Elaine Hughes

Founder & CEO

Elaine Hughes, is the most trusted and successful professional in the consumer products executive search industry. For 25 years, the largest retailers and consumer products companies have turned to her in management crises and for her expertise in long-term management team building strategy.

Elaine’s credentials include years of real experience both on the inside and on the consulting/executive search side of the industry. This combination of experience has honed Elaine’s well-known ability to grasp the real needs of a business and match the executive candidate who has both the style and experience needed to create a winning fit.

After graduating from Hunter College, she received her MBA degree from Sacred Heart University. Elaine joined Springs Industries as the first female account executive in the Company’s apparel fabrics division. Elaine went on the marketing positions in the textile industry with Malden Mills and Blue Ridge Winkler textiles.

In 1991, after a term as partner in the executive search firm of Bader Hartley, Elaine founded E.A. Hughes & Company. Elaine was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Fairfield County Girl Scout Council. She is on the Board of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business of Fairfield University. She is a three-term board member of Women in Management, where, she initiated two programs: The WIM Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance to women who are attending college, working and raising families, and the WIM Mentorship Program, which assists high school teenagers with positive role models from business.

She a trustee of Bishop Kearney High School and on the advisory board of FIT’s Global Fashion Management program in the School of Graduate Studies.

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