Donald M. Kilinski


Donald Kilinski serves as partner at DHR International’s Charlotte, NC office.

Specializing in senior level financial officer and other “C-level” search assignments, Donald brings to the benefit of his clients more than 10 years of experience in the executive search industry as well as more than 25 years of practical experience as a highly successful financial and operations executive. Donald has conducted numerous senior financial, marketing and general management assignments in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences, financial services, professional services and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining DHR, Donald was a managing director for Columbia Consulting Group performing senior level search work for clients. In addition to this role, he also acted as the chief operating officer of the firm. Before entering the search field as a consultant, Donald held several senior executive positions including Chief Financial Officer of Heidrick & Struggles from 1997-2002, taking the firm through an IPO. Following, Donald was the president and chief operating officer of Cornell International, the retained executive search division of Adecco.

Previous roles and relevant experiences include chief financial officer, Asia Pacific, and worldwide vice president of finance for BBDO, a subsidiary of the Omnicom Group, one of the largest advertising and communications firms in the world. In addition, Donald served as an experienced audit manager for Arthur Andersen, one of the premier auditing firms in the world.

Donald holds a B.S. in Accounting from The State University of New York at Albany where he graduated with honors and played varsity volleyball.

Donald has a wife and three children. He is an active volunteer in his community having been a basketball coach, Little League baseball coach and baseball league commissioner in addition to running youth volleyball programs. He enjoys helping children learn to play sports and achieve their potential.

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