Abbee Phillips


Abbee Phillips is a Partner at JM Search and a member of the Firm’s Consumer Practice.  She is one of the founding Partners of the firm’s entry into the legal cannabis industry. She recruits C-level executives for retail, consumer, and ecommerce businesses for private equity-backed, private and publicly held companies. For more than three decades, Abbee has worked with highly marketed clients to execute senior-level executive searches in merchandising, marketing, operations, and finance. She has placed executives with leading brands and retailers that have included Deva Curl, Mission, Boardriders, La Jolla Group, and Movement/Earth Treks.

Prior to JM Search, Abbee spent 14 years as a Client Partner at Korn/Ferry, where she was a member of the firm’s Global Consumer Market and Financial Officers Center of Expertise. She joined Korn/Ferry after five years with a New York-based boutique executive search firm.

Abbee earned her M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She currently sits on the advisory board of Margaux (, a startup made-to-measure footwear company. She also serves on the HR Committee of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), a registered 501©3 nonprofit that supports women, strengthens families and builds communities through information, referral, counseling, legal, and educational services. Outside of the office, Abbee enjoys spending time with her family (especially at the beach), trekking across North America for her son’s hockey games, music and the outdoors.