January 25, 2022 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has announced new leadership appointments in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. These include regional practice managing partners in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for the global technology and services practice and the CEO and board of directors practice; country manager for Australia; and partner-in-charge for Singapore. “As organizations continue to navigate a course for success and adapt through these uncertain times, our latest leadership appointments draw on our consultants’ deep expertise that will enable us to better support our clients and meet the ever evolving, diverse business needs in the region,” said Stephen McAlinden, regional leader, Asia-Pacific and Middle East. “The new appointments will also strengthen our own leadership and teams across key geographies for our business. We are committed to the continuous growth of talent within our firm, and we are excited to begin this next chapter with our newly positioned partners at the helm.”
Guy Farrow, located in Sydney, becomes regional practice managing partner of the CEO and board of directors practice for Asia-Pacific and Middle East, a newly created role. He has contributed to board, CEO and senior executive searches for clients in the industrial sector, focusing on transportation, logistics, infrastructure and energy. Mr. Farrow also has broad international expertise in operations, sales and marketing, finance and planning, and E-commerce.
Graham Kittle, also based in Sydney, has been appointed as country manager of Heidrick & Struggles Australia. With over 25 years of experience in technology, digital and consulting, he will continue to lead executive search engagements in C-suite and board levels across high-tech, digital, consulting services, and private equity and venture capital investments in the digital and technology sectors.
Dan Cullen, based in Singapore, has been appointed as regional practice managing partner of the global technology and services practice for Asia-Pacific and Middle East. Mr. Cullen has experience in facilitating senior leadership and organizational transformation in areas, such as cloud, cybersecurity, digital, IoT and mobility. In his new role, he will focus on software leadership, as well as private equity and venture capital investments in the digital infrastructure and cloud industries.
Jiat-Hui Wu has been named partner-in-charge of Heidrick & Struggles’ Singapore office. She has a background in leadership consulting and executive search for leading financial institutions in Southeast Asia, particularly for Singapore-headquartered organizations. With her specialist industry knowledge of asset management, banking, insurance and financial technology, Ms. Wu will lead the team, continuing to advise organizations on their leadership requirements.
New Legal Expert
Heidrick & Struggles recently appointed Tracey Heaton as its new chief legal officer and corporate secretary. “As we continue to expand our suite of future-focused offerings and innovative, tech-driven capabilities, Tracey’s proven global experience across commercial, corporate and digital payments technology arenas will be incredibly valuable to our ongoing growth and success,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome Tracey to our firm, and her client-centric approach and in-depth expertise will serve our own teams and clients well.”
Previously, Ms. Heaton was senior vice president, chief corporate counsel for Visa Inc., where she advised the company on complex commercial transactions and corporate areas, including mergers, acquisitions and strategic venture investments, securities and public company reporting, ESG, treasury and finance, marketing and sponsorships, and global entity management. During her tenure, she played a key role in driving the company’s strategic growth through acquisitions and partnerships and deepening its relationships with multiple stakeholder groups.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media