September 15, 2011 – Chicago-based Cook Associates Executive Search has added Harry Wilson as a managing director. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Wilson will support Cook's financial services & insurance practice, working closely with practice managing director Kevin Parker. In particular, he will focus his search practice on the consumer and commercial banking and wealth management sectors, and on the functional areas of IT, accounting, internal audit and risk management. Mr. Wilson joins Cook from Freddie Mac, where he was director of executive recruiting since 2006. “With more than 33 years of experience in both industry and executive search, Harry is more than qualified to leverage existing relationships to further expand Cook's financial services footprint, particularly in strategic growth areas like the East Coast and Southeast markets,” said Mary Kier, CEO of Cook Associates. Founded in 1961, Cook Associates is a retained executive search firm with offices in Chicago, Boston, Des Moines, Los Angeles, New York and Richmond.