Eric Zakre is a consultant based in Spencer Stuart’s New York office and has been with the firm for nearly ten years. As a core member of the firm’s Technology Officer, Financial Services, and FinTech practices, he specializes in the succession planning, recruitment, and assessment of CIOs, CTOs, COOs, CDOs and general managers of software businesses. Eric has worked on more than 250 engagements with a range of clients over the course of his career, from Fortune 500 companies to sponsor-backed and nonprofit organizations around the world.

Expertise in change leadership

  • Eric is a trusted partner with clients facing a variety of critical leadership issues including digital transformation, operational effectiveness, scaling for growth, culture change and diversity.
  • He brings broad leadership advisory experience spanning executive search and recruitment, executive assessment, succession planning and leadership development.
  • His recent experience includes a COO search for a Fortune 50 insurance company; a CIO search for a Fortune 50 bank; an IT leadership development program for a Fortune 150 pharmaceutical company; a CTO search for an asset manager with $350 billion in assets under management; an independent executive assessment of the CIO of a global insurance broker; and a CEO search for a sponsor-backed InsurTech company.
  • Outside of his client work, Eric serves as the chairman of Bold Schools Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to support and further advance the mission of Bold Charter School in The Bronx, New York. Bold Schools Inc. oversees the school’s real estate and facilities-related needs and raises funds and resources to enhance student experience.

Eric earned an M.A. in organizational psychology with a specialization in change leadership from Columbia University, where he studied organization change, group dynamics, executive coaching, and intercultural communications. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with an A.B. in political science.

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