About Us

E.A. Hughes & Co. integrates a deep and robust industry experience with a uniquely personal approach to retail and consumer executive search, founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes. The firm is an IRC Global Executive Search Partner, which is ranked as the world’s largest executive search alliance in 46 countries with 82 offices and 350 search consultants. Its sole mission is to help clients put the best executive team in place. As citizens of the global industry sectors they serve, the firm has the expertise to guide clients on winning structures, positions and people that will excel their businesses.

The firm’s clients in retail, restaurants, hospitality, consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, health & wellness, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries, recognize the need for E.A. Hughes’ high-touch, insightful and candid approach that only industry-insider executive search partners can provide.

E.A. Hughes’ distinctive approach ensures the optimal alignment between talent and goals. Cultural fit is critical and when selecting candidates, they go behind the resume, considering chemistry and fit within your organization in addition to experience and accomplishment. Diversity is ingrained and effortless – both in its teams and in its mindset.


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Members of the firm’s executive search team are citizens of the industry sectors they serve. As such, the firm brings its unique insight, deep and robust industry experience and relationships to the benefit of each client.

As founder and leader of the team, Elaine Hughes’ reputation in the marketplace – high-touch, high-integrity, insightful and candid approach – makes the E.A. Hughes team more attractive to people in the industry than the larger firms and smaller boutique firms alike.

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Solutions And Expertise

E.A. Hughes & Co. integrates a deep and robust industry experience with a uniquely personal approach to retail and consumer executive search, founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Services
  • Global Markets
  • Industrial
  • Investment Banking
  • Luxury
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Supply Chain
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
  • Venture Capital
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Investor Relations
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Research & Develop.
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

E.A. Hughes Recruits Chief Merchant for J. C. Penney

Retail specialists E.A. Hughes & Co. has placed Michelle Wlazlo as executive vice president and chief merchant of the J. C. Penney Co. She will report directory to CEO Jill Soltau. Ms. Wlazlobrings 30 years of merchandising and stores experience to J.C. Penney from a variety of respected apparel and accessory retailers. Most recently, she served as senior

E.A. Hughes Names Head of Los Angeles Office
E.A. Hughes Bob Marchant Head L.A. Office

Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. has appointed Bob Marchant as vice president and director of its Los Angeles office. “Patience pays off, and after knowing of Bob and his unique consultative abilities for many years I am very happy that he decided to join the E.A. Hughes family,” said Elaine Hughes, CEO of E.A. Hughes

E.A. Hughes & Co. Places Chief Digital Officer at Citizen Watch America

Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. has placed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as chief digital officer (CDO) of Citizen Watch America. Recruiting partner Ann MacCarthy led the assignment. In this new role, Ms. Garces will lead the development and implementation of the company’s digital strategy across all Citizen Watch brands, including Citizen, Bulova, Caravelle, Frederique Constant, and

IRC Adds Cabot and EA Hughes as Member Firms

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Cabot Consultants and E.A. Hughes as its newest member firms. Founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes, E.A. Hughes serves clients in the retail and consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries. The firm is based in New York City. Cabot Consultants is based in McLean, VA and led by managing partner Tom