April 12, 2019 – Competition among consumer companies has never been fiercer. Customers are shopping in new and sometimes non-traditional ways as mass-market retailers offer designer goods, brick and mortar staples are available on-line and venerable brands spin off agile brand extensions. Consumer companies are also keen to capitalize on the potential of emerging and high-growth markets. All this makes it vital for businesses to have the right leaders in place.
To help fill that need, Portland, OR-headquartered executive search firm Noto Group has expanded with the addition of Sara Spirko as a senior executive recruiter. New to the search industry, Ms. Spirko brings 15 years of talent acquisition, brand portfolio management and operations experience from Godiva, Mars Inc. and Gibson Guitar Corp.
“Sara is a compelling fit with our client base and her level of expertise will add to our team’s capabilities,” said Roy Notowitz, founder and president of Noto Group. “It is rare to find someone at Sara’s level who has both a passion for executive search and years of experience working cross-functionally within world-class consumer packed good businesses.”
“Sara is already making an immediate impact within our firm, creating more value and efficiency in our process by leveraging her deep knowledge of lean and agile principles,” he said.
“As a purpose-driven firm, Noto Group’s mission is to invest in the growth and betterment of business, people and the world,” Mr. Notowitz said. The firm exclusively represents innovative brands and leaders who care about their employees and the world around them, a focus that mattered to Ms. Spirko.
“I was drawn to the firm’s values-driven approach, service-delivery model and impressive client list, which also happens to include some of my favorite brands,” Ms. Spirko said. “Noto Group has a reputation of excellence, using a creative and methodical approach that produces lasting results. I am excited to bring my business experience into the recruiting space, working alongside these amazing companies to bring in the best talent for their particular needs.”
Previously, Ms. Spirko served as global manager of talent projects at CSL Behring. Before that, she was global marketing innovation projects manager and brands marketing portfolio and projects manager with Mars Inc. She also gained experience as talent acquisitions manager at Gibson Brands.
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Noto Group is an executive search and consulting firm with expertise in recruiting for director, vice president and C-level roles. Its executive searches span business functions and channels within the outdoor, active performance, sporting goods, food and beverage, fashion and natural products.
Mr. Notowitz founded Noto Group in 2009. He advises his team as well as entrepreneurs, founders, executive teams, investors and boards of fast-growing mission-driven consumer brands and retailers nationwide. Mr. Notowitz maintains a pulse on trends in business strategy, leadership, recruiting and talent selection. His experience spans a wide range of disciplines, including: executive leadership, marketing, strategy, operations, finance, product creation, design, innovation, merchandising, supply chain and human resources. Prior to Noto Group, he was founder and managing partner of executive search firm Generator Group.
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