SEATTLE, Aug. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting (“Centerstone”), a nationally retained and rapidly expanding boutique firm serving Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in the consumer products/services sector, today announces the opening of its new Philadelphia office. Ann Gratz, Managing Director, and Lynne Leger, Senior Vice President —both business insiders—will lead Centerstone Philadelphia. Together they bring a unique combination of deep retail, consumer products and service sector knowledge and keen insight into the leadership required to succeed in the face of an ever-accelerating evolution in consumer behavior.
Distinguished since 1998 by high quality search and consulting services, Centerstone has developed a proprietary “express” search process to deliver a quality candidate slate, while significantly reducing time to placement. This model represents a major disrupter in the executive search industry, by accessing candidates faster, and increasing time to productivity.
Kim Villeneuve, CEO of Centerstone states, “Clients demand that an executive search firm understand their aspirations, share their values and appreciate their desire for a full-bodied search process within a measured timeframe. Ann and Lynne are hyper-focused on the delivery of great talent. Centerstone has the national reach, deep access to executive talent and consistently delivers standout placements.”
Over her 25-year career as a retail executive and partner in the search industry, Ann Gratz honed her signature ability to identify leaders possessing a combination of character, style, skill and experience best correlated with achieving business results. Prior to joining Centerstone, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for David’s Bridal, where she was responsible for the company’s overall people strategy, organizational alignment and all aspects of the human resources function.
In her own 25 year-plus career in the retail and consumer packaged goods sectors, Lynne Leger held senior and executive positions in Store Operations, Consumer Insights and Marketing Strategy with companies including Lane Bryant, David's Bridal, Borders Books, EMI Music, and DMI Music Strategy. As a result, she is a highly versatile and effective leader who leverages her experience successfully handling the challenges of an evolving, competitive landscape to identify leaders who will transform organizations.
“Ann and Lynne share my passion for creating customer/employee centric teams that work collaboratively to deliver an experience that fully engages and mobilizes customers as brand advocates while delivering great business results. This passion is reflected in the high quality of partnership and talent Centerstone Philadelphia will uniformly deliver,” states Brigitte Cooperman, Creator, Retail Impact Group, former Chief Operating Officer, Urban Outfitters.
About Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting
Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting consistently delivers excellence in leadership selection and development, board services and organizational effectiveness. Centerstone is a national, retained firm with offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Charleston. Their select client list reflects an industry focus on consumer products and services across retail, wholesale, digital/eCommerce, hospitality and healthcare.
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