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Lee Ann Howard

Lee Ann Howard is the founder of Howard & O’Brien Executive Search. Lee Ann identifies candidates for senior general management positions, and also specializes in functional assignments in human resources, finance, and sales and marketing. In addition, she has expertise in finding key board of director members for both public and privately held companies. Prior to entering executive search, Lee Ann’s career was in senior human resources positions with world-class companies, including Nestlé S.A., The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, Marion Merrell Dow, and Frito-Lay, Inc.


Lee Ann is active in both professional organizations and philanthropic endeavors. She is currently on the boards of the American Heart Association and the MetroHealth Foundation. She has also served in leadership roles on the boards of In Counsel with Women, The Gathering Place, Women’s Community Foundation, and Business Volunteers Unlimited.  She is the founder of the Conversations with the Board series which prepares executive women to serve on boards of directors. Ms. Howard was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and has received many awards and honors, including the National Association of Women Business Owners Top Ten Award in Northeast Ohio, the Athena Award, and the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service.


Lee Ann earned an MS from Baker University and a BA from Truman State University.

For Lee Ann, the right fit is about the right results. Contact Lee Ann today.