HIEC Expands Industrial and Consumer and Retail Practices


September 26, 2022 – Global search firm HI Executive Consulting (HIEC) has named Todd Maners as a partner in the industrial practice and Ken Wilcox as a partner in the consumer and retail practice.

Mr. Maners has a background partnering with business leaders to effectively leverage talent to drive organizational transformation. In addition, he also brings deep expertise in spearheading innovative human capital solutions designed to optimize organizational capability and deliver growth. Mr. Maners most recently served as managing partner of his own recruitment solutions business, Alpha Agent. Prior to that, he spent time as an executive partner, US operations for Solutions Driven; managing partner for Titan Talent Partners; and director of global talent acquisition for Colfax Corp. and SPX Flow Inc.

“We are very pleased to be adding Todd Maners to our expanding global team,” said Stacey Mainiero, CEO of HIEC. “His breadth of experience and vast knowledge across the North American industrial sector will prove to be hugely beneficial to our clients here at HI Executive Consulting.”

This is a great time to be joining a fast growing global firm in HIEC, the industrial world is changing fast and the skills and leadership required to transform this sector are changing too, I look forward to working with my colleagues around the world to provide a top class services to all our clients,” said Mr. Maners.

Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Mr. Wilcox joins HIEC from Allen Austin where he was senior partner and head of the consumer products and retail practice, working across the firm’s portfolio of services, including executive search, leadership advisory and interim executive, and coaching assignments. He was also a member of the firm’s leadership team.

Mr. Wilcox has over 30 years of experience including substantial periods with some of the world’s best-known brands including IBM, Campbell Soup, Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, Gatorade, and Borden Dairy. Prior to executive search, he held senior executive roles including leading the national selling organization at Interstate Batteries, as well as previous roles as global chief sales and marketing officer for PSAV (now Encore), an event technology services company.

“We are very excited to have Ken joining us as part of our ongoing growth at HI Executive Consulting,” said Ms. Mainier. Ken’s wide range of experience across well-known consumer brands will prove invaluable as we continue to develop and expand our consumer and retail offering.”

“I am delighted to be joining HI Executive Consulting, and look forward to working with our fast-growing team both here in the US and across our 13 offices worldwide,” said Mr. Wilcox. “I can’t wait to get started supporting our clients and helping them achieve their desired goals and objectives.”

HIEC is a global transformational executive search firm founded in 2007, focused on hiring transformational board, CEO, and senior-level executives globally for our digital focused clients. The firm operates across 13 offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

Newly Appointed CEO

HIEC recently named Ms. Mainiero as its CEO, based in New York. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Stacey to HIEC during a period for the firm,” said chairman Michael Bornhaeusser. We are a fast-growing organization focused on delivering transformational leaders for our digital focused clients and Stacey’s skills and experience will prove invaluable as HIEC enters the next phase of its growth acceleration journey with expansion into new markets and territories. I wish Stacey every success of her in her new role of her.”

Ms. Mainiero joins HIEC from ZRG Partners where she held the role of COO, managing and overseeing the firm’s global corporate activity of retained executive search and talent management across the firm’s global offices. In this role, Ms. Mainiero provided leadership and direction across the operational functions of the firm including finance, IT, HR, recruitment, and research. During her time at ZRG, she obtained private equity investment to fuel the ongoing growth of the firm. Ms. Mainiero has over 20 years of leadership experience, having previously held a number of roles including operating as an executive search partner and as senior director of operations at Korn Ferry.

The appointment of a CEO marks another important milestone in the growth and evolution of HIEC as a firm and will further support the expansion of its business in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.

Related: HI Executive Consulting Expands in New York

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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