November 29, 2010 – Chicago-based Cook Associates Executive Search has appointed Jessica Gentile as vice president of marketing communications. Prior to joining Cook, Ms. Gentile was with Heidrick & Struggles, where she held senior roles in marketing, strategy and search execution. Most recently, she served as manager, corporate development and strategy as well as global head, digital marketing for the firm. “I am proud to welcome Jessica to Cook and am confident she will add great value to our marketing initiatives company-wide,” said John Kins, chairman. “Our growth in both executive search and M&A advisory groups necessitates the need for a strong marketing executive like Jessica. She brings a blend of marketing expertise, strategy and operational experience in the industry that will help Cook solidify its presence as a major executive search and M&A advisory firm.” Founded in 1961, Cook Associates is an executive search and M&A advisory services firm with additional offices in Boston, New York City, and Stamford.