August 11, 2010 – Chicago-based Cook Associates Executive Search has appointed Mary Kier to serve as the CEO for the firm’s Executive Search Group. Cook Associates’ former chief, John Kins, will remain with the firm as chairman. In her new role, Ms. Kier will manage the day-to-day operations of the recruiting division. Additionally, she will continue to manage the consumer products and services search practice, the firm’s diversity business sector, as well as its global partnership with InterSearch. Ms. Kier joined the firm in 1984. “I am pleased to turn over the day-to-day operations of our search group to Mary Kier, a veteran of executive search and one of the top consultants in the industry,” said Mr. Kins. “Mary is highly respected by her clients, candidates and Cook personnel. She has demonstrated a strong and passionate commitment to the success and longevity of Cook Associates Executive Search and I am confident she will continue do an incredible job.” Founded in 1961, Cook Associates is an executive search and M&A advisory services firm.