Julia Eakes serves as partner in the Retail and Consumer Practice Groups. Julia successfully transitioned from a 25 year career in industry to executive search based on her depth of expertise across the retail enterprise and her consultative approach to address the unique cultural and operating environment of her clients. She has built a solid reputation based on her partnering approach both with her clients and with other DHR partners.
Julia’s successful track record is based upon maintaining long term client partnerships. Her extensive network of relationships and depth of industry expertise provide a unique platform to partner effectively with her clients.
Her clients represent a combination of public and equity backed global and national retailers, consumer products, and venture backed startups to include, Under Armour, Planet Fitness, Finish Line, Conn’s Home Plus, Roark PE portfolio company, Family Dollar Stores, Floor & Décor (Ares Management) and PetSmart.
Julia’s experience in search covers all levels of senior management with particular emphasis on C-level searches. She champions our Diversity Practice and is successful in the placement of female talent in key leadership roles. Julia began her career in executive search in 2001 as a partner in the Atlanta office of Highland Partners.
Upon her relocation to California in 2003, Julia joined DHR International as the managing director of the Los Angeles office. In January of 2007 she supported the expansion of the DHR brand opening the San Francisco office. Prior to joining DHR International, Julia was a partner with KPMG Consulting for five years in the Consumer Markets practice where she focused on the retail industry in the areas of merchandising, supply chain, finance and operations.
Julia also spent 10 years with Deloitte as an executive vice president with the Garr Consulting Division also focused on the retail enterprise. Julia is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Business Administration and Education. She is involved in the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Retail Industry Leadership Association. She previously served on the board of directors for a publicly traded retail technology firm. She and her husband currently reside in Washington, DC area. She divides her time between the Washington, DC and New York City offices.