Jason Hecker


consultant name

Jason Hecker Egon Zehnder, Chicago


Jason Hecker, based in Chicago, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice Group and Chief Marketing Officers practice. He applies his extensive expertise to help both B2B and B2C companies search for candidates to fill a range of top leadership positions in areas including marketing, innovation, digital, communications, and R&D. Jason regularly advises global companies on leadership and talent strategies for driving fresh growth in times when companies and whole industries are transitioning to new paradigms. He also provides advice on client solutions ranging from management appraisals to leadership integration.


Jason draws on over 20 years’ experience as a global business executive at both early stage ventures and established Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder he was the chief commercial officer of PureCircle Limited, the world’s leading innovator and producer of stevia sweeteners and flavors, where he pioneered global markets, advised hundreds of food and beverage leaders on strategic growth initiatives, and scaled up the commercial infrastructure to support breakthrough growth. Before that, Jason managed a wide range of major brand portfolios and drove the development of new products at Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Earlier in his career, Jason worked as a consultant specializing in digital integration and consumer health, and served as Head of strategic consulting services for Chicago-based agency, Organic Inc.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Michigan, focusing on psychology as a natural science. He then went on to complete an MBA with high distinction at the Kellogg School of Management while majoring in marketing and strategy.

News and Publications

Food Processing – Food Industry Disruption Spells Opportunity for Ingredients Companies

The combination of 3G Capital’s ongoing acquisitions, margin pressure from discounters like Aldi and Lidl and the expectations of activist investors has thrown consumer packaged goods companies in the food space squarely on the defensive. Most have reacted by going into cost-cutting mode, slashing entire layers of marketing and R&D talent from their organizations.

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

consultant name

Jason Hecker Egon Zehnder, Chicago