E.A. Hughes & Co.


E.A. Hughes & Co. integrates a deep and robust industry experience with a uniquely personal approach to retail and consumer executive search, founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes. We are an IRC Global Executive Search Partner, which is ranked as the world’s largest executive search alliance in 46 countries with 82 offices and 350 search consultants. Our sole mission is to help clients put the best executive team in place. As citizens of the global industry sectors we serve, we have the expertise to guide our clients on winning structures, positions and people that will excel their businesses.

Our clients in retail, restaurants, hospitality, consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, health & wellness, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries, recognize the need for our high-touch, insightful and candid approach that only industry-insider executive search partners can provide.

Our clients consistently cite us as high-integrity, passionate, innovative, candid, and relentless at winning. The arc of our approach sweeps far beyond the traditional search process to true executive search partners. We strive to capture and translate industry trends into opportunities which can be captured by a carefully selected team.We are consistently cited as a search leader in our industry sectors and are frequently called upon by industry executives and press alike for our opinions.

E.A. Hughes’ distinctive approach ensures the optimal alignment between talent and goals. Cultural fit is critical and when selecting candidates, we go behind the resume, considering chemistry and fit within your organization in addition to experience and accomplishment. Diversity is ingrained and effortless – both in our teams and in our mindset.

“When you partner with E.A. Hughes, you are guaranteed straight talk and timely results. To them, retail executive search is more than an isolated transaction. They want to understand the entire enterprise, its strategy, its culture and its inter-relationships to ensure that the infusion of talent will further our business goals.” – CEO & Board Member-Public Company




E.A. Hughes Bob Marchant Head L.A. Office

E.A. Hughes Names Head of Los Angeles Office

Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. has appointed Bob Marchant as vice president and director of its Los Angeles office. “Patience pays off, and after knowing of Bob and his unique consultative abilities for many years I am very happy that he decided to join the E.A. Hughes family,” said Elaine Hughes, CEO of E.A. Hughes

E.A. Hughes & Co. Places Chief Digital Officer at Citizen Watch America

Executive search firm E.A. Hughes & Co. has placed former Ralph Lauren executive Barbara Garces as chief digital officer (CDO) of Citizen Watch America. Recruiting partner Ann MacCarthy led the assignment. In this new role, Ms. Garces will lead the development and implementation of the company’s digital strategy across all Citizen Watch brands, including Citizen, Bulova, Caravelle, Frederique Constant, and

IRC Adds Cabot and EA Hughes as Member Firms

IRC Global Executive Search Partners (IRC) has added Cabot Consultants and E.A. Hughes as its newest member firms. Founded in 1991 by Elaine Hughes, E.A. Hughes serves clients in the retail and consumer apparel, home furnishings, beauty, digital, e-commerce, footwear and other industries. The firm is based in New York City. Cabot Consultants is based in McLean, VA and led by managing partner Tom