We Find
Leaders
Celebrating 42 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 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 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 42 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 174 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
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Growth Officer
President, E-Commerce
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Operations
Head of Retail
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Retail
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocation
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President, Store Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer; Board Director (3)
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer; Chief Operations Officer
Board Director (2); Chief Executive Officer (promoted from placement); President, Global Brands (promoted from placement); Brand President, Abercrombie & Fitch
Chief Executive Officer & President, President, Apparel Group
Board Director (2) President, Party City Holdco & Chief Executive Officer, Party City Retail Group; Chief Merchandising Officer
Board Director (2), Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Financial Officer; Senior Vice President, Merchandising
Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President/GMM
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Digital Officer (promoted from placement); Chief Store Operations Officer & President of International (promoted from placement)
Senior Vice President, Retail (promoted from placement)
Chief Executive Officer (3)
Board Director, Executive Vice President. Chief Customer Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer; Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President, Strategy & BD
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Merchanding Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Pet Retail Brands
RELATED PERSPECTIVE & PRESS
Recent Placements
President, North America
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Operating Partner, Beauty
Vice President, Sales
Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer; Group Vice President, Merchandising, 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
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief People Officer
President, US
Chief Executive Officer
Recent Placements
Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Development Officer
Vice President, Global Marketing, Lifestyle & Luxury
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Board Member
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (promoted from placement)
Chief Retail Officer
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer; Vice President, Digital
Recent Placements
Operating Partner, Beauty
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Development Officer
PacSun: Chief Merchandising Officer, Head of Ecommerce; Eddie Bauer: Vice President, Design
Chief Executive Officer
Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Merchandising Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Chief Operations Officer
Chief Financial Officer; Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Customer Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Production Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer

Our Perspective
& Press

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

American Pacific Group bought SaltStick, a maker of electrolytereplacement products for endurance athletes. They plan to create a rollupcalled RoadRunner Holdings.

People News

Ikdeep Singh joined Mars to run their pet nutrition businessin North America. He was at L’Oréal and P&G.

Transaction News

Hershey sold Krave jerky back to its founder, who is now atSonoma Brands. The chocolate giant got a lot less than the $219 million theypaid for the brand in 2015.

People News

Sue Nabi is joining Coty as CEO. She was at L’Oreal for 20years before co-founding Orveda, a vegan skin care brand.

People News

Jie Cheng joined Mondelez as the global head of e-commerce.She was at Philips, Campbell Soup, Hershey, and Danone.

Transaction News

L’Oreal is buying Thayer’s Natural Remedies, a 173-year-old maker oftoners and other skin care products.

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