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"Mary is a skilled executive recruiter. She was exceptional at understanding our needs. She took the time to listen to our requirements – to get to know our business in a way that other firms never tried to do. In turn, we were presented with spot-on candidates in an efficient and timely manner. In the end, we couldn’t be happier with our final selection. Mary and the Cook team are highly recommended."
- Dale VanDellen, Chairman, Account Control Technology, Inc.

"Mary has the same goal that we have: to find the best candidate for the position that will assist us in achieving our organizational goals."
- Chris Rosenthal, Director, Talent Management & Diversity, USG

"Mary's 25-year track record of success in executive search allowed her to share great insights and perspectives for our executives in transition on today's challenging marketplace. Working effectively with the recruiters can be challenging, especially for individuals in transition. By giving our clients a much better appreciation for how this process really works, Mary has equipped them to communicate better and ultimately to be more successful in building relationships with recruiters. Our clients really appreciated Mary's candor and enjoyed a very dynamic and interactive session."
- Sharon Noha, Senior Vice President of Robertson Lowstuter, commenting on a recent round table discussion hosted by Mary Kier

"Mary is an outstanding search professional and she was instrumental in helping us find a CEO for our fast-growing portfolio company. She listened carefully to our specific criteria, then leveraged her network of consumer industry contacts to identify a number of strong candidates."
- Josh Goldin
Board Member, CleanBrands LLC
Principal, private equity firm

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Mary Kier
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Mary Kier

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Mary began her search career with the firm in 1984 and has been promoted several times to her current position as Managing Partner of Cook Associates. Mary leads the Consumer and Industrial Markets Practice, and the Private Equity Practice, managing an integrated team of consultants. She is also a key member of our Board Advisory Practice.

Understanding the DNA of private equity is key to Mary’s expertise in placing executives in private equity portfolio firms.  That is why she has come to be respected for her abilities to ascertain the underlying themes in the company, and to identify with the executive leadership teams, in order to select new executives to enter and be impact players once they are on board.  That same deep diagnostic is applied in her advisement of Board’s to ensure succession planning for more successful enterprise value as companies grow and expand.

In addition, Mary serves as the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Practice leader. She is passionate about building diverse teams and has successfully worked with members of senior management teams to develop high performance plans to build best-in-class diverse organizations. Cook Associates recognizes the value in a team comprised of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The Diversity & Inclusion Practice believes that organizations with a strong belief in diversity recruitment will be prepared to take the lead in their respective industry for years to come.

Mary is also actively involved in the firm's partnership with InterSearch - one of the top ten worldwide executive search consortiums - where she serves as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Global Diversity and Board Practice.

Throughout her search career at Cook Associates, Mary has been recognized for bringing unique value to every search initiative and for passionately delivering on her promises. She measures her success on personally contributing to the face of corporate America, uniting the best and brightest talent to her client companies. She is respected for her comprehensive understanding of the strategies, operations and management of companies in the marketplace and for her grasp of the cultural nuances of companies and executive leadership teams. Her search work encompasses CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, Divisional Presidents as well as functional heads of Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, and Operations.

In addition to being called upon as an executive search expert, Mary is also actively involved in the community. 

Mary received her bachelor of science degree in management and industrial relations with high honors. She is a member of several industry organizations.

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