Heidrick & Struggles Makes Three Key Leadership Appointments

February 13, 2019 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has 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.

“Succession planning is a core service we provide our clients to help them effectively manage change and the future growth of their companies,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, president and CEO of Heidrick. “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.”

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. She was also instrumental in establishing the board network for women non-executive directors and the leadership network for aspiring women non-executive directors.

“Jenni’s experience and knowledge of the financial services industry in Europe and Africa will be important as she looks to accelerate the growth of our financial services business globally,” said Mr. Rajagopalan. “Additionally, Jenni’s experience working with C-suite executives and boards on diversity initiatives will be invaluable as she continues to help our clients build a strong pipeline of future talent.”

Leadership Experience

Ms. Hibbert succeeds David Boehmer who will remain a partner in the firm’s financial services and financial technology practices.

Mr. Ryan will work with the firm’s senior management and office leaders to continue driving profitable growth in the Americas. In addition, he will continue to oversee key client accounts as the global head of strategic accounts, enhancing cross-collaboration efforts across the firm’s search and consulting businesses. Previously, Mr. Ryan was a partner in the firm’s financial services practice and led the New York office.

“Dan brings proven leadership experience to his new role as regional leader and a deep commitment to developing our teams and client relationships in the Americas,” said Mr. Rajagopalan. “As we continue to provide an expanded range of search and human capital offerings, Dan will maintain a strong focus on driving collaboration between executive search and Heidrick Consulting to better serve our clients.”

Deep Expertise

Mr. Ryan succeeds Michael Cullen who continues as chief operating officer, with overall responsibility for IT, marketing, practice and regional search operations.

Heidrick Consulting Announces Expansion
Heidrick & Struggles International has expanded its Heidrick Consulting segment with the addition of two new partners and two principals. “We continue to build and grow our business to better meet the demands of our clients globally,” said Andrew LeSueur, global managing partner of Heidrick Consulting.

Mr. Schwanhausser was previously co-managing partner for the global consumer products sector and earlier led that sector in the Americas. He has held many roles in the global consumer markets practice over his nearly 15 years with the firm and was a founding member of the firm’s associate development program. Mr. Schwanhausser focuses on CEO and board director recruitment for Fortune 500 and private companies and equity-backed growth organizations.

“Stephen has deep expertise in the fast-moving consumer goods industry and in leading senior executive searches for clients. His strong record of working with high growth and disruptor companies, as well as large established organizations, will help us expand our reach in the consumer sector,” said Rajagopalan.

Mr. Schwanhausser succeeds Tom Snyder who will remain a partner in the consumer markets and CEO and board of directors practices.


Late last year, Heidrick & Struggles named Sarah Payne as its new chief human resources officer. Rick Greene, Heidrick’s current CHRO, will move into the Heidrick Consulting business as a partner. Both leadership changes became effective on January 1st.

Ms. Payne had served as vice president of human resources, global executive search, where she worked closely with Heidrick & Struggles’ global human resources team and regional leadership teams “to create employee-focused solutions that have supported the company during a period of significant growth and innovation,” the firm said. “She has demonstrated her ability to effectively align people and business strategies and will bring nearly 20 years of HR experience and leadership into the CHRO role.”

“As Heidrick & Struggles continues to grow and evolve into a data-driven leadership advisor and people solutions provider, strong leadership and collaboration with our human resources teams will remain integral to our success,” said Mr. Rajagopalan. “Sarah’s proven leadership record and experience with total rewards, employee engagement and development, talent management and acquisition will be critical in the ongoing growth and development of our global workforce.”

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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