Changing the
Retail Landscape for 40 Years

Our History

Herbert Mines Associates was founded in 1978 by Herb Mines. Herb had one goal: 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 25 years, Hal has solidified Herbert Mines Associates as the premier executive search brand by artfully evolving and expanding our practice into omni-channel, direct-to-consumer, digital, consumer products, hospitality and leisure sectors for publicly-traded, private equity backed, founder-owned and privately-held businesses and brands worth $10 million to $50 billion. Having completed over 2,600 searches over Hal’s tenure, we hold the distinction of being the number one search firm exclusively focused on retail and consumer companies and are ranked one of the top 15 search firms in the Americas.

timeline of notable placements
  1. Filene's

    Michael Babcock

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1981 to 1987)

  2. Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy's, Inc.)

    Allen Questrom

    Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
    (1990 to 1997)

    Sak's Fifth Avenue

    Phillip Miller

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1990 to 2001)

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  3. 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)

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  4. Signet Jewelers Limited

    Terry Burman

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer:
    Sterling Jewelers, U.S. Division of Signet
    (1995 to 2000)


    Chief Executive Officer:
    Signet Jewelers Limited
    (2000 to 2011)

  5. Guess?, Inc.

    Carlos Alberini

    Chief Operating Officer
    (2000 to 2010)

    Barneys New York Inc.

    Howard Socol

    (2000 to 2008)

  6. Barneys New York Inc.

    Mark Lee

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2010 to 2017)

  7. Eddie Bauer

    Michael “Mike” Egeck

    Chief Executive Officer
    (June 2012 to present)

  8. ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.

    Mary Dillon

    Chief Executive Officer
    (July 2013 to present)

  9. Five Below, Inc.

    Joel Anderson

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (July 2014 to present)

  10. Chico’s FAS, Inc.

    Shelley Broader

    Chief Executive Officer, President & Director
    (2015 to present)

  11. Victoria's Secret

    Jan Singer

    Chief Executive Officer
    (2016 to present)

  12. Macy’s Inc.

    Hal Lawton

    (2017 to present)

  13. Herbert Mines Associates

    Celebrating 40 Years


    Warby Parker

    Sandy Gilsenan

    Head of Retail (2018 to present)

Giving Back

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