About Us

Herbert Mines Associates is the largest retained executive search firm focused exclusively on consumer and retail industries. Our ‘Search for Leadership’ tagline truly defines Herbert Mines Associates in terms of what we do and how we think about our work. We are passionate about solving the “leadership puzzle” by delivering innovative talent solutions through a high-touch experience.

Our dedicated focus on solving leadership needs through senior level executive search, talent benchmarking, and CEO/C-Suite succession planning enables us to have a unique perspective relative to the dynamic marketplace realities facing our clients and the evolving talent landscape. We are valued for the trusted relationships we have with executives known for their inspiring leadership and impactful performances, which enables us to bring insightful knowledge and unparalleled access to our clients as we immerse ourselves in their strategic agenda and cultural requirements. Each project we embark on is managed by proven search professionals selected for their unique industry and functional expertise.

Herbert Mines Associates is the executive search firm trusted to find transformative leaders. Our approach is defined by expert knowledge of the industries we serve, unparalleled access to the talent pool, and a hands-on, consultative process. Due to our unique access to the most impactful and future-minded executives across the consumer-facing landscape, we are able to help our clients assemble teams that create impactful legacies.  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 pride ourselves on long-term partnerships with respected clients, who rely on our expertise for their ongoing senior level executive talent strategies.

At Herbert Mines Associates, every search is inclusive of all qualified talent. In terms of our results over the past two years, 50% of our Board Director placements have been women and/or people of color and 44% of our executive placements have been women and/or people of color. And, of the retail companies in the Fortune 1000, we are proud to say that Herbert Mines Associates has placed four of the eleven female Chief Executive Officers. Our commitment to diversity extends to our own firm with 75% of our team being women or people of color. Our company culture and value proposition are derived from the unique perspectives and experiences of our talented team and our commitment to quality work. Ensuring a curious, dynamic, and inclusive environment is a fundamental component of our business model.

For over 42 years, Herbert Mines Associates has operated as a trusted adviser and strategic partner working with clients to evolve, upgrade and facilitate their senior-level talent agendas. We have a long history of advising private equity investors on executive talent within their portfolio companies and potential acquisitions. We have partnered with over 116 leading private equity firms to recruit leaders whose skills align with the sponsor’s growth and exit strategy.

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Our dedicated focus on solving leadership needs through senior level executive search, talent benchmarking, and CEO/C-Suite succession planning enables us to have a unique perspective relative to the dynamic marketplace realities facing our clients and the evolving talent landscape.

We are valued for the trusted relationships we have with executives known for their inspiring leadership and impactful performances, which enables us to bring insightful knowledge and unparalleled access to our clients as we immerse ourselves in their strategic agenda and cultural requirements. Each project we embark on is managed by proven search professionals selected for their unique industry and functional expertise.

Solutions And Expertise

Herbert Mines Associates is the executive search firm trusted to find transformative leaders. Our approach is defined by expert knowledge of the industries we serve, unparalleled access to the talent pool, and a hands-on, consultative process. Due to our unique access to the most impactful and future-minded executives across the consumer-facing landscape, we are able to help our clients assemble teams that create impactful legacies.

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Cloud Based
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Internet
  • Luxury
  • Mobile
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Investor Relations
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Herbert Mines Assists Tandy Leather Factory in CFO Search

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed Steve Swank as the new chief financial officer of Tandy Leather Factory. President Brenda Malloy and managing director Adelle Kirk led the assignment. Michael Galvan, the company’s interim CFO, will remain with Tandy through the completion of the restatement and in a consulting

Herbert Mines Assists Sprouts Farmers Market in Chief Marketing Officer Search

Following a nationwide search, New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed Gil Phipps as the new senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sprouts Farmers Market in Phoenix, AZ. President Brenda Malloy led the search along with managing director Alison Weil and vice president Caitlin Kenefick. “We’re extremely pleased

On the Talent Front Line: COVID-19 and the Consumer Industry

Herbert Mines Associates is a veteran search firm serving retail and consumer clients, and that expertise is giving them a unique vantage point in seeing the impact that COVID-19 is having across a wide range of industries, including: grocery; home, apparel and other retail; restaurants, hotels and other hospitality; digital pureplay; fitness and other consumer

Herbert Mines Associates Assists CEC Entertainment in CEO Search

Retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has placed David McKillips as the new CEO of CEC Entertainment Inc., operators of Chuck E. Cheese. He replaces Tom Leverton, who recently resigned. “David is a proven executive with a lifetime of experience and success in the family entertainment industry, both domestically and around the world,” said

Press Releases

The Five Traits of a Digital Game Changer

June 18, 2019 – Arguably no other industry has felt the impact of digital disruption more than retail and consumer facing businesses. The seemingly impossible is now reality. Look no further than Amazon’s free one day delivery for Prime Members, powered by drones. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly more important for the leaders of consumer

Five Key Observations on the Evolution of the Strategy Role

June 6, 2019 – There is no debating that a well-defined strategy helps a company design and activate a path to growth and profitability. Yet amidst heightened competition and increased advances in innovation, the retail industry has some of the highest degrees of variability in how a company defines, organizes and activates the “strategy” function.

The Future of Voice Commerce

December 17, 2018 – According to a study by Voicebot.ai earlier this year, 47.3 million U.S. adults have access to a smart speaker, and recent Consumer Technology Association numbers show that approximately one in eight Americans have bought a smart speaker or given one as a gift. As much as 71 percent of smart speaker owners use

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The C-Suite Dilemma: Delivering Talent in an Age of Accelerated Transformation
At Herbert Mines Associates we are privileged to work with top retail and consumer companies helping to deliver innovative C-Suite talent solutions.

Greene Turtle names new CEO, president
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has named Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion as president and CEO to succeed Bob Barry, who is stepping down from the role, the company said Tuesday.

Burlington Stores, Inc. Announces Leadership Succession Plan
Burlington Stores, Inc. today announced a leadership succession plan to guide the Company’s continued growth and success.

Kohl’s Doug Howe: A Master of the Balancing Act
As chief merchandising officer, Doug Howe is at the top of the food chain when it comes to determining what appears on the selling floors at Kohl’s.