Kirk Palmer Associates


Founded in 1987 by an industry expert with a true passion for retail, Kirk Palmer Associates is composed entirely of retail and fashion industry veterans uniquely qualified to leverage their first-hand knowledge and insider credibility to deliver the R.I.G.H.T. results. With the deep network and resources of a large firm, and the hands-on personal touch and service of a boutique firm, we’ve placed more than 1000 CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, and other senior executives at over 200 retail and wholesale companies across all channels, sectors and functional areas.

Our laser focus on the retail and fashion industries allows us to understand the nuances of a particular search. We partner with each client and immerse ourselves in their brand identity and business strategy. We then apply our functional expertise in order to distill the key metrics that will be needed to find the right fit.

Our search services include candidate engagement and assessment, 360° referencing, candidate onboarding and pre-acquisition management assessment.

When it comes to picking the right candidate for the job, it’s all about finding the right fit. We don’t just assess talent, we spend time up front getting to know and understand a company’s unique culture within the context of its business. We are then able to confidently and effectively talk to senior level candidates about the position, providing leadership and a transparent point-of-view for everyone involved throughout the process.

Completed Searches


Kirk Palmer Associates Opens London Office and Launches a Creative/Design Practice

NEW YORK, January 10, 2017 — Kirk Palmer Associates, the leading executive search firm serving the retail, consumer/wholesale and fashion industries has hired Caroline Pill as Vice President, based in London and Alex Montefalco, Head of Creative, based in New York. Caroline Pill was most recently Vice President, Executive Recruitment at Karen Harvey Consulting where she was responsible

Joel Oblonsky Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nine West and Bandolino Division

NEW YORK, January 9, 2017 — Nine West Holdings, Inc. (“Nine West Holdings” or “the Company”) today announced the appointment of Joel Oblonsky as Chief Executive Officer of the Nine West and Bandolino division, effective immediately. Mr. Oblonsky, a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in Footwear and Accessories, will be responsible for

Delta Galil Names Paula Schneider CEO of DG Premium Brands

NEW YORK, October 18, 2016 — Delta Galil Industries Ltd. has tapped Paula Schneider, former chief executive officer of American Apparel, as CEO of DG Premium Brands, responsible for Seven For All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss. Susan Kellogg, who has served as president of DG Premium Brands, will remain with the company as a consultant until the

Lacrosse Unlimited Reels in Michael Kors E-Commerce Talent

NEW YORK, October 10, 2016 — Lacrosse Unlimited hired Jeanette Miller to the role of VP of e-commerce. Most recently, Miller served as VP of e-commerce and customer relations manager for Michael Kors Inc. Prior to Michael Kors, Miller worked for Coach Inc., where she led the company’s consumer insights efforts. In her new role at Lacrosse Unlimited,

Academy Sports + Outdoors Names Michelle Gloeckler EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer and President of Academy International Limited

KATY, TX, August 3, 2016 — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, named Michelle J. Gloeckler Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and President of Academy International Limited, its global sourcing entity, effective August 29, 2016. Michelle, 50, joins Academy after seven years with Walmart U.S. where she