Robert Richards

Specializing in CPG & Retail


Robert Richards, CEO
 Robert Richards is a founder and lead engagement recruiter for Axcel Recruiting Incorporated.  ARI is a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm that specializes in the recruitment of world class talent for the consumer packaged goods industry.   Robert's search practice focuses on the functional areas of sales and marketing as well as aligned functions such as category management, trade marketing and emerging sales and marketing oriented technology roles.

Prior to joining ARI, Robert was Regional Director for a boutique recruiting firm focusing in the grocery industry.  He managed senior level engagements for clients within the consumer packaged goods industry.   

Robert has project experience with corporate and field level Marketing, Category Management, Trade Marketing, National Account Sales, and Regional Sales for accounts such as Ahold, CVS, Eckerd’s, RiteAid, Target, Wal*Mart, Kmart, Safeway, Kroger, HEB, Publix, Home Depot, Supervalu, Delhaize, A&P, Wegmans, Stop &Shop, Shaw's, and Winn Dixie.   Robert has completed searches for Andrew Jergens, AC Nielsen, Bacardi, Borden, Coca-Cola, Dannon, Del Monte, dunnhumbyUSA, Estee Lauder, Fresh Express, Gillette, Heinz USA, Information Resources (IRI), Ingram Micro, Keebler, Kellogg’s, Kenosia, Lexmark, M&M/Mars, Nestle Waters, Novartis, Ocean Spray, Quaker Oats, Pepsi, Pillsbury, and Unilever.

Robert has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.