Angus (Rory) Finlay, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer Practice. In these times of dynamic industry change and disruption, he draws on his deep industry and consulting experience to advise clients on leadership development and talent strategy. Rory specializes in CEO assignments that deliver transformation through talent and organizational capability building. He is also active in the firm’s Board Consulting, Chief Marketing Officers, and Human Resources practices.
I get up every day to be the catalyst for changing people’s lives through great leadership. It’s through diversity of leadership and cultivating top talent that great companies positively impact themselves and make the world a better place.
Rory’s global consumer industry experience includes launching new brands, like Orbit chewing gum, at Wrigley; reigniting iconic brands, such as Canadian Club; and driving category-breaking innovations. Before joining Egon Zehnder, Rory was Senior Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc. Earlier, while based in Munich, he led marketing operations across 30+ European countries for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company before serving as the Vice President and General Manager for Wrigley’s confectionery brands. Rory began his marketing career in the textile industry at Celanese Corporation in New York.
Rory earned a BA (with honors) in textile management from the University of Leeds and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. When not on the road, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing, and skiing near his home in Montana. Rory is married with three children and a baby granddaughter. He is a native Scot and naturalized U.S. citizen.