Heidrick & Struggles Names Leader for Consulting Practice in Asia Pacific and the Middle East Region

March 11, 2021 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Markus Wiesner as regional managing partner for Asia Pacific and the Middle East region for Heidrick Consulting. He will take over from Ian Johnston who served as the APAC Heidrick Consulting lead for the past two years and will continue to focus on driving growth and market share for the firm upon his return to Europe. “Markus has shown tremendous ability in growing client relationships and scaling our consulting business,” said Andrew LeSueur, global managing partner, Heidrick Consulting. We are looking forward to his leadership and having him continue to develop and implement the go-to-market strategy and operating model for our consulting business in Asia Pacific, along with his ongoing responsibilities in the Middle East and emerging markets. Markus’ ability to connect clients’ strategic needs with the firm’s ability to deliver our expertise in both search and consulting makes him ideally suited for this role.”

Based between Dubai and Singapore, Mr. Wiesner had been the managing partner of Heidrick Consulting’s global growth markets for four years before being appointed to this role. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, he was CEO for the Middle East and Africa at Aon Hewitt. He also spent nine years at Mercer, overseeing operations in the Middle East and, before that, Austria. Mr. Wiesner has 20 years’ consulting experience and has spent the last 12 years in the Middle East, advising C-suite executives and boards on strategic organizational and HR issues. “I am excited to take the reins of the fast-growing Asia Pacific and Middle East regions of our consulting business,” said Mr. Wiesner. “I hope to continue working closely with our search and consulting colleagues to expand our capabilities and work with leaders and boards to build organizations that thrive.”

Leadership Changes

Heidrick & Struggles recently appointed Kamau Coar to the newly created role of chief inclusion officer and Jenni Hibbert as global managing partner, head of executive search go-to-market. This is part of the Heidrick’s long-term strategic plans to accelerate business growth and strengthen its focus on diversity and the firm’s workplace culture, said the search firm. “We continue to transform our business and build for the future,” said Mr. Rajagopalan. “As we progress on this journey, our leadership and workplace culture remain foundational to our success. We have a longstanding commitment to developing talent from within our firm, and these new roles and leadership changes put us in an even stronger position to support our employees while delivering world-class advisory services to our clients.”

In addition to these new roles, the following leadership changes have been implemented as part of the firm’s ongoing leadership development and succession planning efforts:

  • Alyse Bodine, partner, global head of financial officers practice.
  • Sam Burman, partner, global practice managing partner, disruptive innovators team, and head of specialty practices.
  • Tim Dietlin, partner, global practice managing partner, healthcare and life sciences practice.
  • Jonathan Graham, partner, global practice managing partner, industrial practice.
  • Tom Murray, partner, global practice managing partner, global technology services.
  • Victoria Reese, partner, global practice managing partner, corporate officers practice; Ms. Reese also continues to lead the legal, risk, compliance and government affairs practice.
  • Todd Taylor, partner, global practice managing partner, financial services practice.

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

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