Heidrick & Struggles Appoints Chairman

June 11, 2019 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has elected Adam Warby, CEO of Avanade, as chairman of its board of directors.

Mr. Warby joined Heidrick’s board in 2018 to sharpen the firm’s focus on its digital transformation. As CEO of Avanade, a joint venture founded between Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corp., he has a proven track record. Under his leadership, Avanade has rotated its business to focus on cloud and digital, tripled its revenues, expanded its global footprint and grown to more than 36,000 professionals. Mr. Warby will step down from his role as CEO of Avanade at the end of August after leading the company for over 10 years.

“Adam’s insights and contributions to our board have been invaluable as we have expanded our data-driven, tech-enabled capabilities,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles. “As chairman, his deep knowledge of both the technology and consulting space will be hugely beneficial as we continue to enhance our client experience, tailor our service offerings and accelerate our growth.”

“Clients are looking for a trusted advisor in this fast-evolving, digital world, and I’m delighted to be taking up the chairmanship of Heidrick & Struggles at this exciting time,” said Mr. Warby. “There is tremendous opportunity in the talent and human capital solutions market, and I’m looking forward to helping the team develop its strategy and execution to provide superior innovative services, outperform its competition and grow the business.”

Mr. Warby joined Avanade at its inception in 2000, and as one of the founding members he was instrumental in building the company and shaping its culture. A senior leader, he has significant experience managing and growing Avanade’s business operations, having served as general manager and senior vice president for the company’s North American and European operations during his tenure. As executive vice president, he has also led Avanade’s worldwide sales and marketing teams, and set the vision and direction for Avanade solutions.

Mr. Warby came to Avanade from Microsoft, where he was general manager of the Midwest district, responsible for sales and support of Microsoft software throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Prior to this position, he was general manager of Microsoft’s Enterprise Services, responsible for implementing the strategy and plans for Microsoft’s direct and partner services organizations focused on enterprise customers.

Leadership Appointments

Heidrick recently announced three new leadership appointments to support the firm’s long-term growth strategy. Jenni Hibbert assumes the role of global practice managing partner of the financial services practice. Dan Ryan becomes regional leader for the Americas. And Stephen Schwanhausser was named global practice managing partner of the consumer markets practice.


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Ms. Hibbert has been regional practice managing partner for financial services in Europe and Africa since 2017 and previously led the U.K. financial services practice. Mr. Ryan continues to work with the firm’s senior management and office leaders to continue driving profitable growth in the Americas. Mr. Schwanhausser was previously co-managing partner for the global consumer products sector and earlier led that sector in the Americas.

“Succession planning is a core service we provide our clients to help them effectively manage change and the future growth of their companies,” said Mr. Rajagopalan. “We also have a strong focus on succession planning within our firm, and we work closely with our leaders to help them grow and take on new challenges. The leaders that have been appointed into their new positions have proven track records of managing with agility and delivering results, and they will play key leadership roles as we continue to expand our search and consulting offerings.”

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

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