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20 Years of Leadership


After a fifteen year tenure with three major international food and consumer product companies, Robin Copping took her hands-on knowledge of the food industry and founded her own retained executive search firm, CEO Search Partners.

Prior to founding CEO Search Partners, Robin held several key positions for her previous employers. She was directly responsible for all US sales and also ran foodservice and retail. She has direct experience working with national foodservice operators, distributors, manufacturers, retail grocery, warehouse clubs, industrial food processing and more.

She also served as the Senior Vice President of Foodservice and Consumer Packaged Goods for one of the largest global retained search firms.


Robin leveraged her strong technical background and deep network of food-related industry executives and expanded her practice in mentoring a staff of professional consultants.

Her staff of food industry related experts takes an innovative approach to the recruiting process and are recognized for their commitment to quality. CEO Search Partners specializes in executive recruitment to the following food-related industries: Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail, Foodservice Manufacturing, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Consumer Packaged Goods Technology, Flavor & Ingredient, Startups, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Operations, Foodservice Operator & Large Restaurant Chain, Food & Beverage, Private & Family Owned, Technology & Analytics, Natural & Organic, Large Public & Fortune 500, Diversity & Inclusion, and Business-to-Business & Trade Associations.

Our deep personal network, persistence and ability to achieve unmatched results position us for success in executive recruiting to the food-related industries.


After a decade of recruiting, CEO Search Partners established itself as the leader in providing executive search to the food-related industries.

Robin and her staff focus on filling key roles, including President’s, CEO’s, Vice President’s, General Management, and Directors to the food-related industries. CEO Search Partners works as a strategic partner to fast-growth startups and global companies, both private and public.

As CEO of a woman-owned business certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Robin and her firm’s recruiting efforts include promoting women, as well as diversity, in the workforce.


CEO Search Partners’ hands-on knowledge of the food and food-related industries is further enhanced by our active participation in it. CEO Search Partners is the only search firm globally that belongs to thirty-four food industry-related associations. We are the most networked search firm in the industry. In fact, CEO Search Partners is the only search firm that is a member of both the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and that actively participates in their top-to-top CEO conferences and chairman’s forums.

Each year, we attend sixteen major food-related conferences and shows, and host several of our own executive-level events.


After twenty years of executive search leadership within food-related industries, CEO Search Partners’ philosophy remains solid and true: “We offer unparalleled service to our clients, without off-limits issues, as well as total flexibility and unprecedented bottom-line results.”

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