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Consumer Products & Services

Fast-moving consumer goods businesses face increasing challenges competing and innovating in the creation and expansion of global and regional brands. Mandrake has been the Canadian industry leader in executive search in this sector for the past 40 years. As the Canadian consumer goods industry continues to flourish and evolve in an increasingly global direction, the demand for classically trained consumer goods executives continues to increase. Mandrake has decades-long knowledge of the most respected consumer goods companies, which remain excellent training grounds for the marketers and business leaders of tomorrow.

Our consultants know the best talent across the consumer products and services marketplace. Some of the industry and functional areas we service include:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Confection & Snacks
  • Household Products
  • Personal Care Products
  • Beer, Wine & Alcohol
  • Home Improvement
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Life Sciences
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • General Management
  • Sales & Customer Marketing
  • Category Management
  • Marketing & Research
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Supply Chain & Operations
  • Research & Development
  • Human Resources
  • Retail Operations

 

 
Team Members:
Bill Holland, Daphne Bykerk, Gregg Perry, Harold Perry, Lori Hansford, Louise Daigneault, Normand Lebeau, Paul Lintner, Rick Richter,
 
 
Case Studies
 
Airport Authority hires General Manager

Our client, who split from Transport Canada in 1996, had the mandate to operate Toronto Pearson International Airport within a regional system of airports to enhance economic growth and development of the GTA and to deliver outstanding aviation facilities to its customers which includes air carriers and passengers.

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Canadian Brewery Hires Vice President, Supply Chain

We were hired by our client to find a VP Supply Chain who would provide executive leadership in the creation and development of a national supply chain strategy. We found a candidate who ultimately improved efficiencies across the entire supply chain.

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Canadian Manufacturer and Distributor of Flameless Candles hires Head of Marketing and, Product Development Team

We were hired by our client to build a marketing and product development infrastructure to enable the organization to realize its potential growth.  With a patent unique to the company, and unprecedented demand both geographically and via numerous retail channels, it was critical to establish a team to facilitate the growth potential.

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Canadian Seafood Producer Hires Vice President of Marketing

Challenged by our client to find an accomplished marketing leader, we undertook a comprehensive search and found an exceptional candidate with the right functional and industry expertise to bring the company to the next level.

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Confections Company Hires Director of Human Resources

Our client hired us to find a senior level HR generalist with change management experience to lead a critical organizational change. We found a results-driven professional with extensive organizational development experience and success in leading HR-related corporate restructuring initiatives.

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Confections Company Hires Vice President of Sales & Customer Marketing

We were hired by our client to find an effective senior level business leader with extensive experience in sales, marketing and organizational change who was open to eventual relocation. We found a candidate with a 15 year track record of strong leadership who proved to be an exceptional hire.

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Consumer Electronics Company Hires Chief Operating Officer

Challenged to find a COO with experience in mergers & acquisitions in the consumer goods industry for our client, we found an exceptional candidate who proved to be most successful in their new role.

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Consumer Products Company Hires General Manager

Challenged to find an exceptional candidate to lead a private equity-acquired company, we found a GM with extensive consumer marketing experience as well as the CA accreditation required by the client.

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Entertainment Company Hires Vice President Finance

Challenged to find a Vice President Finance for a consumer products company specializing in entertainment products, we found an individual with exceptional leadership capabilities in both finance and operations.

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Executive Team Hires in Pet Food Company

Challenged to assemble a leadership team for a company newly acquired by our client, we found three executives that fit the specific criteria of having the right industry, private equity and functional experience.

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Food Company Hires GM for Pet Division

Our client hired us to find a General Manager with consumer packaged goods experience to oversee the operations of a newly acquired division. We found an excellent candidate who was eventually promoted to VP Marketing then COO of the parent company's Canadian division.

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Global CPG - Pharma OTC Rebuilds Marketing Team

We were hired by our Consumer Products Pharma Client, that operates in the Over the Counter (OTC) business to build out their team with elite “A+” talent in marketing.

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Global CPG Company Hires Senior Manager Consumer Insights

We were hired by our Consumer Products Pharma Client, that operates in the Over the Counter (OTC) business to build out their team with elite “A+” talent in marketing.

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Global Distributor of Premium Beer Hires President/CEO

Our client, the #1 selling super premium import beer in Canada and the USA, challenged us to find an exceptional executive with extensive international experience in brand building, operations, innovation, and international market expansion. The search concluded with the placement of an outstanding candidate who fit the clients’ objectives for specific criteria and unique talent with exceptional experience in building a brand portfolio and world class operations.

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Global Producer of Premium Seafood Hires EVP & Chief Commercial Officer

We were hired by our client to find an exceptional executive to move the company forward in key strategic areas. A comprehensive international search yielded an ideal candidate with the required functional and industry experience.

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International Brewing and Marketing Company Hires VP Marketing

Our client; one of the largest brewing and marketing companies in Canada and recognized as one the most sought-after companies by Canadian workers and job seekers engaged us to assist in the selection of a national Vice-President of Marketing. The search yielded top- tier marketing executives from both Canada and the United States targeting candidates with proficiency in leadership skills in the areas of sales and marketing to fit the clients’ objectives for specific criteria and unique talent.

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International Food & Beverage Company Hires Vice President of Marketing

Our client hired us to find a VP Marketing with international FMCG experience open to relocating after a term in Canada. We found an exceptional hire with global marketing experience working in the US who was eventually promoted to President of the company's Asia division.

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Legal - In-House

Our client is a global company who was looking to hire a strong corporate lawyer. Mandrake was asked to identify candidates who not only delivered the necessary legal experience, but also fit within their culture.

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Multiple - National Commercial Manager Roles in International Brewing and Marketing Company

Our client, the #1 selling super premium import beer in Canada and the USA, challenged us to help build an exceptional national commercial management team. The search yielded three executive commercial managers in three distribution centers across Canada. Targeted candidates had to fit the clients’ objectives for specific criteria and unique talent.

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National Marketing Director

Since the early 1800’s, our client, Canada’s third largest brewing company and one of the most recognized names in brew mastery, engaged us to assist with the selection of a National Marketing Director. The time-honoured tradition that beer making depends equally on the talent of the brew master and the quality of the ingredients, also holds true for the quality of the people representing the brand.

Their objective was to bring in a seasoned marketer, a creative thinker with the strategic business sense and analytical abilities to successfully steer the marketing direction with an eye all the while on growth. Recruiting globally, the successful candidate, since joining our client, has been defined as bringing the brand to life, building strong relationships; an inspiring team leader.

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Pet Food Company Hires Chief Financial

Challenged to assemble a leadership team including a CFO for a company newly acquired by our client, we found an exceptional candidate with broad financial management experience in the industry.

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Pet Food Company Hires Vice President of Sales

Challenged to assemble a leadership team including a VP Sales for a company newly acquired by our client, we found an exceptional senior level sales leader with the right industry, private equity and functional experience.

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Pet Food Company Hires Vice President of Supply Chain

Challenged to assemble a leadership team including a VP Supply Chain for a company newly acquired by our client, we found an exceptional candidate with extensive operations experience in the industry.

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Sports Marketing Hires VP Marketing

Our client; a well-known brand leader in the sports industry, hired us to find an executive team leader and contributor to their marketing branch. Our association with the client developed as the result of a referral from an existing client. The search was confidential in nature and situated in a western Canadian city with few sports marketing executives, making candidate re-location the likely outcome. The successful candidate had a history and passion for the industry, previous experience not only in sports and promotion, but specific to a similar, but smaller organization. His business education and marketing/sales in the areas of sports, entertainment, special events and telecommunication were critical components for developing and managing the organizations; brand strategy, including the implementation of brand marketing campaigns.

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Testimonials
"Stefan is not only an Executive Consultant with a track record of few hundred completed C-level searches, but the CEO of one of Canadian's best Executive Search and HR Consultancy firm. He is a strategic advisor to numerous senior level executives (Supervisory Boards and Board of Directors) as well as a coach and mentor to many professionals. His entrepreneurship experiences, abilities and achievements are both well recognized and appreciated by world's known YPO. He is a person one can trust, rely on, expect that he would deliver, enjoy his companion and sense a of humor, admire his wisdom and values, and respect him for what he stands for both as his family is concerned and the business he runs. What is quite unique about him is that being extremely blessed to be successful, he constantly remembers about those less fortunate and in need. He is an initiator of many undertakings to raise money, support and help others financially. One of the few ones that I would dream to work with if I had a chance to. Without any hesitation I would encourage any of my Clients to work with Stefan in Canada."
Daniel Lewczuk
CEO at Executive Network/IMD International Search
 
 
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