Tim Boerkoel (LinkedIn ) is a New York-based executive search and talent professional and the Founder of The Brownestone Group. He has more than 25 years of experience recruiting executive leadership to emerging and premier brands domestically and internationally. Tim has led over 350 successful searches with a focus in retail, fashion, luxury and hospitality, and has a record of introducing clients to uniquely successful CEOs, Presidents, COOs and other key functional leaders. His professional background in retail, coupled with his deep executive experience throughout the C-Suite and across product categories, enables him to bring fresh and effective solutions to both recurring and new market challenges.
Recognized as a trusted advisor and partner to clients and candidates alike, Tim’s strength – and his mission – is connecting businesses with talent that will symbiotically produce growth and transformation. His dual focus on clients and industry talent is unique to the search industry and in-line with his company’s commitment to finding solutions with integrity. In addition to recruiting impactful leaders, The Brownestone Group connects executives and companies to potential strategic partners, subject matter experts, and initiative-specific advisors. Tim is an engaging relationship builder who leverages emotional and market intelligence for the benefit of people and brands.
Prior to launching The Brownestone Group, Tim served as Managing Partner and Global Director of the Retail, Consumer and Hospitality Practice at CTPartners, then a premier executive search firm. In this role, he built and oversaw a sizeable global business that solidified the firm’s reputation and participation in these industries, while providing strategic management and thought leadership guidance in addition to leading his own executives search projects. In the decade prior, Tim served as a leading Partner at Heidrick & Struggles within the Consumer Markets, Chief Marketing Officers, and Chief Human Resources Officers practices, following earlier Director-level roles at Herbert Mines Associates and Russel Reynolds.
Tim, a retail industry executive before shifting to consulting, held numerous senior positions in merchandising, store operations and human resources with leading retailers such as the Gap, Charles A. Stevens and Dayton Hudson/Target Corporation. He is a Board Advisor of a Hong Kong-based global apparel manufacturer, a former advisor to the World Retail Congress, and an active contributor of thought leadership Q&As to Women’s Wear Daily, calling attention to the brands, ideas and leaders changing the consumer and retail worlds.