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Ms. Mary E. Kier

Chief Executive Officer

Cook Associates Inc

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Cook Associates Inc

212 W Kinzie Street

Chicago, Illinois 60654

United States

Company Description

Cook Associates, founded in 1961, has always been dedicated to providing the highest quality executive search services to clients ranging from early stage and venture-funded companies to the Fortune 100. After 54 years in business, Cook Associates Executi ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Managing Director

Z Resource Group Inc

Affiliations

Board Member
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Member, Senior Advisory Board
Kendall College

Board Member
InterSearch Canada

Education

BS degree

Management & Industrial Relations

Minnesota State University

Web References (199 Total References)


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Mary Kier

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Mary Kier began her career in executive search with Cook Associates, where she was managing partner and practice leader of the consumer & industrial markets and private equity practices and a key member of the board advisory practice. Mary also served as the firm's diversity & inclusion practice leader.
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Mary Kier serves as Managing Director of ZRG Partners in Chicago and is a senior member of the Consumer and Private-Equity practice groups. Understanding the DNA of private equity is key to Mary's expertise in placing executives in private equity portfolio firms. By identifying the underlying business needs of the company, Mary advises boards and leadership teams on selecting executives that are impactful and add enterprise value as companies grow and expand. She is passionate about securing the best possible talent for any search, but as a member of the Diversity practice at ZRG, Mary is resolved to help clients build best-in-class diverse organizations.
Previous Experience
Mary began her career in executive search with Cook Associates, where she was Managing Partner and practice leader of the Consumer & Industrial Markets and Private Equity practices and a key member of the Board Advisory practice. Mary also served as the firm's Diversity & Inclusion practice leader.
Areas of Expertise
Throughout her career in executive search, Mary has built widespread respect for her comprehensive understanding of the strategies, operations, and management of companies in the consumer marketplace and for her grasp of the cultural nuances of companies and executive leadership teams. Her searches include CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, and Divisional Presidents as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, and Operations.
ConsumerDiversity & InclusionIndustrialPrivate EquitySenior Leadership
Education
Mary received her BS degree in Management & Industrial Relations from Minnesota State University. She is a member of several executive search industry organizations and is frequently called upon as a speaker and executive search expert.


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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.

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