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Donald Chae

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At Egon Zehnder, Donald serves clients primarily in the Financial Services and CFO practices. Within Financial Services, he works across sectors (e.g., consumer banking, insurance, etc.) and focuses on C-suite succession planning, C-suite executive searches, and Board Director searches. He is also a leader in the firm’s CFO practice, working primarily in financial services and consumer / retail industries, for both public and PE-backed businesses of all sizes. And as a personal passion, Donald does as much work as possible in the arts, culture, and education practice.

I’m energized by helping my clients find ‘unicorn’ candidates and by working closely with individuals to help them navigate their career choices to find the most compelling opportunities.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Donald was a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust in Finance and in Enterprise Transformation. Before joining Northern Trust, Donald was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of the Corporate Finance and Financial Services practices. Donald also worked at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Vice President of Strategic Planning.

Donald earned a BA from Southern Methodist University and a PhD in Music History from the University of Chicago, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France. He serves on the Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Chicago, and he was a 2014 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. Donald lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with his wife and two boys, and enjoys cooking, playing piano, and tennis in his free time.

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