December 12, 2011 – Chicago-based executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has named Eric Olson to the role of global practice managing partner of leadership consulting. Mr. Olson joins Heidrick & Struggles from Oliver Wyman Leadership Development, where he led their European consulting operations. "Eric possesses a rare combination of functional experience, client focus and a true passion for people. Over the past decade he has successfully led several international leadership consulting firms and will have a strong business impact on both our firm and clients," said Heidrick & Struggles' CEO L. Kevin Kelly. "Under Eric's direction, our global leadership consulting team will be in a solid market position for strategic growth." 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.