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Sue Hardek
Managing Director
Chicago, IL
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PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Sue Hardek joined ZRG as a Managing Director in 2022. Sue has spent the past 25 years identifying and recruiting talent to fuel business growth in the digital industry.

Early in her blossoming career, she led the Technology practice for a regional executive search firm as the first female Managing Director responsible for 60% ($2.4MM) of revenues. That was followed by her first Founder / Partner position in a start-up Executive Recruiting firm in the first dot.com boom, which led to bigger and better things at Capgemini, where she built an internal Executive Search organization.

Sue was later recruited by the global digital agency, Digitas where Sue rose to VP/Group Director of Human Resources in Chicago, the fastest-growing office in the Digitas global network. There she led all talent strategy and recruitment for all practice areas of the agency. She then moved on to become Chief Talent Officer at Manifest Digital, a digital experience design firm where she built the talent organization from the ground up and drove all Executive level searches across all practice areas (Marketing, Digital Strategy, Technology, Creative, UX, and Media).

Immediately before joining Talentfoot, Sue led her own boutique firm specializing in Talent Acquisition and HR consulting for Digital Marketing, Media, Technology, and Experience Design roles working with clients like Digitas, Accenture, Constellation Brands, Jack Morton, and Sears to name few. In addition to Executive Search, she also served as an HR advisor and coach to Executive-level clients helping with organizational design and HR best practices.

Previous Experience

Sue joins ZRG from Talentfoot Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm focused on the digital industry.  At Talentfoot, Sue was a Managing Partner and led Marketing, Media, and Digital Experience practices.  She partners with PE/VC-firms, Series B and beyond start-ups to Fortune 100 clients helping them find digital change agents and leaders to scale and/or transform their businesses. Most recently, Sue has been focused in helping clients find world-class eCommerce, Digital Marketing, and Digital Product executives.

Education

Sue earned a BS in Accounting from Villanova University. When she’s not brushing glass from shattered ceilings off her shoulders, she's exploring the world through the eyes of her 13-year-old daughter in and around Chicagoland.