Heidrick & Struggles Appoints CEO & Board Practice Leader in Germany and Switzerland

April 13, 2020 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Nicolas Von Rosty to lead its CEO and board practice in Germany and Switzerland. He also will join and become a key member of Heidrick’s European industrial practice.

“Nicolas brings a wealth of experience to our global CEO and board practice, and we look forward to having him lead our teams in Germany and Switzerland,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO of Heidrick. “Importantly, as we advise our clients on how to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, Nicolas’ depth and breadth of experience will serve our clients well as we continue to help them build and develop winning executive leadership teams.”

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“Nicolas is extremely well regarded in the executive search industry, and he has an impressive track record, particularly in leading CEO and board succession efforts,” said Bonnie Gwin, vice chairman and co-managing partner of Heidrick’s global CEO and board practice. “Nicolas is a terrific addition to our European and global teams, and he will play a central role in growing our CEO and board practice in both Germany and Switzerland.”

Dr. Von Rosty has more than a decade of experience in the executive search industry with deep experience working with leaders across CEO and board, CHRO and industrial sectors. Previously, he spent six years in various roles at Spencer Stuart. Prior to moving to the executive search industry, Dr. Von Rosty was corporate vice president of executive development at Siemens AG. He began his career as an attorney before moving to ThyssenKrupp where he spent three years as country manager in Mexico. During his legal training, he was a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for International Law and spent several months at New York University while working on his doctoral thesis. Dr. Von Rosty is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

“While we face challenging times ahead, I am excited to join Heidrick & Struggles and look forward to working across the firm’s European and global teams to continue providing best-in-class talent and leadership services to the firm’s clients,” said Dr. Von Rosty.

Leadership Changes in Europe

Heidrick & Struggles recently made several leadership changes in Europe. Claire Skinner has been named regional leader, Europe and Africa, continuing to focus on working at the top and driving growth and collaboration across the region, in addition to fostering inclusion and professional development initiatives. Most recently, she served as the partner-in-charge of the London office and she is a member of Heidrick’s CEO and board, social impact and industrial practices.

Andy MacLeod assumes co-leadership of the global healthcare and life sciences practice. Most recently, he served as the regional managing partner for the healthcare and life sciences practice in Europe. Mr. MacLeod focuses on senior executive and non-executive searches across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostics, consumer health and healthcare services, operating across the full functional spectrum.

Charlie Moore, partner, healthcare and life sciences practice, has been named into the lead role for strategic accounts in Europe. He manages a number of Heidrick & Struggles global client relationships and has extensive experience with complex international mandates. Mr. Moore joined the firm’s London office in 1994.

New Partners-In-Charge

Heidrick said that the partners-in-charge around the region also have an increasingly important role in driving new and existing client opportunities, as well as leading communications and employee engagement at the local levels. The following partners now serve as new partners-in-charge in their respective countries:

Will Moynahan, partner-in-charge, London. He is a partner in the financial services practice advising private equity firms on senior appointments across investment and operating roles. He is also a member of the CEO and board practice.

Oliver Schiltz, partner-in-charge, Switzerland. He is a partner in the healthcare and life sciences practice and focuses on searches for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device technology roles, as well as senior general counsel and compliance roles for the legal, risk, compliance and government affairs practice.

Peter Christiansen, partner-in-charge, Denmark, and interim partner-in-charge, Sweden. He is a partner in the financial services and financial officers practices, placing some of the most notable technology executives in the Nordic financial services industry, as well as global CFOs.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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