Carlos Cata

Managing Partner

Carlos F. Cata serves as managing partner with DHR International and is based in the firm’s Chicago global headquarters. Carlos has extensive experience recruiting impactful senior leaders across multiple industry sectors, with a strong focus on companies seeking transformational growth. For the past 25 years, Carlos has helped companies build brands and develop relevant customer strategies through emerging technologies in digital and analytics.

Within today’s landscape, Carlos advises clients that seek to leverage advanced technology (AI and Machine Learning) to drive relevant market and customer decisions. His search practice extends across the breadth of commercial leadership functions for financial services, consumer, fintech, and technology companies. He also serves as a leader in the firm’s Diversity Practice Group with a special focus in Latino leaders. Prior to joining DHR, Carlos served as managing partner with CTPartners in the firm’s Global CMO Practice. Previously, Carlos was a regional managing partner with Heidrick & Struggles where he led the firm’s Marketing, Sales & Strategy Officers Practice in North America.

Before launching his executive search career, Carlos spent 18 years as a marketing leader, entrepreneur, and consultant working for some of the world’s premier companies including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, and the Zyman Group. Carlos earned an MBA, with distinction, from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in finance, magna cum laude, from Miami University of Ohio.

Currently, he serves on the national board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and on the foundation board for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.