Preetam (Pree) Rao leads Egon Zehnder’s North America Chief Marketing Officers practice and is a core member of the Consumer Practice. His focus areas include executive search, leadership assessment and development. Prior to joining the firm, Pree led businesses ranging from pre-revenue to $600MM+ across North America, Europe, and Africa with Unilever, Danone, and Novantas.
At Egon Zehnder, I get to live my purpose every day-by opening doors for exceptional leaders, identifying game changing talent for companies, and helping bring these incredible people and organizations together with the right support to impact culture and society.
Most recently, Pree was Senior Director of Oikos and Performance Nutrition for Danone North America. Before that, he spent four years with Danone Africa, where he led the turnaround of the company’s premium infant nutrition business, and two years with Danone Waters France. Pree originally joined Danone in the US to rebuild the Evian brand, having previously worked for Unilever in the U.S. and with the boutique management consultancy Novantas across the Americas and Europe.
Pree holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City with his wife and 2 young children.