Heather Smith


As a member of the Board & CEO Practice at DHR International, Heather works with clients to successfully place C-level executives and board directors.

Heather works with public, private, and private equity-owned corporations across industries to place top C-Suite talent and board directors to drive shareholder value. She is a prominent advocate for boardroom diversity and an established expert on board-ready preparation.

Bringing knowledge of boards and boardroom risk derived from her career experience in the commercial insurance industry, Heather offers valuable perspective to DHR clients. While at Coregis, a GE Capital insurance subsidiary, Heather served as Head of the Directors & Officers Liability business where she was responsible for the company’s most profitable P&L and managed teams in both Chicago and New York. Heather began her career with American Financial Group in Cincinnati.

Heather co-authored a book on employment risk and board exposure with one of the leading employment lawyers in the US. She has been called on as an expert in her field, speaking at conferences and consulting with executives on risk avoidance and board member protection. Heather is pleased to have helped thousands of boards safeguard their future, allowing them to focus on critical board responsibilities.

Heather earned her BS in Business from Miami University.  She currently serves on the Auxiliary Board of Rush Hospital and is an active leader with Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness and the Aspen Institute.

  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Professional Services