Karen C. Fenaroli
Managing Partner & CEO
350 closed searches, 97 % stick rate, and 60% board diversity.
As the CEO for Fenaroli & Associates, she specializes in C-Suite, VP roles and board placements in a variety of commercial, finance, & industrial companies in growth mode. Her practice ranks in the top 1% of all executive search partners in the US and she is the founder of the firm.
Clients appreciate her own CEO experience – Karen Fenaroli offers a 25-year portfolio of broad-based executive experience ranging from her tenure as an entrepreneurial CEO of a global wholesale manufacturer of luxury apparel lines, to an M&A consultant for a Fortune 100 company, to a CPA inside one of the Big 4 international public accounting firms.
She is committed to diversity on her candidate slates and led a four-year campaign for diversity identification for gender and race in the 30 major US cities. She is both an NACD and WCD member, where she speaks as a diversity talent expert.
As a former CEO of manufacturing company with resourcing in Italy, Spain, China and India, she has a global perspective to talent acquisition that provides clients needed strategic positioning and new market penetration. Her retail experience included channel distribution to Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, and 200 individual retail chains, through the US, Canada and England. In her early career, Fenaroli joined the Fortune 100 Company Coca-Cola Enterprises as a Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant providing key metric analysis for profitability, and costs from initiation and negotiation to close with acquisition and divestiture targets of $200 million to $1 billion in value.
She maintains active relationships in valuation consulting, private equity partners, strategic consulting firms, and the Big 4 CPA firms like KPMG, her alumna firm – core networks for her global CFO placement practice.
On a personal note, she is married and a mother of two teen-age daughters. In 2008, she founded the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of KC that annually raises $2.7+ million for children’s early education in the region. Fenaroli is venture capital investor in Fintech and Big Data companies through stock and key executive placements.