nna McCormick Kelch is a leading executive search consultant with over 20 years of experience recruiting top talent to boards and the C-Suite. Anna is responsible for N2Growth’s executive search practice in the United States working closely with clients and candidates on key hires. She is strategic, unbiased, and personally invested in every search focused on delivering best-in-class talent. Clients and candidates value Anna’s counsel and view her as a trusted advisor versus a search vendor.
At her core, Anna is an entrepreneur having founded two successful boutique search firms previously in her career. Most recently, Anna was the founder and Managing Partner of Ascend, an executive search firm with sizeable practices in digital media, data & analytics, professional services, education & information services. Clients included Fortune 500 companies as well as high-growth, private-equity backed businesses.
Prior to search, Anna served in sales, marketing and management roles in publishing, new media, and educational technology with companies including Meredith Corporation, Bertelsmann’s Gruner & Jahr, and Whittle Communications School Ventures. She is a veteran in the search world, yet remains committed to finding new ways to make search better, faster, and more fulfilling for both clients and candidates.
Anna holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a strong advocate of the arts having long served on the Board of Directors at Steppenwolf Theater Company before focusing her attention on arts education for Chicago’s most deserving and underserved students working on the board of Urban Gateways. Anna is based in Chicago with her three children, two dogs, and one husband.