Ryan Whitacre


Ryan is a strategic advisor and talent-spotter to hiring managers, boards of directors and search committees for leadership roles – Board, C-suite and function heads – across sector and industry. He is dedicated to identifying and recruiting an array of diverse talent for each engagement.

Prior to joining Bridge Partners, Ryan led retained executive search assignments as Managing Director at Major, Lindsey & Africa, where he also served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Previously, Ryan was in legal practice for more than 12 years with the law firms Perkins Coie and Faegre Drinker, as well as corporate counsel for US Foods and Brookfield Retail Properties Group.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with honor, from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor at Cornell Law School. He is an active member of the Chicago nonprofit community.