A founding member of Martens & Heads, Kate focuses on senior-level placements within the consumer, retail, and lifestyle practices. She specializes in general management, sales, marketing, human resources, and operations. Her clients include global iconic brands as well as entrepreneurial start-up businesses.
Kate’s retail career began in store line management within the home furnishings industry. She then worked in Human Resources management at Yves Saint Laurent Parfums, where she gained valuable insight into the luxury end of fashion and beauty, internally and in the field.
She began cultivating her strategic eye for search at Rene Plessner Associates where she specialized in fashion and beauty. In 1997, Kate joined Herbert Mines Associates as a key member of the fashion and beauty team securing top-level placements for clients in the retail, luxury and consumer industries.
A native of New York, Kate earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post. She later received her masters degree in Human Resource Management from the New York Institute of Technology.
Kate’s dual experience within brands and in executive search gives her a keen understanding of her clients’ needs as well as an unsurpassed knowledge of and access to industry talent. She is active in industry associations such as the Fashion Group International, Cosmetic Executive Women, and the Society for Human Resource Management.