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. That is why she has come to be respected for her abilities to ascertain the underlying themes in the company, and to identify with the executive leadership teams, in order to select new executives to enter and be impact players once they are on board. That same deep diagnostic is applied in her advisement of Board’s to ensure succession planning for more successful enterprise value as companies grow and expand. Throughout her search career, Mary has been recognized for bringing unique value to every search initiative and for passionately delivering on her promises. She measures her success on personally contributing to the face of corporate America, uniting the best and brightest talent with her client companies. She is respected 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 search work encompasses CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, Divisional Presidents as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, and Operations.