Mary Cook

Managing Director, Midwest Finance and Accounting

Mary Cook is managing director of our Midwest finance and accounting team—overseeing all operational and P&L aspects of the team. When Mary joined Salo as managing director of Chicago finance in 2017, she spurred significant growth in our Chicago business. Today, she brings that same passion for growth, employee development, and client service to the entire Midwest region.

A well-known member of the Chicago finance community, Mary held CFO positions at Pampered Chef and Sears Holding Corporation. She has also held senior finance roles at Chrysler and Spherion Technology. Mary began her career at Andersen Consulting in their change management practice. These diverse roles gave her experience in finance, operations, change management, and information technology within the multi-level marketing (MLM), retail, and automotive industries. Additionally, she has worked with high-growth, turnaround, public, private, and PE companies.

Mary is a board member of the Chicago chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI), where she is Chairperson of the CFO of the Year event. She is also vice chair of the communications committee of International Women’s Forum (IWF) Chicago, a member of the Advisory Council of The Executives Club of Chicago, and a board member of ELITE. She also lends her time to several community organizations, including the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council (board member), Barrington’s Children’s Charities, Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, Parkinson’s Foundation, Les Turner ALS Foundation, and Second City Canine Rescue.

Mary has a B.A. from Michigan State and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys CrossFit, waterskiing, and a friendly game of family basketball. She lives in North Barrington, Illinois with her husband and two children.

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Salo is now part of Korn Ferry

Salo connects senior finance, accounting, and HR professionals with organizations that need their expertise. Joining Korn Ferry’s Interim Executive & Professional practice enables us to continue our twofold, people-focused approach: connecting people with meaningful careers where they can make a positive impact and offering innovative and customized business solutions for clients looking to tackle big challenges. Together with Korn Ferry, we are committed to putting people first, to build a world that works better together.

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Explore meaningful careers

Salo specializes in connecting finance, accounting, and HR experts with meaningful work. We know that being empowered to pursue work that matters means endless career possibilities. Therefore, we find roles tailored to your interests and goals, whether you want to advance your career, mentor and lead teams, innovate and collaborate with new partners, or work with clients of all sizes across industries. Find out how we can be your career partners.

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Solve business needs

Combining Korn Ferry’s global reach with Salo’s customized client approach means we’re able to deliver world-class service to organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Because our people have functional backgrounds in finance, accounting, and HR, we have a holistic understanding of your business needs and challenges. Our pool of executive and professional talent is uniquely motivated to do the best work they can. No matter your business talent need, we are your trusted partner.

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