Catherine A. Lepard

Overview

Catherine Lepard is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and managing partner of the global Retail Practice. She is also a member of the Consumer Markets Practice specializing in board, CEO, and executive leadership roles. She works with public and private companies across the spectrum of growth, transformation, and operationally-challenged situations.

Experience

In addition to her CEO and board director search work, Catherine works closely with organizations on digital transformation, diversity, and C-suite succession planning. She has considerable experience helping organizations navigate the complexities of today’s dynamic consumer environment, identifying diverse leaders with the agility to drive change and accelerate performance. Her work incorporates creating a thoughtful and disciplined approach to both short- and longer-term succession.

Catherine has led CEO, COO, CMO, CDO, president, and board director searches across the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Her sector focus includes lifestyle and specialty, luxury and mass, omnichannel, and digital retail clients. 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.

Education

University of Toronto, BA