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Mary Elizabeth Sadd

Senior Client Partner, Global Industrial Practice, North America Packaging Practice

A key member of the firm’s global CEO Succession Practice, Ms. Sadd has a long track record of work with CEOs, creating senior teams that successfully deliver on the business strategy. 

During her 25 years in executive search, Ms. Sadd has successfully led many searches at the top level of organizations, including those for CEO, COO, CCO, President and GM roles.  Clients have spanned the Fortune 500, as well as private, private equity, and venture capital-backed companies, where she has advised on broad talent management strategies. 

Ms. Sadd is particularly well known for her leadership and development work in the industrial and packaging sectors as well as leading the firm’s Chief Commercial Officer’s practice for the Industrial market. She also participated in Korn Ferry’s landmark study of women’s journeys to Fortune 1000 company leadership and Women CEOs Speak report, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, and presents on the insights and actionable applications to more effectively progress women in leadership.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Sadd was the President and CEO of Pinnacle Search Partners LLC, an executive search firm with a global scope, focused on CEO and other leadership positions, in the industrial and packaging markets. 

In addition to her executive search and management succession and development work, Ms. Sadd held leadership positions with GE Plastics and Mobil Chemical, Plastic Packaging Group earlier in her career.

Ms. Sadd has a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from The University of Georgia and is fluent in Spanish.