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Chief Executive Officer

Cook Associates Executive Search
Cook Associates Inc
212 W Kinzie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
United States

Company Description: In 2007, the Executive Search division of Cook Associates established River North, its sister company dedicated to the recruitment of manager level talent. Cook...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BS degree , Management and Industrial Relations
  • bachelor of science degree , management and industrial relations
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River North Search - Team - Mary Kier, President, 8 June 2014 [cached]
Mary Kier, President River North Search - Team - Mary Kier, President
Mary Kier President
Mary Kier Mary Kier serves as President of River North, providing senior leadership and direction to the group. In tandem, she is Vice Chairman for Cook Associates, Inc. She began her career with Cook Associates, Inc. in 1984 and today oversees the executive search division based in the Chicago headquarters.
Her additional responsibilities include leading the Consumer practice, which involves managing an integrated team specializing in consumer services, durables, non durables, packaged goods, and food and beverage. Further, as the Diversity practice leader, she brings an expertise in building diverse teams and has successfully led recruiting efforts to build diverse executive talent pipelines.
Throughout her search career at Cook Associates, Inc., Mary has specialized in conducting executive search assignments in the consumer industry and has developed an international reputation and loyal client following. She has a comprehensive understanding of the strategies, operations and management of consumer products organizations which enables her to quickly grasp the nuances of each senior level search she conducts for her clients.
With over 20 years in the industry, Mary has conducted more than 500 searches for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Division Presidents, as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance and Manufacturing. She has developed a strong reputation for her consultative approach to search strategy, and her strong execution abilities are validated by on-going and repeat business with long-term clients.
Mary received her BS degree in Management and Industrial Relations with high honors. She is a member of several industry organizations, and is actively involved in Cook Associates' partnership with InterSearch - one of the top ten worldwide executive search consortiums. In addition to being called upon as a speaker at annual global summits, Mary manages relationships with search partners in 45 countries.
Board of Directors | 2013 Press Releases, 4 Mar 2014 [cached]
Mary Kier, CEO Cook Associates, Inc. 212 W. Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 60654 312.755.5614
Mary Kier Joins Senior Advisory Board of Kendall College's School of Business
CHICAGO â€" January 7, 2013 â€" Cook Associates Executive Search (, a leader in retained executive search, today announced that Mary Kier, CEO of Cook Associates Executive Search, has joined the Senior Advisory Board of Kendall College’s School of Business effective January 1, 2013.
Board duties include supporting student involvement and connection in the marketplace with internship opportunities and job leads/placements, providing input on curriculum development and marketing ideas for the school and its enrollment, and serving as ambassadors through outreach and networking in the business community.
“At Cook Associates we celebrate the tradition of giving back and serving the community,†said Kier. “With that principle in mind I am pleased to join Kendall College’s School of Business Senior Advisory Board, and hope to add significant value to the entire Kendall community â€" but especially for the students and their efforts to grow professionally â€" through my experience in executive search and business development.â€
Kier also serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and of InterSearch, the worldwide organization of executive search firms.
Tags: Mary Kier, Kendall College, Advisory Board, CEO, Board of Directors
Mary Kier - ..., 4 June 2014 [cached]
Mary Kier - USA
Mary Kier - USA
Mary Kier - USA Leadership Print Email
mary kier Mary began her search career with Cook Associates in 1984 and has been promoted several times to her current position of CEO of Cook Associates Executive Search In addition to her own search practice in Consumer Products and Services, Mary leads the Consumer & Retail practice, managing an integrated team of consultants specializing in Consumer Services, Consumer Durable and Non-Durable Goods, CPG and FMCG.
In addition, Mary serves as the firm's Diversity & Inclusion practice leader. She is passionate about building diverse teams and has successfully worked with members of senior management teams to develop high performance plans to build best-in-class diverse organizations.
Her search work encompasses CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, Divisional Presidents as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, and Operations.
Since Cook Associates joined InterSearch in 2006 Mary coordinates the relationships with the international search partners.
Mary received her BS degree in Management and Industrial Relations with high honors. She is a member of several industry organizations.
Leadership - InterSearch - Think Globally. Act Locally., 4 June 2014 [cached]
Mary Kier - USA
Mary Kier - USA
Mary Kier Director
CEO Mary Kier Appointed to Board of Directors of InterSearch Worldwide, 7 June 2011 [cached]
Mary Kier appointed to Board of Directors of InterSearch Worldwide CEO Mary Kier Appointed to Board of Directors of InterSearch Worldwide Mergers and Acquisitions, Executive Search - Cook Associates Executive Search
CEO Mary Kier Appointed to Board of Directors of InterSearch Worldwide
Chicago - June 7, 2011 - Cook Associates, the retained executive search and M&A advisory services firm, today announced that Mary Kier, chief executive officer of Cook Associates Executive Search, was elected to the board of directors of InterSearch Worldwide. The three-year appointment was made during the organization's annual General Assembly, held in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 12-15.
InterSearch Worldwide is a global consortium of executive search firms operating in 45 countries and 90 offices around the world. Member firms have an average of 20 years of experience, work extensively with multinationals, and are well positioned to take on the most challenging search assignments.
"I'm pleased to have Mary on the board.
CEO Kier has more than 27 years of executive search experience with Cook Associates, recruiting for C-level assignments as well as for the heads of all functional disciplines. She has worked with clients of all sizes and ownership types, ranging from privately held businesses, to private equity portfolio companies, as well as large multinational organizations. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, Mary is also actively involved in the firm's Consumer Markets, Diversity and Inclusion and International search practices.
Kier said, "InterSearch Worldwide provides the leadership and resources to assure the highest level executive search process and results.
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