Trista McCarthy


Trista McCarthy has over 20 years of experience in executive search, human resources and brand marketing. Her delivery is global and cuts across multiple industries, with a focus on providing executive search and talent strategy consulting to clients in the Retail, CPG and Marketing Services categories.

Before joining JM Search, Trista was a partner at Roberts and Ryan, a boutique retained executive search firm, where she recruited executives across industries and functions. She joined Roberts and Ryan from SGK, a global marketing and brand delivery firm, where she built out a fully-scaled global talent acquisition delivery program as VP of Global Talent Acquisition. Prior to SGK, she held leadership roles at Maddock Douglas, an innovation consulting firm, and the Encore Group, a marketing-focused executive search firm. Trista began her career in marketing, branding, and account management, holding roles in the advertising, technology and nonprofit sectors.

Trista has personally experienced and supported numerous mergers and acquisitions and brings and empathetic approach to M&A due diligence and change management. She understands and appreciates how talent truly can make or break a successful business venture. Thanks to her rich and varied career path and multi-faceted business lens, she is able to help organizations achieve top business results by building and implementing talent strategies that align with their business strategies.

Notable consulting engagements have included the redesign of a global client’s Talent Delivery model and technology platform, Succession planning programs and Employer brand building. Notable searches have included Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Creative Officer, Global Growth Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Creative Directors, Managing Directors, SVP Business Development, SVP Client Engagement, Finance Executives, HR Executives, Business Process/Change Management Leaders, among others.

Trista is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and resides in Hinsdale, Illinois with her husband, Kevin, and their two children.