Katie Thomas co-leads the Global Retail & Luxury Practice for Russell Reynolds. She has spent nearly 20 years in executive search working for organisations in the mass retail and apparel, luxury, leisure, travel, hospitality and lifestyle branded segments. Her clients are a range of large blue-chip multi-nationals as well as founder-lead smaller businesses and private equity backed companies.
She has extensive experience handling cross-border searches for President/CEO/COO and regional MD assignments spanning multiple geographies. She has handled CEO succession projects, built boards for pre-IPO, and quoted companies in the sector.
From a functional perspective, Katie focuses on senior leadership positions in the following areas: Customer Marketing and Brand Communications; Buying and Merchandising, and Sales/Operations.
Prior to her career in executive recruiting, Katie worked in management consulting.
Katie received a B.A. (Hons) in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of East Anglia.