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Practice

Consumer

The Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) industry continues to thrive in an extremely dynamic environment where corporations constantly compete for market share and retail shelf space, complicating consumer preferences.

Shopping habits are in rapid flux, goods are ‘hot today, left behind tomorrow’, and everything needs to be delivered faster to meet demand around the latest trend. Therefore, in such an environment where change is the only constant, CPG companies continue to study developments in consumer needs, demands, emerging trends, striving to improve, innovate and leverage the latest technologies to diversify their consumer base.

What we do

New capabilities will need to be adapted in order to remain competitive. We can help you assess your organization’s needs and develop a strategy for capability-building, organizational development, training and talent acquisition.

Leaders at all levels of organizations will need to learn how to lead change without damaging the culture by focusing on important leadership traits like accountability, teamwork, results, candor and transparency. Assessing and building skill within your organization to keep top talent engaged and committed while filling talent gaps with diverse, high-potential individuals is vital to successfully delivering consistent results.

With all these changes on the horizon, August Leadership has aggregated expertise across the consumer packaged goods and technology spaces. Our Consumer Practice can help your organization with all its strategy, organization structure, leadership development and executive search needs.

Our Expertise

  • Consumer Goods
  • Consumer & Retail Supply Chain
  • Traditional & Social Media Marketing
  • Branding & Brand Management

Practice Team

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Michael Maeder

Partner
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Alastair Paton

Partner
Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

Umran Beba

Partner - Search & Advisory
Umran Beba is an experienced senior business executive with general management, talent and diversity background.

Eva Shaw

Partner
Eva has over 22 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

John Purkiss

Partner
John has over 25 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Henry J. Flores

Partner
Hank concentrates on assignments for senior leaders who drive growth, typically for companies seeking to improve strategic focus on their customers and consumers. 

Mrinalini Singh

Partner
Highly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Mrinalini is committed to her clients, candidates and colleagues.

Arne Adrian

Partner
Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Ami Bhatt Hardy

Partner
Ami has 30 years experience in search, handling assignments in a range of industries with a strong focus in the consumer goods, retail, sourcing and industrial sectors.

Paul Chau

Partner
Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Gavin O’Malley

Partner
Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Kristina Kalkman

Partner
Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent.

Andrea B. Thomas

Advisory Partner
Andrea B. Thomas is an advisory partner at August Leadership.

Jane Feng

Regional Advisory Partner
Jane Feng is an Advisory Partner of August Leadership, based in Shanghai.

Alastair Paton

Partner
Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

Umran Beba

Partner - Search & Advisory
Umran Beba is an experienced senior business executive with general management, talent and diversity background.

Leon Shivamber

August Leadership Board of Directors, Advisory Partner
Leon Shivamber is an Advisory Partner at August Leadership with a record of building great teams and leading transformation across five continents.

Andrea B. Thomas

Advisory Partner
Andrea B. Thomas is an advisory partner at August Leadership.

Ami Bhatt Hardy

Partner
Ami has 30 years experience in search, handling assignments in a range of industries with a strong focus in the consumer goods, retail, sourcing and industrial sectors.

Angeles Fernandez

Partner
Angeles has completed more than 300 searches for CEOs, Presidents, Independent Directors, General Managers, and Directors in the financial services, consumer products, and industrial sectors focused in automotive, aerospace, and aviation industries.

Asad Haider

Founder & CEO
As an innovator, Asad has founded and now leads August Leadership, one of the fastest-growing Executive Leadership Search Firms.

Christine Sobhani

Partner
Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus in HR and leadership roles across industries.

Carilyn Quigley

Partner
Carilyn has started and grown two executive search firms in her search career. These search firms focused in a range of different markets which is the reason that Carilyn now successfully executes senior appointments across a wide range of industries.

Chun Liew

Partner
Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Douglas C. Straton

Advisory Partner
A relentless builder and scaler, Doug has held several high-level global and regional general management, strategy, innovation and transformation roles in start-ups and large-scale companies such as Unilever and L'Oreal. He has deep expertise in building Digital businesses and driving Digital Transformation, most recently as the Chief Digital Officer for The Hershey Company.

Eva Shaw

Partner
Eva has over 22 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

Gavin O’Malley

Partner
Gavin has been working in executive search for the last 13 years, having previously spent 10 years in international and local marketing roles at Unilever.

Henry J. Flores

Partner
Hank concentrates on assignments for senior leaders who drive growth, typically for companies seeking to improve strategic focus on their customers and consumers. 

Janeen Kang

Associate Partner
Janeen Kang brings 15 years of experience in the Retail industry across North America and Asia Pacific.

Jimson Cheng

Senior Advisor
Jimson Cheng has over 20 years of Consulting and Executive Search experience, and is a trusted advisor to CEOs and Boards in the Healthcare and Life-sciences Industry.

John Purkiss

Partner
John has over 25 years’ experience in executive search. He set up and ran the CFO Practice in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office, and was promoted to Partner. Since then he has recruited senior executives and board members for a wide range of companies.

Ken Schwenke

Partner
Ken is a seasoned business leader, developer, and board member having served in leadership roles ranging from command of Marine units to serving as president of a $1.5B public company.

Kevin Howard

Partner
With exceptional depth of expertise in Global Energy and Consumer Products, Kevin delivers transformative leaders and talent that shape and drive the success of organizations in these spaces.

Kristina Kalkman

Partner
Kristina’s consultative approach has proven highly effective at executing strategic talent initiatives and delivering outstanding, diverse talent.

Dr. Marion Welp

Advisory Partner
Dr. Marion Welp is a passionate global Human Resources, Transformation and Legal Executive, bi-lingual Lawyer, and Coach, who leads, inspires, and empowers international leaders, teams, and organizations to smoothly navigate corporate and personnel transformation and change to achieve sustainable, long-term success.

Markos Moya

Partner
As a Partner at August Leadership, Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail industries.

Michael Maeder

Partner
Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Mrinalini Singh

Partner
Highly driven and a perfectionist by nature, Mrinalini is committed to her clients, candidates and colleagues.

Paul Chau

Partner
Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

Sana Mujtaba

Associate Partner
As Principal at August Leadership, Sana leads and executes senior search mandates across industries. Previously, Sana was heading the global marketing operations at August Leadership, overseeing, and building the key branding and messaging of the firm.

Sarah McGowan

Partner
With over 25+ years of experience in the retail industry, Sarah has an extensive background in talent management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and general management.

Sanjay Shah

Advisory Partner
Sanjay Shah has over 30 years of board-level experience in the UK and Saudi Arabia. He has served in several high-profile roles ranging from the FTSE 100 to charities.

Arne Adrian

Partner
Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

Jane Feng

Regional Advisory Partner
Jane Feng is an Advisory Partner of August Leadership, based in Shanghai.

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