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Heather O’Keefe

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Heather O’Keefe leads Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Family Business Advisory Practice. She is also an active member of the Firm’s Consumer, Board and Chief Executive Officers practices. She partners with family and founder-led clients on succession planning, board, and executive recruiting. She also advises consumer products clients on CEO/GM, board, marketing, and commercial roles, in addition to management assessments, succession and org design.

I am very fortunate to meet and work with amazing leaders every day, helping them solve their greatest business challenges with people solutions. We live at the intersection of humanity and impact, and it’s an energizing and rewarding place.

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 beauty products producer. She began her career in the Chicago office of Bain & Company, advising clients on 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 from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. When not working, you can find her golfing, cooking, practicing yoga and soaking up precious time with her daughter (11), son (8) and husband of 16 years.

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CEO Insights — Volume 35

CEO Insights — Volume 35

The mounting uncertainty of the past few years have weighed on long-term planning in family businesses. In our CEO study, we heard from 153… Read more

Building Continuity in the Family Enterprise

Building Continuity in the Family Enterprise

Diving into the key challenges faced by family enterprise leaders, and the solutions to achieve sustainable wealth. Read more

CPG’s Talent Lens is Expanding—Outside of the Industry

CPG’s Talent Lens is Expanding—Outside of the Industry

CPG companies may need to recruit from outside of the industry to capitalize on recent changes in consumer purchase behaviors, to optimize customer experience,… Read more

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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