Julia Eakes serves as a Senior 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. With over ten years in executive search 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. 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’s passion is long term relationships with clients to build or rebuild the leadership teams across the enterprise versus single engagements.
Julia joined DHR International as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles, CA office and then supported the expansion of the DHR brand opening the San Francisco, CA office. Prior to joining DHR International, her industry experience includes consulting expertise as a Partner with KPMG Consulting and Deloitte in the Retail Consumer Markets practice, where she focused on supply chain, technology, finance and operations. In addition to her retail industry expertise, Julia started her career teaching Fashion Merchandising and has a passion for developing talent and mentoring.
Julia is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Business Administration and Education. She is involved in the NACD 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 the Washington, DC area. She divides her time between the Washington, DC and New York City, NY offices.