Delivering Game Changing Leaders for 44 Years

Our History

Herbert Mines Associates was founded in 1978 by Herbert Mines. Herb’s vision was to create the premier executive search firm for retail and consumer businesses worldwide. Hal Reiter, who joined the firm in 1993 as President, was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. Over the past 30 years, Hal has solidified Herbert Mines Associates as the premier executive search brand by artfully evolving and expanding our practice into omnichannel, digital, technology, beauty, health & wellness, restaurant, hospitality & leisure and the consumer products & services sectors for publicly-traded, private equity-backed, founder-owned and privately-held businesses and brands. Having completed over 3,600 searches over Hal’s tenure, we hold the distinction of being the number one search firm focused exclusively on the consumer and retail industries.

timeline of notable placements
  1. Laird Superfood

    Jason Vieth

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (Effective January 2022)

    The Shade Store

    Lauri Kien Kotcher

    Chief Executive Officer
    (October 2021 to Present)

  2. The Container Store

    Satish Malhotra

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (February 2021 to Present)

    Chico's FAS

    Molly Langenstein

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (April 2020 to Present)
    (HMA Placed as President, Apparel Group in 2019)

  3. Burlington

    Michael O’Sullivan

    Chief Executive Officer
    (September 2019 to Present)


    Carrie Tharp

    Head of Retail – Google Cloud
    (July 2019 to Present)

  4. Kohl's Corporation

    Michelle Gass

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2018 to Present)
    (HMA Placed as Chief Customer Officer in 2013)

    Eyemart Express

    Michael Bender

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (2018 to Present)

  5. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

    Fran Horwitz

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2017 to Present)
    (HMA Placed as Brand President in 2014)

  6. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

    Kristin Scott

    President, Global Brands
    (2018 to Present)
    (HMA Placed as Brand President in 2016)

  7. Five Below, Inc.

    Joel Anderson

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (July 2014 to Present)

  8. ULTA Beauty Inc.

    Mary Dillon

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2013 to 2021)

  9. The Children's Place Inc.

    Jane Elfers

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (2010 to Present)

  10. Guess?, Inc.

    Carlos Alberini

    Chief Operating Officer
    (2000 to 2010)

  11. Sak's Fifth Avenue

    Phillip Miller

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1990 to 2001)

Our Commitment to Diversity

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. 

98% of our searches represent a diverse candidate slate, resulting in 52% of our total placements being women or people of color and 87% of our Board Director placements. And, since 2018, there have been twenty-one female Chief Executive Officers in the retail Fortune 1,000. Herbert Mines Associates has placed five of them.

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Giving Back

Herbert Mines Associates is proud to support organizations that focus on giving to those in need. We are committed to our communities and have participated with and supported a number of causes over the years.