David F. Dyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chico's Fas Inc., and Harold D. Reiter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Mines Associates, are in conversation.
David Dyer is a successful retailing executive with more than 37 years of experience, primarily in the apparel business.
Mr. Dyer currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Chico’s FAS Inc., a $2.2 billion NYSE-listed women’s specialty retail company. The company operates four brands—Chico’s, White House-Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper—that offer private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy apparel, intimate apparel, complementary accessories, and gift items.
Prior to joining Chico’s, Mr. Dyer served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the board of directors of Tommy Hilfiger Inc.
Previously, Mr. Dyer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End and served on the company’s board of directors. Following the company’s sale in 2002 to Sears Roebuck and Company, Mr. Dyer was appointed Executive Vice President of Sears Direct and The Great Indoors and became a member of the executive committee, in addition to retaining his responsibilities at Lands’ End.
Mr. Dyer was a consultant at TPG and, while in this capacity, served as Acting President of J. Crew Catalog.
Mr. Dyer began his career as an executive trainee with Burdines department stores in Miami and rose through the ranks over 17 years to become Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. After leaving Burdines in 1979, he held executive positions at Lands’ End, including Managing Director of the Home Division, Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman, and served as Chief Operating officer and President of Home Shopping Network.
Mr. Dyer received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1971, and in 2005, he was named a distinguished alumnus of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
Hal is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Herbert Mines Associates. He joined the firm in 1993 as President, became CEO in 1998 when Herbert Mines assumed the Chairman's title, and became Chairman in 2004.
Hal specializes in CEO and Board level positions for large public and privately held retail and consumer product companies. Boards of directors and CEOs regularly call upon him for succession planning advice and compensation consulting. In 2008, BusinessWeek selected Hal as one of the 100 Most Influential Headhunters in the World. He is a frequent speaker on retail leadership and talent and has appeared on numerous times in print and on MSNBC and CNBC’s Power Lunch.
Hal entered the search business in 1986 when he joined Korn/Ferry International where he was promoted to Partner in 1988 (one of only two Partners appointed that year). Hal then joined Butler Capital Corporation, a private equity firm with over 20 portfolio companies.
As an operating Managing Director, Hal oversaw management changes in the portfolio companies and participated in due diligence for acquisitions.
A native of Oregon, Hal is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark Law School. He is a member of the Oregon and Connecticut bars. In addition, he is President of the Board of Trustees of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytical Institute.