Nate Frank serves as the Managing Director in the firm’s Chicago office and is leader of the Global Industrial practice.
In early February 2014, Nate joined ZRG Partners LLC as part of ZRG’s acquisition of New Directions Search. Nate joined the New Directions Search team in 2001 and served as President from 2012 through early 2014.
Prior to entering executive search, Nate played professional basketball in Europe and began his career in sales and marketing in the financial services sector.
Areas of Expertise
Nate has spent a decade and a half in executive search, and throughout that time his focus has been the industrial sector. Nate’s clients range from large, publicly-traded firms to private equity and family-owned businesses spanning an array of industries including capital equipment, automotive, building products, and specialty materials and chemicals. He has leveraged his expertise in Operations and Supply Chain into such industries as medical device, food and beverage, and consumer products.
As the US industrial sector has globalized, Nate’s practice has expanded to meet the changing needs of his clients. He has led searches in Europe, Asia and South America and has a network that spans the globe. At any given time he is likely to be leading a search outside of North America. Nate has lived abroad in Dublin, Ireland.
He has a BA from Wheaton College and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Hobbies and Interests
Nate resides on Chicago’s west side and is an avid fan of Chicago sports and of the city’s vibrant music scene. He is active in leadership within his church and volunteers with organizations that provide aid to Chicago’s homeless. Since 2001 he has led a week-long youth basketball camp in Northern Spain.