Kris Holmes, MBA, Pinnacle Society


Year Joined: 1995

Throughout more than two decades in executive recruitment, Kris Holmes has built an unparalleled track record of success in the recruitment profession.

In 2016, she was admitted into The Pinnacle Society, an influential consortium of 80 industry-leading recruiters (fewer than 1% of producers in the country) with a history of results. Members have a demonstrated track record of excellence, documented experience and tenure in the recruiting profession, and proven industry-specific expertise that sets them apart from other recruiters.

Kris is passionate about building strong productive relationships, acting as a trusted advisor and mentor, while building her clients’ business and her candidates’ careers.  Prior to O’Connell Group, Kris’s decade of experience in retail, consumer packaged goods and durables included some of the most respected brands in their sectors, including Marshall Fields, Johnson & Johnson, and Kraft.  Kris continued her marketing career with positions of increasing responsibility in the home furnishings industry with Herman Miller and at Ralston-Purina’s Continental Baking Company.

Kris graduated from Tufts University and earned her MMA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“I attended Kellogg as my goal was to transition into CPG marketing, and I was fortunate to have amazing experiences at each step of my career.

“When Continental Baking was sold, I thought about what I loved doing and realized the “people element” had consistently been the favorite aspect of each of my roles.  When I was offered a role with O’Connell Group, it was a natural fit from day one.

“Every day, I get to work with wonderful people, leveraging my knowledge and experience to help others attain their goals. I love our team orientation, long-term focus and being able to make a difference.”