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Catherine Lepard


Managing Partner, Global Consumer Retail
Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.
Catherine Lepard is the Managing Partner for Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Retail Practice and a key member of the firm’s global Consumer Markets Practice specializing in Board, CEO and Executive leadership roles. Catherine’s work includes working with public and private companies across the spectrum of growth, transformation and operationally challenged situations.

In addition to her CEO & 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 works incorporates a thoughtful and disciplined approach to both short- and longer-term succession.

Catherine has led CEO, President/COO, CMO, CDO 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.

Catherine holds a BA from the University of Toronto.

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Monday Jan 13
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Kustomer Stage, Hall E, Level 1
As retailers face competitive disruption and changing consumer requirements, they are simultaneously confronted with never before seen challenges with their workforce.  Much of this is driven by demographic and population shifts, pace of... Read more