The Consumer Goods & Services industry in North America continues to rapidly evolve, influenced by a range of factors such as shifting consumer preferences, changing demographics, and technological advancements embedded into multiple industry facets. Digital transformation is impacting business operations and redefining the relationship between brands and consumers. Hence, we are partnering with our clients to identify the right leaders who are capable of business acceleration and transformation across all aspects of Manufacturing and Service-based consumer packaged goods companies. Leveraging our expertise, combined with global insights through our Kestria partnership, we are one step ahead, enabling our clients to pivot and capitalize on trends to accelerate their respective businesses.
The Consumer Goods & Services industry in North America is seeing a significant shift towards sustainability, with many companies investing in eco-friendly packaging, reducing waste, and making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. This trend is being driven by consumer demand for products that are environmentally responsible, as well as by increased regulatory scrutiny on companies’ environmental practices.
Despite positive trends, the Consumer Goods & Services industry in North America is not without its challenges. Coming out of the tail-end of a global pandemic, companies are pressured with talent requiring more flexible work options. Companies must navigate an increasingly crowded market, and competition is fierce, putting enhanced tension on how companies operate and where they are investing their resources. In addition, rising costs and supply chain disruptions have put pressure on companies to find new ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Technology is becoming ever more present and critical for companies to be competitive. E-commerce has emerged as a key channel for CPG products in North America, with online sales continuing to grow rapidly. Many retailers have invested in their e-commerce capabilities and are partnering with third-party delivery services to ensure speedy and convenient delivery of goods. This has led to a rise in direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.
The Consumer Goods & Services industry in North America is undergoing significant changes, with companies adapting to new consumer preferences, technological advancements, and a growing emphasis on sustainability. The industry is poised for continued growth driven by endemic factors, but companies must be proactive in addressing challenges and staying ahead of the curve to succeed in this dynamic market. Having the right talent in place now and in the future is critical to your success, and we’re committed to this obligation with our valued clients.
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, including Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Edmonton, and Vancouver, Pender & Howe boasts a comprehensive reach that spans the continent. From venture capital-backed disruptors, recently acquired private equity portfolio companies, 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.
Kirti supports Pender and Howe’s North American operations. She has worked with top-tier organizations, successfully identifying and placing high-caliber executives in key roles across NA, EMEA, and APAC. Her expertise spans various industries, including SWFs, VC/PE firms, Non-Governmental Organizations, Academia, and Research Institutions. She is passionate about leadership for a better world and is driven to help organizations find exceptional leaders who will drive growth and create a lasting impact.
In her spare time, Kirti likes tending to her plants, cooking different cuisines and exploring trails around Toronto.