Morisey-Dart Group Names Search Practice Leader

April 28, 2017 – Southwest Florida-based executive search firm The Morisey-Dart Group has expanded with the addition of Mickey Kampsen as director of recruitment services for global sourcing & merchandising. In her new role, she will lead the firm’s recently established global sourcing and merchandising search team that will focus on hardlines, softlines, and food retail companies.

She previously served as president and founder of two MRINetwork franchise offices — Management Recruiters of Charlottesville and MRI of Thousand Oaks California (the first office she opened in 1998) — and has over 30 years of experience in executive search and 20 years in the retail global sourcing and merchandising sector. She is recognized nationally for placing retail professionals and served in other roles within the MRINetwork before becoming a franchise owner that included account executive and field operations where she helped set up new offices on the West Coast.

“We’re excited to be growing again —the affiliation with Mickey makes retail a natural fit for that growth. She is a well-known and respected thought leader in the retail space throughout the executive search industry,” said managing partner Dave Dart.

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The Morisey-Dart Group is a specialist firm focused in a number of areas, including residential, commercial & heavy highway/civil construction, medical device manufacturing, banking & finance, health information systems, managed services, retail global sourcing & merchandising, 3D printing, and precision machining & manufacturing industries.

Retail Sector Challenges for 2017

Recruiters say retailers are facing major shifts in their businesses that call for ‘unprecedented responses’ by CEOs who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity. According to Korn Ferry, developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail, and the unpredictable pace of change in consumer shopping habits all affect the type of leader retailers need.

Global retail is challenging, and rapidly evolving and changing, said Sonia Prais, a partner in the retail, beauty & lifestyle practice group at executive search firm Ward Howell International. “Millennials and their older peers are all seeking faster and more immediate gratification due to the swift rise in social media in recent years,” she said. “As consumers, that has led them to expect an optimum user experience and outstanding customer service, all of which heaps pressure onto the sector.”

According to recruiters, demand for proven retail executives remains high and change agents are some of the most highly sought after C-suite leaders in the space. Winning retailers, said Ms. Prais, will continue to look broader and further outside the traditional retail targets to introduce dynamic, innovative strategic thinkers into their businesses.

In response, search firms have been bulking up their retail recruiting practices since the start of the year. Here are a few examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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