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)

    Macy's logo
  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)

    footlocker logo
  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)

    Stuart Weitzman

    Wendy Kahn

    Chief Executive Officer & Brand President
    (2016 to present)

    Stuart Weitzman logo

Experts in
Executive Search

Our Focus

Herbert Mines Associates is the executive search firm trusted to find leaders.  Our approach is defined by expert knowledge of the retail and consumer products industry, access to the talent pool, and a hands-on, consultative process. 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 combine the focus of a boutique firm with the capabilities of a global organization and pride ourselves on long-term partnerships with respected clients, who rely on our expertise for their on-going executive talent strategies.

Performing Executive Searches for the Following :

Functional Expertise
Ownership Type
  • 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 Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • General Management
  • Customer Experience
  • Digital
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Operations
  • Product Development / Design / Creative
  • Public Relations / Communications
  • Real-Estate
  • Retail Operations
  • Sales / Business Development
  • Sourcing / Production
  • Supply Chain
  • Publicly Held
  • Private Equity Backed
  • Privately Held
  • Founder/Family Held

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.