Catherine Lepard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office where she leads the firm’s global Retail Practice. She is also a key member of the firm’s global Consumer Markets Practice specializing in board, CEO, and executive leadership roles. Catherine works extensively with clients in both the corporate and private equity sectors globally and counts among her clients some of the best-known brand names in the consumer sector. She brings an advisory style that is stakeholder oriented and aims to enhance enterprise value.
In addition to board and CEO-level roles, Catherine works with clients to find the best possible leadership talent they need to drive change and accelerate performance across functions, industries, and geographies. She brings a keen focus on navigating the intertwined complexities of customer experience, operational excellence, supply chain, and cybersecurity in a hyper-connected digital age.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Catherine was a partner with a major North American boutique firm, where she specialized in the consumer sector servicing clients in the retail, consumer products, hospitality, and leisure sectors.
Catherine’s early career experience includes roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing at an international consulting firm specializing in merger and acquisition activities for Fortune 500 and venture capital-financed companies.
Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto.