February 27, 2023 – New York-based retail and consumer focused executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has expanded with the addition of Lindsay Alexander as vice president. In her new position, she will focus senior-level searches within the beauty and consumer brands.
Ms. Alexander brings over 16 years of experience in finance, operations, and strategy leadership roles at consumer-facing brands including beauty, food, and consumables, and health and wellness businesses. She began her career as a strategy and operations management consultant. Ms. Alexander joined the firm from the Estée Lauder Companies where she worked closely with senior leadership to set and accelerate the agenda for the brand portfolio to deliver results. Prior to that, Ms. Alexander held business development and operations roles at consumer-facing start-ups in the multi-unit food and consumables and the health and wellness sectors. Earlier in her career she was a key member of the Strategic Planning Group at American Express and was a strategy and operations consultant for the global management consulting firm Kearney.
Today, Ms. Alexander is focused on driving high-level search assignments across consumer products and retail. She brings experience across consumer-driven brands and retailers, specifically in the areas of general management, finance, strategy, digital, and operations. She has partnered with senior leaders to transform functions as well as stand up new capabilities. Her areas of expertise include general management, finance, strategy and operations, consumer brands, and retail. Ms. Alexander holds an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Established in 1978, Herbert Mines is a specialist search firm focusing on the retail, fashion and apparel, beauty, consumer products and services, hospitality, leisure, restaurant, and digital/technology industries. The firm is noted for its C-suite recruiting work and has 3,600 searches.
Herbert Mines Assists RugsUSA with CEO Search
Herbert Mines Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Alyssa Steele as the new CEO of RugsUSA, an E-commerce retailer and supplier of area rugs and home décor products. RugsUSA’s interim CEO Dinesh Lathi will continue with the company and return to his prior role as chairman of the board of directors. “We are thrilled to have an executive of Alyssa’s caliber join the RugsUSA team,” said Mr. Lathi. “Alyssa’s impressive track record at best-in-class companies combined with her passion for delivering for customers makes her the perfect candidate to drive growth and lead RugsUSA. I look forward to working with her as I transition back to my role as chairman of the board.”
“Alyssa’s retail and E-commerce background coupled with her proven ability to drive successful go-to-market strategies will help RugsUSA continue to delight customers and grow profitably,” said Christine Wang and Alan Ni, partners at Francisco Partners and lead investors in RugsUSA. “We thank Dinesh for his interim leadership of the company and look forward to his continued contributions as he returns to his role as chairman of the board.”
Brenda Malloy is the president of Herbert Mines. She brings over 40 years of experience to Herbert Mines Associates. During her career, she has authored numerous articles on retail CEO succession, omnichannel leadership, in addition to being a featured speaker at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention in New York City. Working with leading retailers at the senior most levels to assemble winning leadership teams, Ms. Malloy primarily recruits board directors, CEOs, and their direct reports for publicly traded, privately held and private equity backed companies spanning vertical specialty, lifestyle and branded retail, off-price/value, grocery, hardlines, mass, and the specialty department store sectors.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media