Suzy Stewart: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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Suzy Stewart is a Partner and a senior member of DHR’s Retail/Consumer, Board & CEO, and Human Resources Practices. Read more >

Suzy Stewart is a Partner and a senior member of DHR’s Retail/Consumer, Board & CEO, and Human Resources Practices.

Based in the New York office her senior leadership roles have also included Global Sector Leader, EVP and Managing Director.

Awarded DHR’s Outstanding Consultant award, her successful results and reputation are based on her long term client partnerships, as well as her ability to serve executive talent needs across the entire retail enterprise. The strength of her personal relationships and extensive talent network, her depth of industry knowledge, and her strategic, consultative approach provide a unique platform to effectively partner with both clients and candidates alike.

With nearly 25 years of first-hand retail industry and international experience, and having held officer-level positions in three multi-billion dollar, publicly traded retail companies, Suzy’s diversified background includes some of the most notable names in the retail and fashion industries, including Federated Department Store (Macy) divisions (Bloomingdale’s), Lord & Taylor, and Ann Taylor. Her retail expertise was focused on merchandising and marketing, and she is noted as an expert in the arena of private label product development and international sourcing.  

Over her retail career, Suzy served several times as a Corporate Officer and was also appointed to the executive committee of Bloomingdales and Brook’s Fashions. Her senior management and merchandising responsibilities included Assistant to the Chairman (managing all soft lines), Chief Merchandising Officer, Senior Vice President- General Merchandise Manager, Regional Director of Stores and President of a private label (wholesale) manufacturing firm. For five years she also managed an international consulting practice, working with the firms of Arthur Andersen and Senn Delaney.

Suzy’s search career began in 1997 when she joined Korn/Ferry International, and since, she has conducted searches for Board Directors and all C-level positions; as well as functional heads of digital/e-commerce, finance, human resources, marketing, merchandising, sourcing & product design,  supply chain, real estate, corporate and field operations, and technology. 

As a long term veteran of the retail and manufacturing industry, she is noted for her consultative thought leadership and considered a specialist in senior level recruiting for Omni channel, specialty and department stores, big box, direct to consumer, wholesale and manufacturing. Suzy’s clients span a broad spectrum ranging from Fortune 100 companies to venture backed start-ups.

Her marquis client partnerships represent a combination of public and equity backed global, national and regional retailers, including: Ann Taylor, Ascena, Chico’s, Cole Haan, J Crew, LL Bean, LVMH, Joie, Macy’s, JCPenney, Rite Aid, Rooms to Go, Yankee Candle, Sur La Table, Home Depot, AutoZone, O’Reilly Automotive and many others of note.

Over her career, Suzy has established herself as a highly-respected member of the retail and consumer communities. She has been quoted and featured in major trade publications, been a featured speaker at CEO and industry conferences and participated in numerous special projects and task forces. < Read less



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