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Celebrating 46 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

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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. 96% of our candidate slates have diversity represented, resulting in 58% of our placements being women or people of color and 100% of our board director placements. 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
  • 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
  • CEO / Management
  • President / COO
  • CFO / Finance
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Digital / eCommerce
  • Creative / Design
  • Product Development
  • Sourcing / Supply Chain / Production
  • Retail Operations
  • Human Resources / People
  • Technology
  • Sales / Business Development
  • Real Estate / Development
  • Public / Pre-IPO
  • Private Equity Backed
  • Privately Held
  • Founder / Family Involved
  • Emerging High Growth
  • Founder Involved / Led
  • International / Global Expansion
  • Portfolio Company Leadership
  • Pre-IPO
  • Transformation / Turnaround

Trusted Advisor & Strategic Partner

For 46 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
Chief Executive Officer, Outdoor Products Segment
EVP, Supply Chain Operations
EVP Retail
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Financial Officer
Board Director
Chief Marketing Officer (Promoted from Placement); Senior EVP & Director of Stores
Chief Merchant, Merrell
SVP, Marketing
Chief Executive Officer; EVP, Merchandising
Chief Development Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Board Director (3); Chief Executive Officer; Chief Digital Officer (Promoted from Placement)
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Board Director (2); Chief Executive Officer
Chief Digital Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
SVP, Merchandise Planning & Allocation
SVP eCommerce
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from placement)
Board Director (2)
Chief Retail & Customer Experience Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Board Director, Digital Expert
Managing Director, Retail & Consumer; VP, Strategic Industries, Google Cloud (Promoted from Placement)
Board Director, Digital & Analytics Expert
Recent Placements
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Development Officer; Chief Information Officer; Chief People Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Merchandising Officer
EVP & Brands President
Chief Merchant (Promoted from Placement)
Board Director (3); President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Stores Officer
Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Retail Officer (Promoted from Placement)
EVP, Chief People Officer
Chief Executive Officer
VP/Head of Marketing, UGG
Board Director (3); Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Global Brand President
Recent Placements
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Sales Officer
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement)
EVP & Chief Merchandising Officer
Chief Executive Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Chief Operating Officer (Promoted from Placement)
Chief Executive Officer

Our Perspective
& Press

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

CPG Trivia Challenge: As this issue's trivia question, what Oscar-winning actor owes his start to commercials for Bubble Yum, Kraft Singles, and Apple Jacks?

People News

 Kristie Juster joined Conair as CEO. She was at Kimball International and Newell.

Courtrooms & Bureaucracy

Unilever announced plans to spin off their ice cream business. It generates over $8 billion with the Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Popsicle, and Klondike brands.

Marketing & Strategy

Danone got the FDA to approve the first health claim linking yogurt consumption to reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. All yogurt brands can use the claim.

Free Thoughts

The featured word this issue is soonicorn. It refers to a company closing in on unicorn status with a valuation of $1 billion.

People News

Mac Tillman joined PetWise, a maker of pet products, as CEO. His CPG work includes Alete Active Nutrition, GUEnergy, Big Heart Pet, DelMonte, Hain Celestial, and P&G.

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