & Chief Executive Officer; Chief Commercial Officer (Promoted from Placement)
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Production Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Board Director (2); Chief Executive Officer
Chief Digital Officer; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Accounting Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Growth Officer
Chief Financial Officer
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Stores Officer
President; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Information Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
VP, Senior Analyst
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
President, US
VP, Global Marketing, Lifestyle & Luxury
EVP, International (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Executive Officer; VP Operations
Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer; Chief Human Resources Officer; EVP, Operations; SVP Consumer Insights & Demand Generation
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Information Officer

Our Perspective
& Press

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

Andy Judd joined Laird Superfood as chief commercial  officer. His career includes Yasso, Boulder Brands, WhiteWave, and Campbell Soup.

People News

Jean-Christophe Flatin is joining Oatly, the oat milk company, as president. He was at Mars most recently.

People News

Peter McGuinness joined Impossible Foods, the meat alternative company, as CEO. He was at Chobani.

Transaction News

L Catterton and their Beauty Industry Group company acquired Bellami. The brand is a leader in hair extensions.

Transaction News

J&J Snack Foods is buying Dippin’ Dots, the frozen novelties brand focused mostly on foodservice. The price was $222 million.

People News

Brian Gill joined Bob’s Red Mill as CFO. He is new to the CPG world.

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