The Consumer Goods & Services industry in North America is rapidly evolving, and recruiting the right leadership candidates for your organization is critical to ensure your organization can navigate these disruptions. Shifting consumer preferences, changing demographics, and digital transformation are impacting business operations and redefining the relationship between brands and consumers. As a leading executive search firm, Pender & Howe offers boutique and streamlined recruitment services to connect clients with executives who will accelerate growth and transformation across all aspects of the consumer products industry.
Our experience in both the manufacturing and service-based consumer goods sectors makes Pender & Howe a valuable executive search services partner for organizations seeking the right professionals for leadership roles. Our industry expertise, combined with global insights through our Kestria partnership, enables our clients to capitalize on industry trends and build a leadership team that will serve their business needs.
Despite positive trends, the consumer goods industry is not without its challenges. Customers’ expectations for manufacturers and the retail industry have shifted. Sustainability is now at the forefront, with high consumer demand for environmentally responsible products and practices. Companies in the United States and around the world are investing in eco-friendly packaging, waste reduction, and reducing their carbon footprint. On the other side, the top talent today demands more flexible work options and companies must navigate an increasingly crowded market, adding to the pressures on business leaders. Rising costs and supply chain disruptions, meanwhile, require companies to find new strategies and solutions to reduce costs and utilize resources more efficiently.
The widening array of technology available to organizations in consumer goods industries further complicates their talent acquisition strategy. With online sales growing rapidly, it is critical for companies to invest in e-commerce capabilities, which often means filling positions with professionals who have those skills. The expansion of third-party delivery services to ensure speedy distribution of goods has driven a rise in direct-to-consumer brands in CPG markets, opening up new opportunities at the same time it ratchets up the competition for retailers hoping to attract customer attention.
These changes have poised the consumer goods industry for substantial growth, but businesses must be proactive in addressing the new range of challenges they face in this dynamic market. Hiring the right talent is critical for your company’s success, and the tailored search process of Pender & Howe executive recruiters can ensure you bring on the right people to thrive. Our track record of excellence in executive searches demonstrates our commitment to our clients’ success. If you need a leader who can drive future growth, contact our team today to learn how we can help as your new recruitment partners.
Pender & Howe Executive Search was formed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in executive search services. We provide a fully streamlined boutique retained service for companies looking to bolster their executive leadership team.
With a strong presence in key cities across North America, Pender & Howe boasts a comprehensive reach that spans the continent. From venture capital-backed disruptors, recently acquired private equity portfolio companies, academic institutions, not-for-profits to global public companies, our diverse client portfolio showcases our ability to cater to organizations of all sizes and stages.
We understand that transparency, collaboration, and high-level service are paramount, and our recruitment team is committed to delivering these qualities consistently throughout every assignment we undertake. As a strategically low-volume recruitment firm, we ensure that all our clients receive a white-glove service, never diluting our efforts or compromising on quality.
At Pender & Howe, we go beyond mere recruitment; we forge strategic partnerships that empower businesses to excel. By leveraging our extensive network, expertise, and dedication to exceptional service, we guarantee that your team receives the utmost attention, guidance, and support throughout their executive search journey. Trust us to deliver results that propel your organization to new heights, backed by our unwavering commitment to excellence.
Natural curiosity, strong business acumen and an ability by means of a high EQ to connect with people are characteristics that make Ryan a trusted recruitment partner. Equipped with over two decades of Consumer-Packaged Goods and Sports Marketing experience, Ryan has quickly established himself as a trusted partner for companies operating in the private and public sectors.
Ryan has built commercial leadership teams and successfully placed several executives in every function across a variety of CPG industries.
When he’s not building relationships and feverishly working, you can find Ryan enjoying soul food in the outdoors with his family and friends.
A Co-Founder of Pender & Howe, Glenn brings over 25 years of targeted search experience to his Clients. As an Advisor with Loyal VC and a member of the JR Shaw School of Business Sales & Marketing Advisory Board Glenn enjoys being actively involved in the business community. Focusing on executive search within the C-Suite and Board space across the scientific, healthcare, artificial intelligence/machine learning and NPO sectors, Glenn and his team work diligently to source exceptional talent for top-tier organizations.
Glenn enjoys fishing although not always “catching”, excellent wine and is a foodie.
Travis is a co-founding Partner of Pender & Howe. He sits on the Executive Board of Directors for Kestria, the world’s largest executive search network. As an Advisor with Loyal VC, he also supports entrepreneurs in all aspects of key talent strategies.
Travis’ primary focus is partnering with investors and C-Suite leaders on complex executive searches. His latest projects have included a CEO search on behalf of a global family office, building a leadership team for a Series C VC-backed tech company and replacing a long-standing founder of a business that went public on the NASDAQ.
Travis is an avid competitive golfer passionate about international travelling, often trying to combine the two!
Leveraging an extensive network coupled with deep industry-specific knowledge gained through twenty years of direct pharmaceutical and healthcare experience, Céline is a Partner at Pender & Howe, advising clients on executive-level search strategies in the Biotech, Medtech, and Healthcare industries. A pharmacist by trade, Celine has accumulated more than 900 hours of practice in professional coaching (PCC certification). Celine is also the Leader of America’s life sciences practice in Kestria and a board member of Women in Bio (a volunteer organization that supports DEI practices in life sciences).
Mother of three, an avid runner who loves sailing and an active volunteer in a non-profit that gives children with motor disabilities the opportunity to achieve sporting challenges.
Michelle is a Consultant with Pender & Howe, serving clients throughout North America. Michelle’s ten years of experience includes leading executive search mandates and managing corporate Talent Attraction Strategies in high-growth markets with the Big 4.
Her latest accomplishments include identifying key leadership teams within the fintech space in Toronto, co-leading a CSO Search for an innovative Biotechnology company based in Vancouver and currently, identifying a Head of Canada HR search within the professional services landscape.
A lifelong learner, Michelle is currently completing her MBA. Her weekends are spent with her two children, her golden retriever Brady, and her husband.
Tara-Lynn supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations, leveraging her Human Resources Management education and 10+ years of recruitment experience in the life science, healthcare, consumer, technology, and academic sectors. She collaborates with Pender & Howe’s Partners on emerging market trends, uncovers top-performing talent, and builds partnerships with clients and candidates. Tara-Lynn has a knack for finding needles in haystacks and a passion for discovering extraordinary leaders.
Outside of work, Tara-Lynn enjoys playing fetch with her Golden Retriever, listening to a new podcast, or training for her next marathon—sometimes all at once.
Oana supports Pender & Howe’s North American operations. She believes that human capital is at the center of every successful organization, and she leverages her experience in research, business development, and marketing to identify exceptional talent to shape the future.
Oana’s interpersonal acumen, natural curiosity, and futuristic outlook enable her to understand and connect with diverse individuals and ensure a strategic and insightful approach to talent acquisition.
When she’s not working, Oana loves to travel, cycle, and explore her latest fascination with the tequila production process.