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The convergence of wellness, sustainability and digitalization on retail and consumer products in Asia
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As consumers become more and more sophisticated and digitalization continues to accelerate, the way consumers shop and behave is undergoing a fundamental transformation. The use of mobile and online channels has reached a tipping point. Traditional paths for reaching consumers have changed irreversibly and many organizations are grappling with how to react to the changes. Combined with increasing ...


Reaching the New Generation of Consumers Requires New Breed of Leaders
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Consumer spending in Asia is expected to grow exponentially, much of it driven by a new generation of online shoppers. The number of people connected to the Internet around the world has grown from 1% of the global population in 1995 to 40% last year. By the end of this year, some 3 billion people will be online. Half of them will be in Asia.1 In India alone, there are more than 243 million people...


Luis DeAnda
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Luis DeAnda is a partner based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Los Angeles office. He is a member of the Consumer Markets Practice servicing branded consumer-centric companies across technology products and services, entertainment, automotive, apparel, hospitality, and packaged goods sectors. His area of search focus is on CEO, president, marketing and digital officer, and general manager roles. He is al...


Lauren Keefe
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Lauren Keefe is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York City office.  She specializes in general management and commercial leadership searches across the fast moving consumer goods, retail, luxury and beauty sectors. Lauren’s practice is global and she has extensive experience working across Europe, Latin America, Asia and domestic markets to execute international searches. Her clients inclu...


Stephen Schwanhausser
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Stephen Schwanhausser is a co-lead of the Heidrick & Struggles' global Consumer Products sector, based in the New York City office. He works with large Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller private companies and private equity backed ventures. Functionally, he specializes in sales and marketing searches for chief marketing and sales officers and their staff. He also conducts searches for senior...


Christoph Kleinen
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Christoph Kleinen is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Frankfurt office and a member of the firm’s Consumer Markets Practice, leading the retail and consumer sector in the German market. His primary clients include global brands, start-ups and fast-growth businesses across a diverse range of retail and consumer companies. He has functional expertise in general management, marketing, sales, operat...


Birgit Adels
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Birgit Adels is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Amsterdam office. She leads the global Fashion and Luxury Practice and co-leads the global Retail Practice. As a key member of the global Consumer, CEO & Board and Private Equity Practices, Birgit focuses on c-level searches and consulting, particularly in fashion, luxury, beauty, apparel, retail, media, e-tail and digital. Prior to her career in ...


Adam Zellner
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Adam Zellner is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the firm's Global Information and Technology Officers Practice.  He successfully conducts searches at the executive level across all industries with a functional focus on the chief information officer. Adam also concentrates on applications development, infrastructure, information technology security, and related p...


Consumer and Commercial Finance
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With extensive experience and deep technical knowledge, Heidrick & Struggles’ Consumer and Commercial Finance team provides access to and expert assessment of world-class executive talent to the full range of diversified financial services organizations, including: Retail and commercial banking Consumer finance and credit card services Retail brokerage and investment management services Third-part...


Jenni Hibbert
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Jenni Hibbert is the Regional Practice Managing Partner for Financial Services Europe & Africa, based out of Heidrick & Struggles’ London office. Additionally, she leads the Insurance Practice across Europe & Africa, serving clients locally, regionally and globally across the spectrum of life, general, reinsurance and brokerage. She is also a member of the Chief Executive Officer & Board of Direct...


Phyllis Schneble
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Phyllis Schneble is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Healthcare & Life Sciences and Consumer practices, specializing in executive recruiting of senior level positions in general management, marketing, sales, strategy and digital innovation for pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and diagnostics, healthcare technology and consumer-facing products and services. Phyllis has extensive experienc...


Mike Gibney
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Mike Gibney is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Los Angeles office and a member of the Consumer Markets Practice. He specializes in CEO, boardroom, and other senior executive searches, bringing 20 years of strategy, organizational transformation, and executive team alignment experience to the firm. Mike’s background spans across the consumer products, industrial products, medical device, pharmac...


Ben Twynam
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Ben Twynam is a regional managing partner of the Consumer Markets Practice in Europe. He is based in the London office.  Ben’s leadership consulting experience encompasses recruitment, assessment, and development of management teams. He has successfully led assignments to search for chief executives, functional heads, and other senior roles for companies and has a strong track record of advising p...


Katherine Graham Shannon
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Katherine “Katie” Graham Shannon is global practice managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Information & Technology Officers Practice, working primarily with companies across all industry sectors building their CIO and CTO leadership teams at the most senior levels. Katie spends her time meeting, building and managing the talent network within the technology communities and partnering with clie...


Anne Lim O'Brien
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Anne Lim O’Brien is the Vice Chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of the global Consumer Markets and CEO & Board of Directors practices. She specializes in serving consumer clients particularly at the CEO and board levels within Fortune 500 companies as well as those financially sponsored by leading private equity firms. With more than 20 years of executive search experie...


Consumer Banking, Finance, and Small Business Banking
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Heidrick & Struggles is a premier authority on leadership talent within the Consumer Banking, Finance, and Small Business space.  We work with clients across six continents, in more than 50 offices globally, to provide multiple perspectives – on markets, mitigating risk, implications of the sweeping digital revolution, employees, regulators, governments, and local/global communities. Today more th...


Consumer Financial Services
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Heidrick & Struggles' Consumer Financial Services practice spans all aspects of retail, deposits and brand banking, mortgages and secured/unsecured lending, credit cards, small business banking and consumer payments. The team works on a variety of mandates within the Consumer Financial Services segment, both sector specific as well as senior leadership and succession related. At the heart of our a...


Angela J. Gardner
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Angela Gardner is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Los Angeles office and a member of the Consumer Markets Practice. Given her depth of experience in the evolving entertainment industry, Angela leads assignments across the Consumer Markets and Media, Entertainment and Digital practices. Most recently, Angela was the vice president, talent acquisition for Yahoo where she was responsible for globa...


Ben Weber
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Ben Weber is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York Office. He is a member of the Consumer Markets Practice, and a member of the Media, Entertainment & Digital sector team. He focuses on leadership roles within all areas of media, sports, broadcasting, and internet-based businesses. Recent clients include publicly traded corporations, privately held companies, private equity firms and ventu...


Jeffrey S. Sanders
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Jeff Sanders is vice chairman and co-managing partner of the global CEO & Board Practice. He is based in the firm’s New York and San Francisco offices. Most recently, he served as managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ North American CEO Practice and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Jeff has also served as the global sector leader for the firm’s Software Practice and Venture Capi...


Kristin Mehta
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Kristin Mehta is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office where she co-leads the US Digital Practice. She is also a core member of the Marketing Officers and Global Consumer Markets Practices, specializing in senior level search assignments for technology- and internet-driven companies. Kristin helps companies navigate their digital transformation by connecting them with the right talent ...


Vikram Chhachhi
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Vikram Chhachhi is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Mumbai office and a member of the global Consumer Markets Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience in the executive search industry and more than 24 years of professional experience. His industry expertise includes consumer packaged and retail goods, media and entertainment, and telecommunications. He has successfully engaged with la...


Mike Speck
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Mike Speck is a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office, and Global Sector Leader for Media & Consumer Digital. He joined the firm in 1997. He is the firm's most experienced consultant in the media, consumer digital and sports sectors globally. He is also a member of the firm’s CEO & Board Practice and Private Equity Practice Clients leverage Mike’s extensive network of leadership talent ...


Catherine A. Lepard
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Catherine Lepard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office where she leads the firm’s global Retail Practice. She is also a key member of the firm’s global Consumer Markets Practice specializing in board, CEO, and executive leadership roles. Catherine works extensively with clients in both the corporate and private equity sectors globally and counts among her clients some of the best-kn...


Adam Vaughan
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Adam Vaughan is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office and a member of the global Financial Services Practice. He currently leads the FinTech segment across Europe & Africa. His work in FinTech has been focused on executive leadership and non-executive board placements in market infrastructure, exchanges, post-trade and transaction services, payments, financial software, data and informa...


Claire Babel
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Claire Babel is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Consumer Markets and CEO & Board practices, based in France. She previously served as the regional managing partner for the Consumer Markets Practice in Europe & Africa, and as the global Sector Leader for Consumer Products. With 20 years of experience in executive search, Claire has completed hundreds of C-suite searches for a wide range of compa...


Consumer Markets
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As consumers demand more transparency, brand engagement and sustainability, Heidrick & Struggles’ Consumer Markets Practice is at the forefront of industry trends to provide cutting edge counsel to clients in a wide variety of consumer sectors. From CPG search to hospitality executive search, our consumer market expertise is backed by a history of successful talent acquisition and organizational a...


John Jameson
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John Jameson is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Tokyo office. He leads the Consumer Markets Practice in Japan. With more than 19 years of search experience, he has a substantial record of C-suite placements, including non-executive board directors. Having lived and worked in Tokyo for more than 26 years, he has extensive experience spanning the Asia Pacific region. John has advised numerous g...


Ayana Parsons
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Ayana Parsons is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Atlanta office and a member of the Consumer Markets Practice.  She is focused on placing chief marketing officers, general managers and other commercial C-suite executives into consumer-facing companies. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ayana served as global head of retail, consumer & lifestyle industries at the World Economic Forum wher...


David Boehmer
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David Boehmer is the global managing partner of the Financial Services Practice based in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office. David returned to US in 2017 after three years in the London office where he also led the Financial Services Practice in Europe and Africa, as well as senior client engagements across the sector, including banking, payments, asset management, and FinTech. He previous...


Consumer Products
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As a global leader representing some of the world’s most recognizable brands, Heidrick & Struggles’ Consumer Products team has deep experience recruiting senior business and functional leadership and advising boards of directors on CEO succession, board effectiveness and other leadership issues.  We understand the myriad issues confronting today’s consumer facing businesses and with knowledge of t...


Victoria Stead
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Victoria Stead is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, based in the Dubai office. She currently serves as a specialist in the firm’s Consumer Markets Practice for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Her client expertise encompasses consumer products, retail, hospitality and leisure and media, entertainment and digital. Victoria has been a functional specialist across e-commerce and digit...


Karen Fifer
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Karen Fifer is Heidrick & Struggles’ managing partner of the Consumer Markets Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. She previously served as global managing partner for the Consumer Markets Practice, global sector leader for Retail and partner in charge of the Hong Kong office.  Karen is an accomplished consultant with close to three decades of experience in executive search and leadershi...


Ahmad Hassan
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Ahmad Hassan is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Paris office and a member of the Global Technology & Services and Leadership Consulting practices, focusing on executive search, assessment and talent development projects at the CEO, COO and managing director level for multinational companies. He also conducts board level assignments within the technology sector. Prior to joining Heidrick & Strug...


Clare Buxton
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Clare Buxton is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the global Financial Services Practice. She leads the Consumer Financial Services team in the UK and is part of the global Fintech Practice.  Clare’s search portfolio has spanned regional and global senior leadership positions across the consumer and commercial banking space, as well as at the intersection of financ...


Lauren M. Doliva
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Lauren M. Doliva, PhD is a partner emerita with Heidrick & Struggles in the firm’s San Francisco office. She serves as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, and Consumer and Private Equity Practices. For nearly 30 years, Lauren has successfully represented clients across a broad spectrum of organizations, including venture backed startups, mid-caps and large publicly held...


Klaus Heldman
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Klaus Heldman is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Hong Kong office. He is a member of the Consumer Markets Practice, as well as the functional practices for Financial Officers and Supply Chain. Klaus conducts regional and global senior-level assignments in a variety of consumer-facing businesses including retail, digital, products, operations, supply chain & sourcing, services, verticals/manufac...


Navigating digital transformation
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Equipping businesses for a digital world
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It is a fact – technological advancements just keep accelerating. Digital technology has taken over our lives and digital convergence is within sight. If digital skill sets are not continually refreshed, they can rapidly become as obsolete as an old Nokia flip phone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this does not apply to you. The business opportunities in digital transformation transcend all industr...


Inside the digital boardroom
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Golnaz Yekrangian
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Golnaz Yekrangian is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Toronto office and a member of the global Financial Services Practice. A former investment banker, Golnaz has more than 10 years of experience serving financial services clients. She focuses on leadership assignments across private investments, including infrastructure and private equity, asset management, investment banking, and consumer f...