June 13, 2017 – Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Andrew LeSueur as head of leadership consulting in the Americas. He will continue to support his executive search clients and the industrial and supply chain practices as he transitions into his new role.
“Andrew’s success in accelerating the performance of our clients will bring immense value to our leadership consulting business as we look to further strengthen the firm’s complementary services,” said Colin Price, executive vice president and managing partner of the leadership consulting practice at Heidrick & Struggles. “Andrew has consistently demonstrated the power of our firm by working across business lines to bring clients the most value possible, and I know he will bring this same dedication and collaborative approach to the leadership consulting practice.”
Leadership Consulting in the Americas
Mr. LeSueur sees great potential in his new role. “The Americas is our largest market,” he said, “and I look forward to the opportunity to make an even broader impact for the firm and our clients during a time when the need for visionary leadership, differentiating talent and thriving culture has never been greater.”
Mr. LeSueur joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2015 from McKinsey, where he was partner in the operations practice, working with clients to help create, implement and sustain performance transformations. Since joining Heidrick, he has led leadership consulting and search work for transportation and logistics, private equity, financial services, and industrial clients. His leadership consulting work has focused on accelerating performance through culture shaping, top team effectiveness, leadership / functional assessments and organization change, including defining and identifying opportunities for numerous top-level roles. They include: CEOs, presidents, chief commercial officers, chief operations officers, chief safety officers, chief marketing / sales officers, chief purchasing officers and board members.
During the quarter, Heidrick’s CEO Tracy Wolstencroft announced he would take a three month medical leave of absence. Krishnan Rajagopalan was appointed as acting CEO. He most recently served as an executive vice president and managing partner based in Heidrick’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of its executive committee. Heidrick board chairman Richard Beattie said the company was fortunate to have an interim successor who is “well suited to take on the role of acting CEO,” and that its board and management team “have complete confidence in his ability to lead” the company forward.
New Practice Leaders
In May, Heidrick named Elizabeth Simpson as head of financial services in New York. Expanding on her duties, Ms. Simpson is now responsible for driving Heidrick’s regional business development, collaborating across the organization’s complementary lines of business and mentoring and developing talent internally.
Also in May, Heidrick appointed Bo Herbst to lead its industrial practice worldwide as global practice managing partner. Mr. Herbst’s new position is an extension of his role as regional practice managing partner for the firm’s industrial practice in the Americas, which he will continue to hold while leading the practice globally.
Heidrick recently named Ian Johnston as managing partner for its culture shaping business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Johnston has been a senior leader of culture shaping in the European region for the past 15 years, serving most recently as partner.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media