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 29 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. The Container Store

    Satish Malhotra

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (Effective February 2021)

  2. Regis Corporation

    Felipe Athayde

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (October 2020 to Present)

  3. Chico's FAS

    Molly Langenstein

    Chief Executive Officer & President
    (HMA Placed as President, Apparel Group in 2019)

  4. Burlington

    Michael O’Sullivan

    Chief Executive Officer
    (September 2019 to Present)


    Carrie Tharp

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

  5. 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)

  6. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

    Fran Horwitz

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

  7. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

    Kristin Scott

    Brand President:
    (2016 to Present)

  8. Five Below, Inc.

    Joel Anderson

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (July 2014 to Present)

  9. ULTA Beauty Inc.

    Mary Dillon

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2013 to Present)

  10. The Children's Place Inc.

    Jane Elfers

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (2010 to Present)

  11. Guess?, Inc.

    Carlos Alberini

    Chief Operating Officer
    (2000 to 2010)

  12. The Neiman Marcus Group

    Burton Tansky

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    (1994 to 2010)

    Foot Locker, INC.

    Roger Farah

    Chairman (1994 to 2000)
    Chief Executive Officer (1994 to 1999)

  13. Sak's Fifth Avenue

    Phillip Miller

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1990 to 2001)

  14. Filene's

    Michael Babcock

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1981 to 1987)

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our commitment to diversity extends to our own firm with 80% of our team being women or people of color.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 candidate slates have diversity represented, resulting in 50% of our executive placements being women or people of color. And, of the retail companies in the Fortune 1000, there are currently thirteen female Chief Executive Officers. HMA has placed the external Chief Executive Officer hire and two of the internally promoted placements for a total of three female Chief Executive Officers.

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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.