Retail, Consumer & Wellbeing
Providing outstanding leadership talent
Businesses that operate in the Retail, Consumer & Leisure (RCL) sectors today are facing incredibly difficult challenges with the impact of the pandemic accelerating the need for change, and clear, decisive and purpose-led leadership across all three sectors.
Working with FTSE 250, AIM listed, family owned and PE backed companies, we have seen key trends emerge including a priority on products and services that really drive commercial value and a focus not only on a more cost effective but also slicker supply chain that can respond to huge demand fluctuation. Consumer behaviour has also seen fundamental changes requiring businesses to bolster ‘direct to home’ and ‘just in time’ delivery as well as social media engagement and product innovation. There is major investment going into digital transformation and today we work increasingly closely with our Technology and Digital team to help businesses on this journey.
"We remain totally resolute to driving the diversity agenda and investing time in getting to know our candidate pool and emerging talent"
Besides an increase in CMO, Customer Director and Digital searches, boards are also putting the spotlight on CFOs as businesses refinance loans and covenants, maximise cash and liquidity, and improve trading forecasts. Securing this with renewed employee safety, an inclusive culture and an imperative for measurable ESG initiatives, calls for bold and resilient leadership; CEOs and Chairs who can build robust executive teams and boards with strong complementary skills.
At Warren Partners, we continue to believe that these demanding times leave very little margin for error and that finding exactly the right leaders is now more important than ever. Our executive search team has the necessary balance of expertise, challenge, global reach and network to find you the very best senior executives quickly and effectively.
We have a long track record of working with leading UK and international retailers, FMCG and e-commerce companies in addition to serving the global travel and leisure sectors. Most recently we have supported many high-profile UK and international clients across multichannel retailing, niche travel operators, private label and branded manufacturers as well as pubs and restaurants. Board appointments represent around 60% of our work in this sector, leveraging the network of a team that has been tracking talent and functional leaders for over 25 years, many of whom have now reached CEO and board level roles and/or taken up multiple non-executive appointments.
We remain totally resolute to driving the diversity agenda and investing time in getting to know our candidate pool and emerging talent because being close to it is key to finding and landing the right individual successfully.