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 Molly Adams President Famous Footwear

Kirk Palmer Associates Lands President for Famous Footwear

Retail-focused executive search firm Kirk Palmer Associates has recruited former Walt Disney executive Molly Adams as the new president of Famous Footwear. The company considered both internal and external candidates. Rick Ausick, who became president in 2009, is retiring this year as part of a planned succession. He will remain actively involved in day-to-day operations during the transition. “Molly

Kirk Palmer Associates Leading President Search for Famous Footwear

Famous Footwear recently announced that its president, Rick Ausick, will retire this year as part of a planned succession. The company has turned to retail-focused executive search firm Kirk Palmer Associates to find his replacement. Mr. Ausick will remain actively involved and participate in day-to-day operations during both the search and transition. “The Caleres board of directors and its

Kirk Palmer Associates Leading CEO Search for Destination Maternity

Retail-focused executive search firm Kirk Palmer Associates is leading the search for a new CEO for Destination Maternity in Moorestown, NJ. While the search is being completed, the company named Melissa Payner-Gregor, an independent director for the company, as interim CEO, effective immediately. Ms. Payner-Gregor succeeds Allen Weinstein, who held the interim role for four months. Mr. Weinstein took

Kirk Palmer Associates Expands Search Staff

Retail focused executive search firm Kirk Palmer Associates has added Caroline Pill as vice president in London and Alex Montefalco as head of creative in New York. Ms. Pill will be responsible for building the firm’s global business practice with clients in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Most recently, she served as vice president of


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