What we do
Recognized by Fairchild Publications as one of the industry's top executive search firms, Kirk Palmer Associates has been finding the right fit in retail and fashion for over 25 years.
Retail & Fashion Industry Experts
Founded in 1987 by an industry expert with a true passion for retail, Kirk Palmer Associates is composed entirely of retail and fashion industry veterans uniquely qualified to leverage their first-hand knowledge and insider credibility to deliver the R.I.G.H.T. results. With the deep network and resources of a large firm, and the hands-on personal touch and service of a boutique firm, we've placed more than 1000 executives at over 200 retail and wholesale companies across all channels, sectors and functional areas.
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With tailored services
Our laser focus on the retail and fashion industries allows us to understand the nuances of a particular search. We partner with each client and immerse ourselves in their brand identity and business strategy. We then apply our functional expertise in order to distill the key metrics that will be needed to find the right fit.

With a customized approach, we conduct targeted searches for CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, and other senior executives across the following channels, sectors and functional areas:

Channels: Specialty, big box, discount/off price, general merchandise, e-commerce, catalog and wholesale.

Sectors: Softlines, hardlines, discount through luxury sectors, domestic and global.

Functional Areas: Executive (Board/C-Suite), merchandising, human resources, stores, operations, design and product development, marketing, creative services and visual, finance, supply chain and planning and allocation.

Our search services include candidate engagement and assessment, 360° referencing, candidate onboarding and pre-acquisition management assessment.
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For the R.I.G.H.T. Fit every time
When it comes to picking the right candidate for the job, it's all about finding the right fit. We don't just assess talent, we spend time up front getting to know and understand a company's unique culture within the context of its business. We are then able to confidently and effectively talk to senior level candidates about the position, providing leadership and a transparent point-of-view for everyone involved throughout the process.
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