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Mary Kier
Managing Partner
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Professional Profile

Mary Kier serves as Managing Partner 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 Private and Family Boards and leadership teams on selecting executives that are impactful and add enterprise value as companies grow and expand. She is particularly adept at assisting family held companies transition from founder-lead C-suite executives, and has a deep respect for the stories and history behind multi-generational, family run organizations. She is passionate about securing the best possible talent for any search, but as the head 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 CEO after holding positions as 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.


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.