September 29, 2015 – Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Thomas Snyder as global practice managing partner – consumer markets. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Snyder joins Heidrick from boutique search firm Tillman Carlson, where he was owner and partner. Previously, he served for nearly 20 years as a partner with Spencer Stuart in its consumer goods & services search practice, where he focused on CEO, board and C-suite roles. He also led the firm’s Chicago office and Midwest region for several years.
Before he entered the search profession, Mr. Snyder served in numerous sales and marketing roles at leading consumer companies, including Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Coca-Cola and at ConAgra, where he was a divisional president.
“Tom’s wealth of experience as a leader in both executive search and industry will be especially valuable to our consumer markets clients,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, executive vice president – global practices for Heidrick & Struggles. “The complexity of leadership across the C-suite in the consumer sector has never been greater due to the transforming power of digital technology as well as ongoing consolidation across the sector.”
Heidrick & Struggles’ consumer markets practice includes consumer products, retail and apparel, media and entertainment, and hospitality and leisure orientations. Since 2008, the firm’s retail & apparel team has conducted more than 1,300 senior-level and board director assignments for the retail, fashion and luxury goods industries.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media