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YSP is a Boutique Executive Search Firm committed to providing high touch, strength-of-fit oriented search, recruitment and career counsel services. 

We concentrate our efforts on CEO, COO, President, GM and functional leader searches in the small and mid-cap Consumer Products Industry with a strong emphasis on private equity/privately held growth companies.

Founded in 1999, YSP is not a new name in the CPG industry. Its founder, David Youngerman, has recruited in the industry for over thirty years and has twice been named to Forbes Top 200 Executive Search Firms. David is proud to have developed long-term, repeat relationships with many of the top PE firms whose primary focus is the Consumer Goods industry. Over the past twenty plus years YSP has partnered with industry icon brands/companies like Burt’s Bees, Kettle Foods, OATLY, Barilla, Seventh Generation, Columbus Foods, Paris Presents, Kona Brewing Company, Horizon Organic, Wise Snacks, PurposeBuilt Brands, Visual Comfort and Sahale Snacks in building their executive teams leading to successful exits.


Throughout its existence YSP has worked diligently to continually establish in-depth relationships with candidate networks that have highly sought after leadership experience across multiple CPG categories that also compete in most channels to include: Grocery, Mass, Drug, C-Store, FoodService, Natural, Club, E-Commerce and D-T-C. By constantly adding to and massaging our current and past client & candidate networks YSP is quickly able to create a tailor-made search strategy that allows us to partner in a highly effective & efficient manner on each individual assignment. 


Lastly, YSP believes many of the best matches aren’t always based upon resume-job description syncronicity. We take extra time during our mutual partnering with clients and candidates to identify and understand key off-paper dynamics such as company culture, leadership style, specific growth phase of the company and private equity goals to help determine fit. We believe these efforts are unique to our firm and why many of our relationships are so long-lasting.

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