November 16, 2017 – Executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services provider Heidrick & Struggles International has named new leadership in the Americas with the appointments of Dominique Hansen as head of investment management and Renee Neri as head of asset management.
Based in the Toronto office, Ms. Hansen will also serve as head of the firm’s CEO and board of directors practice in Canada. She joins Heidrick with more than two decades of experience within asset management, private equity, infrastructure and account leadership in wholesale banking, consumer banking and insurance. That includes nearly a decade of executive search experience. Most recently, she worked at Egon Zehnder as its head of financial services in Canada and head of infrastructure in North America.
Before entering search, Ms. Hansen served as a director with global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., focused on limited partner relations and fundraising. She also served as vice president at OMERS Capital Partners, where she primarily worked on investing in funds and co-investments, and vice president at Yorkton Securities Inc. as an investment banker focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Heidrick & Struggles Names President and CEO
Heidrick & Struggles has named Krishnan Rajagopalan as its new president and CEO. Mr. Rajagopalan, who has served as acting CEO since Tracy Wolstencroft took a medical leave of absence in April, will also become board member.
“Dominique has built trusted-advisor relationships with senior leaders of clients across a variety of financial services segments,” said David Boehmer, global managing partner for the firm’s financial services practice. “She will bring deep experience and perspective to her new role leading our Investment Management segment for the Americas, working closely with our exceptional team across sectors and regions.”
Based in the firm’s New York City office, Ms. Neri has served as a partner at Heidrick for 13 years. She has more than 18 years in senior executive search with a focus on financial services leadership challenges. As head of the asset management sector within the investment management segment, she will work closely with Ms. Hansen to enhance Heidrick’s expertise and offerings across the segment globally.
Ms. Neri has conducted hundreds of searches for presidents, chief investment officers, senior portfolio managers, risk managers, as well as senior sales, marketing and distribution professionals. Her clients include endowments, foundations, family offices, insurance companies, investment management firms, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.
“Renee consistently delivers exceptional service for our clients, while developing and mentoring others within our firm,” Mr. Boehmer said. “We look forward to her leadership in working closely with Dominique as well as the local and global teams which have distinguished Heidrick & Struggles in the asset management space.”
Recent Leaderships Changes at Heidrick
In June, Heidrick appointed Andrew LeSueur as head of leadership consulting in the Americas. He also continues to support his executive search clients and the industrial and supply chain practices as he transitions into his new role. Mr. LeSueur joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2015 from McKinsey, where he was partner in the operations practice.
In May, the Chicago-based firm 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. He is known for enabling CEOs to lead with vitality, vision and clear purpose.
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