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12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT on Zoom

Thursday, May 18, 2023



Where is the Next Generation to be Found?


Once the domain of Merchant Princes, the corner CEO office today requires a broad set of skills that includes an understanding of digital marketing, supply chain, IT systems, human capital management and more. So where does 21st century C-Suite talent come from?


Our Subject Matter Experts are Matt Berglass, President, Berglass + Associates, a well-known executive search firm with a focus on the retail and consumer sectors, and Michael Keane, an independent consultant focused on helping organizations perform better and grow by aligning their strategies, operating systems, and cultures. Our RMS President Richard Baum will moderate the conversation which will explore the following issues and more:


  • What are the main causes of C-Suite turnover?

  • What are the roadblocks to filling these roles?

  • How has the changing retail landscape impacted the turnover?

  • What can the industry do to solve the problem?

  • What are the pluses and minuses of recruiting C-Suite talent from outside the industry?



Matthew Berglass, President, Berglass + Associaties

Matt Berglass has an impressive track record in consumer goods and brings the strengths of soft goods, hard goods, grocery and real estate to the Berglass + Associates portfolio. Matt has also broadened the firm’s practice with his knowledge and relationships within the investment community. His extensive work in the Private Equity universe has earned him a reputation for understanding the metrics that investors demand. Matt’s team of recruiters place C-Suite and mid-management executives in assignments from product development to finance. His high-level placements consistently lead teams that deliver on increased shareholder value. Matt manages the Berglass + Associates team with a true understanding of people’s strengths and passions.

Michael Keane, Consultant

Leveraging a career as an executive leader of over 25 years, Michael Keane is now an independent consultant focused on helping organizations perform better and grow by aligning their strategies, operating systems, and cultures. Michael delivers a variety of services, including Strategic Planning, Organization Assessment and Design, Change Management, Business Process Redesign, and Communications Planning. In addition, he provides executive coaching services and interim HR leadership. The bulk of Michael’s corporate career was in the role of Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), a position he has held in the restaurant (P.F. Chang’s Bistro) and retail (Express, Tween Brands) industries. In addition to these stand-alone companies, he was the accountable HR leader for substantial (5,000+ employees) organizations like Victoria’s Secret and Limited Stores.


RMS Members: $10 

Guests: $50*

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Time: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT


Dail-in instructions will be emailed  prior to the event.

* If you're not an RMS member, now is the time to join. Benefits of membership include: reduced rates on webinars, meetings and conferences; complimentary attendance at our Roundtable online discussions; "Top Takeaways"-capsule summaries of most meetings and webinars; Membership Directory for networking purposes; and Face to Face Fridays, a bi-monthly online networking session for members only.



Our webinar will kick off with a short, up-to-the-moment summary of the latest goings-on in retail. Our Subject Matter Expert is Patrick McKeever, President and Founder of The Daily on Retail.



Richard Baum is the Managing Partner of Consumer Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity investment/independent sponsor and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on middle-market specialty retail and non-perishable branded consumer products companies. Richard is President of the Retail Marketing Society.

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