Consumer, Retail & Leisure
Our Consumer, Retail and Leisure Practice supports clients across Europe and further afield to build high performance teams at Board, CEO and senior functional leadership levels. Our clients include founder-led and privately owned businesses, private equity-backed portfolio companies and listed multi-nationals, and are characteristically companies seeking to drive substantial change and performance improvement in situations including high growth, turnaround and ownership change.
We focus on consumer products and service, food, general and specialist retail, hospitality and leisure, and E-commerce and online consumer services. In addition to CEO and general management positions, we cover key functions including sales & marketing, buying & merchandising, design, operations, supply chain and HR. We work in tandem with our colleagues in the Finance, Strategy & Legal Practice on finance, legal, corporate development and strategy roles. Blackwood’s “one team” approach positions us uniquely in the market: we are able us to draw on the combined expertise of the firm to identify, attract and assess the highest quality executive and provide the best advice to our candidates and clients.
Innovation is of paramount importance in the consumer sector: established companies must constantly revaluate their relationships with the customer and deal with market challenges in the form of economic pressures, new routes to market and new market entrants, while those same new entrants must quickly develop the expertise and management capability to secure their position. Our team draws on deep sector knowledge, substantial search and industry experience and high levels of judgement to identify and attract the highest calibre executives capable of meeting these challenges.