Delivering Game Changing Leaders for Over 40 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 25 years, Hal has solidified Herbert Mines Associates as the premier executive search brand by artfully evolving and expanding our practice into omni-channel, 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 3,500 searches over Hal’s tenure, we hold the distinction of being the number one search firm focused exclusively on consumer and retail industries.

timeline of notable placements
  1. Filene's

    Michael Babcock

    Chief Executive Officer
    (1981 to 1987)

  2. 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. Abercrombie & Fitch

    Stacia Andersen

    Brand President:
    Abercrombie & Abercrombie Kids
    (2016 to present)


    Kristin Scott

    Brand President:
    (2016 to present)

  11. Herbert Mines Associates

    Celebrating 40 Years


  12. Google

    Carrie Tharp

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


    Michael O’Sullivan

    Chief Executive Officer
    (September 2019 to Present)

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.