Meredith Ashby is an experienced leadership consultant at Heidrick & Struggles. She has assessed and coached more than 400 CEOs and CEO successors, business heads and across the C-suite to supplement clients’ efforts in succession planning, top team effectiveness, and leadership development. She has worked across most industries and global geographies, with a concentration in the oil and gas/energy and natural resources/mining sectors, engineering and construction, and diversified manufacturing.
From 2004 to 2007, Meredith worked in the firm’s CEO & Board of Directors Practice, assisting with senior-level searches across a variety of industry and functional areas but namely at the board and CEO/president level in manufacturing, consumer, technology, and higher education.
Prior to 2004, Meredith served in a variety of business development and marketing roles for Heidrick & Struggles and its 14 global vice chairmen. In this capacity, she authored numerous articles on talent management and development, including more than a dozen that appeared in BusinessWeek magazine. She also co-authored the book Leaders Talk Leadership, which was published by Oxford University Press and sold more than 55,000 copies worldwide (including rights). Additionally, she created a centerpiece journal on human capital issues for the World Economic Forum’s 31st annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, as well as contributed to a white paper on Responsible Capitalism for its 2011 gathering.
Meredith joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1995 as North America business analyst to support the region’s business development and marketing activities, reporting to the CEO. Prior, Meredith was research director for American City Business Journals’ flagship newspaper Atlanta Business Chronicle. She earlier served as research analyst covering the mobile phone and cable television industries for Kagan Research, a media, entertainment and communications research firm that publishes investment newsletters and financial analyses.