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 Recruits First Chief People Officer for Orvis

Chief people officers continue to step up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping organizations navigate their way forward. Executive recruiters across the business landscape report that searches for these C-suite executives will only continue to rise as the workplace transitions. For some organizations this is a new role: New York-based

Herbert Mines Associates Recruits Chief Merchandising Officer for BJ’s Wholesale Club 

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Rachael Vegas as chief merchandising officer for BJ’s Wholesale Club. She will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s merchandising and assortment planning and allocation functions, and will report to Paul Cichocki, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We

Five Top Characteristics of Top Cannabis Executives

The cannabis industry has seen extraordinary growth of late due to increasing decriminalization and legalization across many states. In 2020, cannabis sales hit a record $17.5 billion, which was a 46 percent increase from 2019. Market analysts project that the cannabis industry could skyrocket to $100 billion in the U.S. by 2030. Cannabis is legal

Herbert Mines Fills Board Positions for The Container Store

New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates recently partnered with The Container Store Group in the recruitment of Anthony Laday, CFO of Fogo de Chão, and Nicole Otto, former VP of Nike Direct North America, as new members of its board of directors. They will be officially elected as class ii directors

Press Releases

Sperry Names Chief Marketing Officer

(Nov. 18, 2020) Sperry, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, appointed Elizabeth Drori as its CMO. Most recently, she was head of marketing for Walmart’s fashion business. While at Walmart, Drori launched new and high-profile fashion brands including Scoop, Free Assembly and Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara, and oversaw performance marketing driving double-digit growth on Walmart.com.

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