Retail Executives, a specialist retail executive search and advisory firm, has appointed Richard Hyman as board advisor.

Richard Hyman is a world-leading expert in the retail industry, having provided top-level analytics, insight and thought leadership on retail intelligence to hundreds of businesses over the past four decades.

Hyman’s role will include offering strategic advice across the all elements of the Retail Executives business including, executive search, business advisory, board placement and training. The prolific retail analyst will work alongside the Retail Executives team to build strong C-suite relationships and facilitate its event programme.

Hyman said, “There has never been a more challenging time for the industry and the right leadership has never been so critical. I have known and worked with Richard and Darren for many years. I’m looking forward to helping them build Retail Executives as the pre-eminent source of retail talent and senior management support across retailing.”

Hyman has worked with the majority of the leading retailers in the UK, their product suppliers, landlords, bankers and institutional shareholders, over the past 30+ years. During this time, he has built up unrivalled insight into every sector of the retail industry, its leading companies and the management teams that lead them.

Richard Hollister, managing partner of Retail Executives Limited said: “Richard Hyman brings an unrivalled depth of knowledge and an abundance of relationships to our firm. His ability to give detailed insight into all things retail will also be of huge benefit to our firm and clients. I have known Richard for many years and we have collaborated often, so it’s a huge pleasure to be working with him again.”

Darren Topp, chairman of Retail Executives Limited said: “Richard Hyman is another key appointment and moves us closer towards our goal of building a world class recruitment and advisory business. Like many CEOs, I have used Richard’s insight into the world of retail to help build and articulate a successful strategic plan – he will be an invaluable member of the team.”

Hyman started his career as a researcher at the Financial Times in the 1970s. He went on to work first as an analyst then as a director of Mintel, the global market research and market insight provider. In September 1984, he left to launch his own business, Verdict, created to focus on delivering a new breed of insight and analysis of the retail sector. He sold Verdict to Datamonitor in 2005 and later went on to be strategic advisor to Deloitte.

Hyman most recently set up his consultancy business, Richardtalksretail, in 2015 providing access to this insight and opinion.

Retail Executives recently announced the launch of its retail advisory division, Retail Executives Advisory Network (REAN), headed by Sarah Curran-Usher MBE.

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Notes to editors

Retail Executives, was formed in 2018 by Richard Hollister, a veteran of the recruitment industry, previously having worked at three of the top global executive search firms. Unlike other executive recruitment firms, the company is chaired by senior c-suite and non-executive directors of the fashion and retail industry, who bring a wealth of knowledge to the business and its clients. The company has already placed a number of senior retail and fashion executives on four continents the firm and, has rapid growth plans with its modern-day approach to fulfilling its client talent needs.