The Power Of Talent

Cross industry global expertise

Deep sector and market knowledge, internationally

Sectors Consumer & Retail

Over the last twenty years, the consumer and retail team at Harvey Nash Executive Search has partnered with global consumer businesses and developed expertise, building a strong network in areas such as:

  • Food and Drink
  • FMCG
  • Retail
  • Consumer services
  • Hospitality / Travel
  • Fashion / Luxury goods
  • Gaming
  • Sports and leisure
  • Media and entertainment


Harvey Nash Executive Search has developed a consistent reputation for service, and delivery of challenging search mandates across the globe. With over 20 years’ experience, we are renowned as a premium, specialist executive search consultancy with credibility in the marketplace and the proven capability via our international teams to access the very best talent worldwide.

We work with a range of business, from leading multinationals to SME organisations that are either privately held or private equity backed, providing astute, considered and balanced advice to secure the best talent that will provide a competitive advantage for our clients. Our view is that every appointment should strengthen your business.

Our reach encompasses consumer and retail, where migration of staff from one sector to the other is becoming increasingly common. We have a clear track record of delivery across all categories. Our relationships are long term, mutually beneficial and applauded by the industry.

Our consultants are sector specialists, possessing in-depth industry expertise that enables them to immediately understand clients’ requirements, and provide a consultative approach to offer solutions to business needs. We complement this with the highest level of candidate management, working closely with our candidates to ensure they are also moving their career in the right direction.

We excel not only in individual search, but we also serve to support our clients as they undergo major transformations, such as when entering a new country. Our search assignments work because we manage clients and candidates alike - with insight, empathy and first class sector knowledge.

We produce sector specific research, enabling our team to build a deep understanding of the personalities within the sector, through to the most current insight on trends. Our team is recognised as highly authoritative and we regularly provide incisive corporate intelligence to clients. This keeps us a step ahead of the market when it comes to identifying new trends and talent spotting - we have the resources to provide our clients with timely and accurate information that allows them to make better informed business decisions.

The sector

Over the last two decades the consumer and retail sector has seen a paradigm shift in the global market place, from the advent of loyalty cards to the growth of online, through to aggressive acquisitions, all areas of the space have undergone significant change driven by innovation. Developed markets have seen limited or regressive growth and emerging markets are showing signs of slowdown. In addition, new rules in terms of consumer behaviour, purchasing criteria and media consumption have dramatically changed the way companies today need to define strategies to capitalise on these opportunities.

Consumer and retail organisations have been driven to balance global branding with local market differentiation, where price, margin, supply chain, innovation and investment need to be carefully planned and managed. In the past, mass media was seen as the key to reach anonymous consumers.

Today, companies need to be precise in their mission to create engagement and interaction with individual consumers.

To succeed and excel in this context, the way companies build their brands and design their organisations are critical to success. As a result, the people agenda has never been more important. Attracting, retaining and developing leaders who are right for task is business critical, and the organisations that recognise and act on this, will be the ones to succeed.

Our services cover defined retained search, both at a global and national level, talent mapping, succession planning and board assessment. Our dedicated in-house research team provides multi-lingual capability across our network of offices, covering North America, EMEA, and the Asia Pacific region. Before any assignment we look to clearly understand the business, its culture and the requirements for the role, both in the short-term and long-term.

This clarity of thought and message, we feel, is essential to our chances of delivering a successful outcome for both the client and the candidate. By then using our extensive network of consumer and retail leaders we are able to correctly identify the right talent to succeed in a position.