July 27, 2012 – Stephen Beard, who currently serves as general counsel, will also assume responsibility for strategy and corporate development at Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International. Valerie Germain, who currently leads the company's functional practices, has been named to lead the strategic partners program and business development. "The current economic conditions and changing needs of our clients make it essential to place a stronger emphasis on Heidrick & Struggles' continued growth and long-term success," said L. Kevin Kelly, CEO. "These appointments will help support our Leadership Advisory vision and put an intense focus on capturing marketshare and building lasting client relationships." Heidrick & Struggles is a provider of senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services, including succession planning, executive assessment, talent retention management, executive development, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting.