Elaine Hughes is the most trusted and successful professional in the consumer products executive search industry. For 25 years, the largest retailers and consumer products companies have turned to her in management crises and for her expertise in long-term management team building strategy.
Elaine's credentials include years of real experience both on the inside and on the consulting/executive search side of the industry. This combination of experience has honed Elaine's well-known ability to grasp the real needs of a business and match the executive candidate who has both the style and experience needed to create a winning fit.
After graduating from Hunter College, Elaine joined Springs Industries in 1976 as the first female account executive in the Company's apparel fabrics division. Springs realized Elaine's potential and she went on to receive her MBA degree in 1980 from Sacred Heart University. Elaine went on the marketing positions in the textile industry with Malden Mills and Blue Ridge Winkler textiles. In 1991, after a term as partner in the executive search firm of Bader Hartley, Elaine founded E.A. Hughes & Company.
Elaine was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Fairfield County Girl Scout Council. She is a three-term board member of Women in Management, where she initiated two programs: The WIM Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance to women who are attending college, working and raising families, and the WIM Mentorship Program, which assists high school teenagers with positive role models from business.
Elaine sits on the Board of the Dolan School of Management Fairfield University. She is also on the board of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
She is a former board member of the Baseball Express Catalog Company in San Antonio, TX.
Most recently, Elaine was a featured speaker on Fashion and the Internet in Florence, Italy.