Charles “Chuck” Pembroke

Charles “Chuck” Pembroke is a managing partner with Meraki Search Group and brings over 30 years of corporate leadership and executive search experience with a passion for how exceptional leadership can drive meaningful impact.  Before joining Meraki, he was a Partner with Heidrick and Struggles in their Chicago office.  Chuck conducts executive and board searches, succession planning engagements and leadership assessments tied to succession, transformation or merger integration.  At Heidrick, he led the Global Paper and Packaging practice and was most recently a Partner in the firm’s CEO and Board and Industrial Practices.

Chuck believes that a deep understanding of client strategy and culture leads to successful placements.  He has served both public and private clients in manufacturing, converting and distribution businesses across the paper, packaging and materials industries as well as adjacencies including building products, chemicals and engineered products. His client centric approach has led to long-term relationships and trusted advisor status with clients who view Chuck as an extension of their talent advisory team. 

Before his career in executive search, Chuck had a 20-year career in industry serving as Group Vice President at Evergreen Packaging, a privately backed integrated supplier of fiber-based packaging. Prior to Evergreen, he held several functional and staff leadership roles with International Paper.  Earlier in his career, Chuck served as consultant with Towers Watson, focusing on strategy and organizational effectiveness for clients in financial services, utilities, and pharmaceutical sectors. He began his career providing strategy and marketing counsel to financial institutions in leveraged finance and commercial banking for a boutique management consulting firm.

Chuck earned an MBA in finance and international business from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University.  He is certified in several leadership assessment methodologies. Chuck and his partner Caroline split time between Colorado and Florida.  Together they enjoy hiking, travel and time with family.  He and his son are avid golfers and frequent visitors of U.S National Parks.