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Pree Rao

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Preetam (Pree) Rao co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Marketing and Sales practice with a focus on helping CEOs and their teams drive topline transformation. His areas of expertise include executive search (CMO, CGO, CCO, CEO), board search, leadership assessment and development. A trusted advisor to senior leaders, Pree is a core member of the Consumer Practice and has played a key role in driving widespread cross-sector adoption of Egon Zehnder’s Accelerated Integration program in the U.S.

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.

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. 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, 2 young children and their dog.

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3 Priorities for Today’s Marketing Leaders

3 Priorities for Today’s Marketing Leaders

Consultants Martha Williams and Pree Rao, alongside other experts, weigh in on trends and challenges in a time of radical industry shifts. Read more

CEO Insights — Volume 38: Be Real - The Renewed Focus on Authentic Leadership

CEO Insights — Volume 38: Be Real - The Renewed Focus on Authentic Leadership

What we are hearing from leaders and workers of every generation is that there is a renewed commitment for authentic leadership afoot. Read more

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Eleventh Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Eleventh Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit, 2021, focuses on the theme of Marketing Leadership: "What’s Around the Corner?” As always, we explore topics from both… Read more

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Twelfth Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Twelfth Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

Egon Zehnder is a founding partner of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit, now in its 13th year. Read more

Big to Small: CMOs Share Their Journeys

Big to Small: CMOs Share Their Journeys

When CMOs at successful companies decide to take a chance on life at a smaller company, they get a lot of wide eyes and… Read more

Marketers: Dare to Dream and Disrupt Yourself

Marketers: Dare to Dream and Disrupt Yourself

As the keynote of the 2021 Kellogg Marketing Summit, CMO of NotCo Fernando Machado shared ten key lessons that any marketer can learn from.… Read more

You're a Marketer. So Why Isn't Your Own Brand Distinctive?

You're a Marketer. So Why Isn't Your Own Brand Distinctive?

You're a marketer. So why isn't your own brand distinctive? The first question to start with when thinking about your own brand is a… Read more

Why Your CMO Is Critical to Diversity and Inclusion

Why Your CMO Is Critical to Diversity and Inclusion

As companies broaden their definitions of DE&I, they will increasingly view it as imperative to their business success. Read more

Fast Forward: Pree Rao at Brand Week Istanbul 2020

Fast Forward: Pree Rao at Brand Week Istanbul 2020

Egon Zehnder's Pree Rao spoke with Bediz Eker, Managing Director, Strategy for VMLY&R, about how COVID-19 has disrupted the marketing function and what's in… Read more

Big “M” Marketing Just Got Bigger

Big “M” Marketing Just Got Bigger

If markets are transformed and the marketing function is evolving at an accelerated rate, who can you rely on to lead a re-imagined marketing… Read more

New Marketing for the New Normal

New Marketing for the New Normal

Changing market dynamics are driving shifts in the marketing function. The pandemic has accelerated those trends, and in many cases, left its own unique… Read more

Market-Morphosis: How the Landscape has Changed

Market-Morphosis: How the Landscape has Changed

The marketing landscape is not going back to “normal.” It has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And more change is yet to come. Read more

CPG: Big Is Back

CPG: Big Is Back

It’s easy to forget, but not too long ago, large fast moving consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Mars, Nestle and Unilever… Read more

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