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 board director, 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 diverse and 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.

For over 44 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 180 leading private equity firms to recruit leaders whose skills align with the sponsor’s growth and exit strategy.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At Herbert Mines Associates, every search is inclusive of all qualified talent. Special efforts are made to identify diversity candidates. 98% of our candidate slates have diversity represented, resulting in 50% of our executive placements being women or people of color. And, of the retail companies in the Fortune 1000, there are currently thirteen female CEOs. 92% were promoted internally. HMA has placed ALL OF the external placements and two of the internally promoted placements for a total of three female CEOs. HMA placed the external CEO hire and two of the internally promoted placements for a total of three female CEOs.

Our commitment to diversity extends to our own firm with 80% 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.

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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
  • Beauty
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Grocery & Food Services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Omni-Channel Retail
  • Restaurants
  • 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 Associates Recruits CEO for Vera Bradley

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Jacqueline Ardrey as president and chief executive officer of NASDAQ-traded Vera Bradley Inc. She replaces retiring president and CEO Robert Wallstrom, who will work closely with Ms. Ardrey through December to ensure a smooth transition. “Jackie Ardrey is a highly accomplished

Herbert Mines Associates Appoints CEO

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has named president Brenda Malloy as CEO, effective at the start of 2023. Current chairman and CEO Hal Reiter will remain as chairman. In her new role, Ms. Malloy will be responsible for the strategic growth of the firm. Ms. Malloy is only the third

Herbert Mines Assists Invited in Finding New CHRO

Chief human resources officers have become critical stakeholders in defining the strategy of a company. Their job description calls for them to tackle the HR challenges and evolving expectations of a dynamic workplace environment that will consist of constant change, calculated risk-taking, and evolving expectations from top stakeholders. Those well-equipped to achieve the greatest success

Herbert Mines Recruits Chief Merchant Officer for Merrell

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of industry veteran Sumi Scott as the chief merchant officer for Merrell, a leading outdoor performance and lifestyle brand. “We’re thrilled to welcome Sumi to Merrell – we believe her extensive experience, merchant mindset, and passion for the outdoors is

Press Releases

The Container Store Group, Inc. Nominates Two New Class II Directors

(June 7, 2021) On May 26, 2021, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of The Container Store Group, Inc. (NYSE: TCS) (the “Company”) nominated Anthony Laday, Chief Financial Officer of Fogo de Chão, and Nicole Otto, former VP of Nike Direct North America, for election as Class II Directors at the 2021 Annual Meeting of

National Vision Welcomes Roger Francis as Chief Stores Officer, Announces Planned Retirement of Sharon Petitt

(April 20, 2021) National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eye care and eyewear, today announced the selection of Roger Francis as Chief Stores Officer, effective May 3, 2021. Francis will report to Reade Fahs, Chief Executive Officer, and will oversee operations for more than 1,200

Yukon Wellness Holdings LLC Strengthens Investment Leadership with Chris Marschall as New CEO

(Feb. 22, 2021) Yukon Wellness Holdings LLC (“Yukon Wellness”), the newly established holding company of consumer wellness brands and the parent company of vitamin/mineral nutritional supplement-provider Eu Natural, today announced that industry leader Chris Marschall has joined the company as CEO. Marschall will help guide Yukon Wellness in its mission to create a leading consumer

Former Coty Exec Joins Beauty Manufacturer Maesa as CEO

(Jan. 28, 2021) Gianni Pieraccioni, a former Coty Inc. executive, is joining private-label beauty manufacturer Maesa as chief executive officer. Maesa makes private-label beauty lines for retailers including Target Corp., Dollar General, Ulta Beauty and Walmart Inc., as well as Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty, TPH by Taraji and Kristin Ess’ hair care line. Pieraccioni takes