March 3, 2020 – Philadelphia-headquartered executive search firm Howard Fischer Associates has assisted meal kit subscription service Marley Spoon in the recruitment of Julie Marchant-Houle as its chief executive officer in the U.S.
“I am delighted to welcome Julie as our new U.S. CEO,” said Fabian Siegel, founder and CEO of Marley Spoon. “Julie comes with a strong background in running consumer products goods businesses in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Revlon and Hain Celestial. We are excited to have such a seasoned and successful industry expert join the team and we are looking forward to her leadership of our U.S. team.”
Ms. Marchant-Houle joins Marley Spoon with a deep understanding and demonstrated track record in scaling large consumer product goods businesses through strategic leadership, innovation and visionary thinking. Previously, she served as senior vice president and group managing director of the Hain Celestial Group. In this role, she had responsibility for the Hain Celestial personal care portfolio consisting of five brands (Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Jason Natural Products, Live Clean and Queen Helene) and the Better-For-You Snacks portfolio consisting of four brands (Sensible Portions, Terra, Garden of Eatin’ and Bearitos).
Before that, Ms. Marchant-Houle was vice president of marketing and global portfolio leader at Revlon. In this position, she led all brand building activity for Almay Cosmetics, a $200 million global brand distributed in more than 10 countries, including global P&L, global equity development, long range strategic planning, portfolio (innovation) planning and marketing strategy, and asset creation.
Based in Marley Spoon’s New York City headquarters, she will focus on business planning, leadership development and brand building.
Marley Spoon’s global mission is “to bring market-fresh and easy cooking back to the people while building a sustainable supply chain for a waste-free world.” Marley Spoon mails recipes and pre-portioned seasonal ingredients in one box, making it easy to cook a dinner at home. In 2016, Marley Spoon partnered with Martha Stewart and Sequential Brands Group Inc. to launch Martha & Marley Spoon, a meal kit delivery service featuring Martha Stewart’s award-winning recipes and smart cooking techniques.
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Howard Fischer Associates specializes in placing key executives in functional areas, including sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, operations, information technology, human resources, business development and finance. The firm has completed senior-level searches for clients that include: Acacia, Affirmed Networks, Airbnb, Aqua America, Blue Apron, BlueJeans Network, Bonobos, Casa Systems, Cloudera, Comcast, Discovery Communications, GitHub, Jefferson Health, Penn Mutual, Pepsi Cola & National Brand Beverages, RentPath, Rue La, Triumph Group, Twitter and UGI Utilities.
The firm, which also has offices in Silicon Valley, Chicago and Boston, is led by founder and president Howard Fischer. For 35 years, Mr. Fischer has consulted with CEOs, boards of directors and senior executives on the process of identifying, evaluating and attracting leaders.
Howard Fischer Associates also recently assisted W.F. Young Inc. in its hiring of Thierry Jean as president and CEO. W.F. Young Inc. is a global leader in animal health and wellness products. Mr. Jean comes to W.F. Young with a successful track record among Fortunes 200 and mid-sized private enterprises. Recently, Mr. Jean led the growth of the No. 1 organic snack brand in Canada, Prana Snacks (PE-backed), a mission-driven company expanding in the U.S. Under his leadership, the company grew over 40 percent in revenues.
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