Effective Boards

Our services include:

The demands on Chairmen and Boards are accelerating rapidly due to increased scrutiny and higher expectations from regulators, activist shareholders and the business media. Governance and compliance remain significant issues that Boards must address, but are only part of the story. A truly effective board of directors is concerned to move ‘beyond compliance’ focusing on behavioral and relationship issues that shape effective board dynamics and drive board and organizational performance.

Partnering with all stakeholders, Heidrick & Struggles’ Board Effectiveness teams diagnose, benchmark and assess a board’s composition and contribution.

In addition to the traditional cycle of board reviews, clients seek our counsel during periods of significant transition, be that a new chairman or a strategic shift when they need confidence that the board has the right skills, competencies, relationship and leadership behaviors to guide the business to the next stage of growth.

Through workshops, observation and one-on-one interventions, we help boards shape relationships, culture and the team dynamics that underpin success. The process typically involves the following:

  • Strategy review with Chairman/CEO
  • 2 -1 Interviews with each board and management member
  • Benchmark performance with peer companies
  • Peer review for individual performance
  • Report and development recommendations
  • Post-review actions

Knowledge Center

Board Monitor 2017: Is diversity at an impasse?

By Heidrick & Struggles 19 Jun 2017 - Publication

In 2016, Fortune 500 boards, which filled a record number of seats, made strides toward greater diversity, appointing more Hispanic directors than ever. But women directors lost ground. Learn more about the latest trends in board composition and experience in this year’s Board Monitor.

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Why more boards will seek directors with healthcare experience

By Richard N. Eidinger M.D., John Mitchell 01 Nov 2016 - Article

Given current and future trends, the demand is likely to rise significantly in the coming years for the formidable competencies that healthcare leaders possess—and the talent pool is deep.

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Inside the digital boardroom

By David Boehmer, Jenni Hibbert 13 Oct 2016 - Publication

The digital revolution has big implications for boards. The best of them are already working hard to bolster their digital know-how.

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

Meet Our Leadership

Krishnan Rajagopalan President and Chief Executive Officer

Krishnan Rajagopalan is President and Chief Executive Officer, based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office. He was named to this role July 6, 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors and also leads the firm’s Executive Committee.

Previously, Krishnan served as Acting CEO at Heidrick & Struggles, while also leading the Executive Search business globally. In his prior leadership roles, Krishnan served as head of global Executive Search practices and for a time, led the firm's Leadership Consulting Practice.

He has been recognized by Business Week as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World.” Krishnan focuses on leading senior-level searches for clients in the management consulting, technology services, outsourcing, and venture capital arenas. Krishnan has also conducted search assignments for executives in a broad range of corporate functions, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and president positions, as well as senior-level positions in strategy development and client relationship development.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Krishnan was a vice president and partner with A.T. Kearney Consulting. During Krishnan’s tenure with A.T. Kearney, he focused on strategy, operations/procurement and e-business across a wide array of industries, including technology services, hi-tech and manufacturing. Krishnan has conducted numerous engagements where he was an active part of defining and assessing the executive leadership team.

Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Krishnan was a consultant with Price Waterhouse in its strategic management consulting group. Before embarking on his consulting career, Krishnan was a lead engineer with Harris Corporation in the commercial satellite communications arena.

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