Leadership Talent Management Strategy

Our services include:

Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Talent Management Strategy team develops acquisition strategies that are integrated, holistic and linked directly to our client’s business goals.  We identify, attract, retain and develop leadership talent that creates impact through periods of growth, market or geographic expansion, operational re-alignments and downsizing, or technology-driven change.

It’s been more than 15 years since the term ‘war for talent’ was coined, yet many organizations have yet to develop a strategic battle plan for dealing with the shortage of leadership talent.  They continue to launch ad hoc and fragmented development and retention initiatives that are disconnected from strategy and have little measurable impact on individual or business performance.

Our talent acquisition strategy helps our clients understand the leadership implications of their business strategy and then prioritize the range of leadership interventions for maximum impact and return.

Knowledge Center

Boards and sustainability: Three best practices

By Jeremy C. Hanson, Sachi Vora 09 May 2017 - Publication

Boards increasingly recognize the importance of addressing environmental, social, and governance concerns to ensure long-term success. But they may be overlooking crucial matters of talent that can help to optimize their efforts.

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Avoiding talent pitfalls in European biotech expansion

By Alan Milinazzo, Oliver Schiltz 23 Mar 2017 - Publication

US biotech firms are moving into Europe for all the right reasons—but in some predictably wrong ways. By getting the talent dimensions right up front, they can increase their odds of success.

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Choosing the right chief data officer

By Ryan Bulkoski, Joshua M. Clarke 17 Mar 2017 - Publication

Three types of leaders predominate among today’s data and analytics executives. Companies that understand the interplay between a candidate’s leadership style and the organization’s level of data maturity will have an edge.

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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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