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Joe Brennan
Managing Director
Chicago, IL
M: +1.312.505.8272


Joe Brennan is a Managing Director within ZRG’s Industrial Practice. He is also a member of the Private Equity and Consumer practice groups.

Previous Experience

Prior to entering search, Joe built a 30-year executive sales career in diversified manufacturing and product commercialization with expertise in Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS). Joe’s knowledge of manufacturing disciplines includes plastics processing, aluminum die casting, precision machining, metal stamping, factory automation, complex assembly, and automated packaging.. Joe has led product development initiatives ranging from handheld mobile communications devices to Class III medical implants Joe’s clients range from mid-cap, private equity-owned entities to large, publicly traded firms in the Industrial and Food, Beverage, and Nutrition industry segments.


Joe earned his BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and his MBA in Marketing from the Keller Graduate School of Business.

Hobbies and Interests

In his free time, Joe enjoys exercising and being a grandparent. As an avid sports lover, he is a fan of all Chicago sports teams and his Wisconsin Badgers. He extends this passion into his life as a youth rugby coach for the Northshore Rhinos, the 2022 U15 Illinois State Champions.

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