Billy Dexter is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and is a member of the global Diversity Services Practice that assists clients in creating diverse leadership teams. Billy works across all industry and functional groups in developing inclusive solutions as it relates to talent acquisition and leadership development. Billy also serves as a member of the Financial Services and Chief Human Resource Officers practices. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Billy was executive vice president and chief diversity officer MTV Networks, a Viacom company. As EVP/CDO, Dexter partnered with MTV Networks' senior leadership to create and develop strategies that further diversity and inclusion throughout the global company, and to identify new ways of enhancing existing initiatives.
For more than 20 years, Billy has been a leader in talent acquisition and diversity/inclusion related efforts. Prior to Viacom MTV Networks, Billy was president of Hudson Inclusion Solutions, a business division of Hudson Highland Group (HHG), a diversity consulting practice he founded within Hudson Highland. He also served concurrently as chief diversity officer of HHG and worked closely with human resources to create an inclusive culture.
Earlier, Billy was vice president for diversity recruitment initiatives for Monster Worldwide, former parent company of HHG. Prior to Monster Worldwide, Billy worked for Deloitte & Touche as national director of international & diversity recruitment Solutions and at Motorola as director of global staffing & university relations.
Billy serves on the board of directors of Teen Living Programs, Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Link Unlimited, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and NFL Players Association. He has received numerous honors over the years and in 2009, Chicago United named him a Business Leader of Color. Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) named Billy one of the “Top 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders” in 2008. Savoy Magazine awarded him with the trailblazer award and recognized him as one of the Top 50 African American executives in 2010. Also in 2010, Billy received the distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Saginaw Valley State University.