August 18, 2016 – Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting has opened a new office in Philadelphia. Ann Gratz, managing director, and Lynne Leger, senior vice president, will lead the new office. Together, they bring a combination of retail, consumer products and service sector knowledge to the new location.
“Clients demand that an executive search firm understand their aspirations, share their values and appreciate their desire for a full-bodied search process within a measured timeframe,” said Kim Villeneuve, Centerstone CEO. “Ann and Lynne are hyper-focused on the delivery of great talent. Centerstone has the national reach, deep access to executive talent and consistently delivers standout placements.”
Over her 25-year career as a retail executive and partner in the search industry, Ms. Gratz honed her ability to identify leaders possessing a combination of character, style, skill and experience best correlated with achieving business results. Prior to joining Centerstone, she served as senior vice president of human resources for David’s Bridal, where she was responsible for the company’s overall people strategy, organizational alignment and all aspects of the human resources function.
In her own 25 year-plus career in the retail and consumer packaged goods sectors, Ms. Leger held senior and executive positions in store operations, consumer insights and marketing strategy with companies including Lane Bryant, David’s Bridal, Borders Books, EMI Music, and DMI Music Strategy.
“Ann and Lynne share my passion for creating customer / employee centric teams that work collaboratively to deliver an experience that fully engages and mobilizes customers as brand advocates while delivering great business results. This passion is reflected in the high quality of partnership and talent Centerstone Philadelphia will uniformly deliver,” said Brigitte Cooperman, creator – retail impact group and former chief operating officer for Urban Outfitters.
Centerstone is a national search firm with additional offices in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Charleston. The firm focuses on consumer products and services recruiting across the retail, wholesale, digital / e-commerce, hospitality and healthcare sectors.
Dr. Villeneuve founded Centerstone in 1998 after serving as a managing partner in a boutique executive search firm that was acquired by Korn Ferry. She has placed CEOs and executive teams and built boards for companies ranging from new ventures to Fortune 500 firms. Some of her clients include Nordstrom; ULTA, Warnaco; DISH; Au Bon Pain; Jamba Juice; Sodexo; Bright Now! Dental; Johnson & Johnson; Redbox; Calvin Klein; Brooks, Starbucks; and CIGNA.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media