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ZRG’s Consumer Practice Group Grows with Addition of Managing Director Sue Hardek

Rochelle Park, NJ, November 16, 2022 ZRG, a New Jersey-based global talent advisory firm, welcomes Sue Hardek as Managing Director. She brings with her 25 years of experience identifying talented leaders to bolster business growth within the digital industry. Sue will serve as a member of ZRG’s Consumer Practice.

Sue enters ZRG following a tenure as Managing Partner for Talentfoot Executive Search, where she led the led Marketing, Media, and Digital Experience practice groups. Before joining Talentfoot, she led her own boutique firm, with clients including Accenture, Constellation Brands, Jack Morton, and Digitas. The firm focused on engagements for digital marketing, technology, and experience design roles, but Sue also coached and advised executive leaders on organizational design and Human Resources best practices.

Other career highlights include leading the Technology practice of a regional executive search firm as its first female Managing Director, where Sue was responsible for 60% of revenues ($2.4M); establishing an internal executive search organization for Capgemini; rising to VP/Group Director of Human Resources for Digitas, subsequently growing the Chicago office by 500% during her tenure; and serving as Chief Talent Officer for Manifest Digital, where she built the talent organization from scratch and drove all executive-level searches.

In her search practice, Sue serves private equity and venture capital firms, Series B and beyond startups, and Fortune 100 clients alike. She is adept at scoping out digital change agents and leaders to scale and/or transform businesses, with a recent focus on identifying world-class eCommerce, Digital Marketing, and Digital Product executives.

“Sue has proven herself to be a nimble talent advisor and consultant, adapting and growing with her startup, midsized, and large/complex partner organizations across all industries,” Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG, said. “She boasts an impressive track record of growing businesses 300% on average during her respective tenures, and we look forward to similar success as she joins our expanding Consumer practice group.”

“ZRG’s people and collaborative culture, as well as its preeminent suite of digital assessment tools, differentiate it from other executive search and talent advisory firms,” Sue added. “I am beyond excited for this opportunity to provide value and grow the organization, leveraging my digital industry acumen and expertise to help further broaden ZRG’s capabilities.”

About ZRG

ZRG is a global talent advisory firm that is changing the way companies hire and manage talent. ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about how to find top talent. The company’s digital Zi platform combines talent intelligence, candidate insights, and process improvement to dramatically deliver executive searches quicker and with proven better results.

Today, with the help of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained search, on-demand talent, and consulting and advisory solutions across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

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