2017 Distinguished Alumnus | Weatherhead

2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Eric Douglas Keene, MBA ’94

Eric Keene is the Founder & President of Keene Advisory Group. He partners with publicly traded and privately held clients to recruit general management and functional executives. Formerly with Russell Reynolds Associates, Mr. Keene served as a firm-wide leader on Diversity & Inclusion and was a member of the Corporate Officer’s practice.

Mr. Keene has successfully led search engagements across a variety of industries including consumer markets, energy, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, industrial, professional services and technology. In addition to general management positions, Mr. Keene’s functional emphasis involves commercial roles (marketing, sales, and strategy), consulting, and manufacturing operations.

Previously, Mr. Keene worked for McKinsey & Company serving international clientele on issues of operations, organization, sales and strategy. His earlier experience includes several years in sales and marketing with IBM, O’Connor & Associates/Swiss Bank (UBS) and AT&T.

He has been recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of their Top 50 under 50 Executive Leaders. He has also served as a Director for several organizations, including Centers for New Horizons and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention.

Mr. Keene is an Emeritus member and past president of the Case Western Reserve University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is an active member of CWRU’s Chicago Alumni Chapter, and served as its president in 2002.

Since 2013, Mr. Keene has been a member of the Visiting Committee for the Weatherhead School, where he received his MBA in 1994 as the Weatherhead Alumni Scholar. He and earned his BSc in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

In 2017, he served on the Dean’s Search Committee for the Weatherhead School.