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Heather O’Keefe

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Based in Houston, Heather O’Keefe leads Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Consumer Products Practice and is a member of the Firm’s Board and Chief Executive Officers practices. She serves clients in the consumer goods, retail, and apparel sectors with a particular focus on CEO/GM, board, marketing, and sales roles. Besides executive search, Heather advises clients on management appraisals and succession planning, organization strategy, and accelerated integration of transitioning executives.

There is a special aha moment when I meet an executive who will not only make a tangible impact on a client’s business but also be a genuinely good culture fit. That intersection of bottom-line impact and chemistry is incredibly powerful.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Heather held a range of marketing and general management roles with the Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, and Paris Presents Incorporated, a family-owned producer of branded and private-label personal care products. She began her career in the Chicago office of Bain & Company, advising clients in the consumer products, electronics, and financial services industries on topics including post-merger integration, breakout growth strategy, supply chain strategy, and procurement.

Heather earned a BA in economics, mathematical methods in the social sciences, and sociology from Northwestern University and an MBA with focuses on marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. When not working, she loves to spend time golfing, cooking, and enjoying time with her husband and two children.

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CPG: A Chance For True Change

CPG: A Chance For True Change

CPG companies, large and small, impacted by Covid are pivoting to become increasingly agile in response to consumer needs. Read more

Houston HR Leaders Look Ahead At Implications Of The Covid-19 Crisis

Houston HR Leaders Look Ahead At Implications Of The Covid-19 Crisis

On Thursday, April 23rd, Egon Zehnder’s Houston office hosted 25 senior HR leaders to reflect on the current state of their businesses amidst the… Read more

Houston HR Leaders Share Tactics and Strategies During Covid-19 Crisis

Houston HR Leaders Share Tactics and Strategies During Covid-19 Crisis

On Tuesday March 24th, our Houston office hosted 20 senior HR leaders to discuss their insights on managing business continuity and leading their organizations… Read more

CERAWeek

CERAWeek

Egon Zehnder has partnered with CERAWeek since 2015, convening an annual CEO Breakfast Panel that brings together top energy decision-makers from around the world… Read more

Board Excellence in Both Strategy and Oversight

Board Excellence in Both Strategy and Oversight

In today’s environment, boards are expected to fulfillll their traditional oversight and compliance role and also add value through strategic insight and guidance. Read more

A new vision of sales leadership: Looking past likability in a time of disruption

A new vision of sales leadership: Looking past likability in a time of disruption

The consumer products sector is in the midst of dramatic change. Manufacturers are reconfiguring through mergers and spinoffs. Retailers undergo consolidation and pricing pressure… Read more

CERAWeek 2017

CERAWeek 2017

An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended cycle of the current downturn – now being characterized as “lower for… Read more

CERAWeek 2016

CERAWeek 2016

From exploration to distribution, the energy industry is confronting historic challenges and opportunities that are testing the ability of its leaders to navigate uncertainty Read more

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