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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020

January 16, 2020
World Economic Forum  

Heidrick & Struggles is proud to participate for the 13th year as a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum. We closely identify with the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world and contribute by sharing unparalleled insight into the leadership challenges facing global organizations.


On Thursday, January 23, Krishnan Rajagopalan, President and Chief Executive Officer, participated in a panel at the World Economic Forum titled “The Inclusive Business Model.” The panel explored concrete examples of leadership strategies that foster both diversity and inclusion, and effective approaches for how to measure results. 

Fellow panelists included:

  • Facilitator: Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way Worldwide, USA
  • Sigve Brekke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Group, Norway 
  • Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union, Switzerland
  • Peter Hummelgaard, Minister for Employment of Denmark
  • Badr Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises, United Arab Emirates; Young Global Leader
  • Leena Nair, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unilever, United Kingdom
  • Gabriela I. Ramos Patiño, Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris 

The panel underscored Heidrick & Struggles’ commitment to and leadership in the diversity and inclusion space and how we are actively working with our clients to help them recruit, build and develop diverse and inclusive leaders and organizations. 

Krishnan Rajagopalan at the World Economic Forum
Krishnan Rajagopalan at the World Economic Forum

Krishnan Rajagopalan, President & CEO, on The Responsibility of CEOs to Focus on People, Planet, and Profit

At the 2020 World Economic Forum, CEOs discussed a greater purpose and responsibility for not only focusing on our planet and driving profit, but for also focusing on people and creating corporate cultures that are intentional in embracing diversity and fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging. Krishnan Rajagopalan, President & CEO, shares his thoughts below.


Jenni Hibbert, Global Managing Partner, on Creating a More Inclusive and Sustainable World

With today’s corporate boards making diversity a priority, boards have seen an increase of female and ethnic minority appointees. Jenni Hibbert, Global Managing Partner, Financial Services Practice, shares her thoughts from the 2020 World Economic Forum as organizations must examine their diversity strategies and talent pipeline in order to fully address the challenges of tomorrow.


Claire Skinner, Regional Leader, on Adapting Organizations for Sustainability

As the climate crisis dominated the agenda of the 2020 World Economic Forum, Claire Skinner, Regional Leader for Europe & Africa describes how corporate boards must adapt to make their organizations more sustainable, and how investors and corporate boards alike need to lead the way to a more sustainable future.

Krishnan Rajagopalan President and Chief Executive Officer +1 202 3314900
Peter Christiansen Partner +45 33 377600
Sylvain Dhenin Co-Managing Partner +32 2 5420750
Valerie E. Germain Partner +1 212 867 9876
Jenni Hibbert Global Managing Partner +44 20 70754000
Andrew LeSueur Managing Partner - Heidrick Consulting +1 212 699 3171
Will Moynahan Managing Partner +44 20 70754000
Jeffrey S. Sanders Vice Chairman +1 212 867 9876
Claire Skinner Regional Managing Partner +44 20 70754000

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