Julie Kanak

Managing DirectorChicago, IL
Areas of Expertise

Agribusiness, Board & C-Suite Search, Finance & Capital, Food, Grains

About

A skilled global search professional with a passion for transformational leadership, Julie’s comprehensive knowledge of international markets and ability to understand business needs contributes to the organizational success of her clients across the food and agribusiness sectors.

Julie’s extensive career in search spans a wide range of functions including finance, commercial and operations and numerous business types such as startups and Fortune 50 companies, PE/VC- and family-owned organizations, as well as cooperatives and associations.

She brings more than two decades of banking experience, including community, commercial, corporate, and investment banking. In addition, Julie is an expert in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is recognized for her expertise on ingredients, dairy, grains, and oilseeds.

She earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Recent Placements & Food for Thought

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