Renowned headhunter Fran Minogue has set up her own executive search business focused on the retail and consumer sectors.

Minogue, who left Heidrick & Struggles where she headed the retail team earlier this year, has named her new venture Clarity to reflect its focused nature and the style of business relationship she intends to deliver.

Minogue said: “I want to offer a more personal and tailored relationship with clients – long-term deep relationships based on trust and mutual respect.”

She believes that Clarity will be more agile and attuned to customer needs than some of the large-scale search companies. “Headhunting is a personal business. I feel the big firms are not doing that well,” she said.

As well as the board-level appointments in which Minogue has specialised, Clarity will conduct searches for function-heads at one level below the board.

Minogue’s placements over the past 18 months have included Allan Leighton as chairman of Peacocks and Paul Mason as Cath Kidston chairman.