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Dave Hardie

Managing Director

"The key to finding exceptional leaders is setting the bar high and then being passionate about over-delivering. My approach is to cast a wide net without a lot of artificial restrictions, followed by being exceptionally thorough in understanding each prospective candidate."


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Dave came to HMA from Heidrick & Struggles, where he led the consumer products practice for North America.

Prior to his executive search career, Dave spent 20 years in marketing and general management roles with leading consumer companies. Most recently, he led marketing for Kodak's consumer business in North America. Before that, he ran the cookie business for Nabisco. Dave began his career at Procter & Gamble, followed by E&J Gallo.

Dave graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, where he earned a B.S. in Management Science. He and his wife have two young adult sons.  Dave’s personal passions include Duke basketball and athletic competition, including placing 8th in his age division at the global 2019 CrossFit Games.


Dave joined Herbert Mines Associates as a Managing Director in 2003. He leads the firm’s consumer products practice and works with selected retail and restaurant clients. Dave's diverse executive search experience includes CEOs, board directors, general managers, and a range of functional heads. A significant majority of his search work is for small-to-midsized companies, especially ones owned by private equity sponsors.

Areas of expertise

• Board Directors
• Marketing
• Sales
• Finance
• Consumer Packaged Goods

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