Donald Chae possesses deep expertise across financial services, especially in wealth management, asset management, retail banking, and investment markets. Based in Chicago, he assists clients with board and executive search as well as management appraisal and development. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Financial Officer practices.
I’m energized by helping my clients master their challenges and helping individuals navigate their career choices for maximum satisfaction.
Before joining Egon Zehnder, Donald was the Senior Vice President for Finance at Northern Trust, where he managed that company’s capital expenditures for IT, transformed its middle and back offices, and designed and led a major profit-improvement program. Before that, he was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, working in the Corporate Finance and Financial Services practices. Earlier, he was the Vice President for Strategic Planning of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Donald earned a BA from Southern Methodist University and a PhD in music history from the University of Chicago, in addition to studying in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. He currently serves on the Alumni Board of Governors of the University of Chicago. When not otherwise engaged, he enjoys spending time with his family, classical music, traveling, and food and cooking.