We help companies build teams of world-class talent.

Do you believe that talent is your most valuable asset?
Are your teams being led by the most innovative talent?
Has your organization laid the talent foundation for the future?
For twenty years, we’ve been helping great companies recruit great talent - and we’re just getting started.

Our Company, DEI and ROI

Michelle is a creative person, an artist. She knows the deal. You just get the sense of her creativity when working with her.
SVP Design
Global Cosmetics Company

Michelle Stuhl & Company, Inc. is a female owned and operated global retained executive search firm. We are Creative, Design, Digital, Marketing, Merchandising, and Innovation leadership experts, securing extraordinary talent for leading organizations. As trusted partners, we work within all sectors including Consumer/B2B, eCommerce/Retail, Hospitality, Luxury and Lifestyle, Museums/Cultural Institutions, Technology, and Healthcare.

We build high-performing in-house teams across disciplines including Creative/Brand Design, Marketing, Digital/eCommerce, Content/Writers, Digital Product/UX/UI, Strategy, Innovation, Architecture/ Interiors/Environmental/Exhibition Design, Service Design, Industrial Design, and Product Development.

We work with organizations and corporations to develop and structure Creative, Design, and Marketing functions and processes. This includes developing the org structure and then identifying and placing the key leaders and team members through our thorough strategic search process.

Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), we have a high success rate of 57.5% in placing diverse candidates on search assignments.

We are proud that:
• 99% of our clients hire us for multiple assignments.
• 99% of our search assignments are completed successfully with an extremely high retention rate.

Past Searches

Chief / President / SVP / VP

  • Chief Design Officer
  • Chief Creative & Brand Officer
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Editor
  • President, Retail

Director / Teams

  • Strategy / Innovation
  • Brand Strategy / Design Strategy
  • Brand / Graphic / Package Design
  • UX Design
  • UI Design

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Client List

  • Estèe Lauder / La Mer / MAC Cosmetics / Bobbi Brown / Jo Malone / Tom Ford Beauty
  • Fresh
  • Beautycounter
  • e.l.f. [Eyes Lips Face]
  • OLLY
  • Wella

  • LVMH
  • Calvin Klein
  • Tiffany & Company
  • Tom Ford
  • Estèe Lauder
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Coach / Tapestry
  • Prada
  • Fendi
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Loro Piana
  • Armani
  • Vera Wang
  • Fresh
  • J. Mendel
  • Ray-Ban

  • NIKE
  • Levi Strauss / Dockers
  • Uniqlo
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Target
  • Gap, Inc. / Banana Republic / Old Navy
  • Ann Taylor
  • United Colors of Benetton
  • Best Buy
  • Esprit
  • Fox Racing

  • Herman Miller
  • Knoll
  • RH [Restoration Hardware]
  • Waterworks
  • The Shade Store
  • Hunter Douglas
  • Kohler
  • Steelcase / Orangebox

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Impossible
  • Brown-Forman / Jack Daniels
  • PepsiCo / Frito-Lay
  • Panera

  • Marriott / Starwood Hotels / St. Regis Hotels / W Hotels / Westin Hotels / Le Meridien
  • Virgin Group / Virgin Hotels

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • CBS / Turner Broadcasting

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Philips
  • Amgen
  • Intuitive

Michelle Stuhl

Michelle understands creative because she lives creative. That is her unique selling proposition. She understands that creative can be a strategic tool and that it is more than pretty pictures and beautiful words.
Creative Director

Michelle is committed to helping leaders build their businesses and grow their companies by identifying and recruiting the best talent on their behalf.

She places leaders and works with those leaders to build top-tier multidisciplinary teams, often from the ground-up. Consulting projects include restructuring departments to improve creativity and innovation. In addition, she guides clients on the selection of consultants for Marketing, Strategy/Innovation, Digital, Design, Corporate Identity and Product Development initiatives.

Michelle recently participated in the Design Management Institute dmi: Symposium 2022 Insights - "Shifting Design: reImagine & reInvent" panel on Design Majors and Careers Today, as well as in the 2020 dmi: Diversity in Design and in the 2020 dmi: Leadership Conference. Previously, she was a moderator for the dmi: New York Conference Panel on What Design Competencies Will Deliver in the Future.

She has written for Forbes Magazine, examining the rising role of the Chief Design Officer. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, and is on the Advisory Board for the Arizona State University (ASU) Master of Science in Innovation & Venture Development program, which is a transdisciplinary partner between the Engineering, Business and Design departments at ASU. She has served on the advisory boards for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), the Arizona State University Museum of Art, and the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art.

Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Michelle Stuhl