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Two men, one vision

November 15, 1953

Our beginning

In 1953, Gardner Heidrick and John Struggles sent a printed card to businesses in the Midwest announcing the organization of Heidrick & Struggles on LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois. This announcement heralded the beginning of one of the first executive search firms in the United States, a firm that would grow to have global representation and presence in every major industry.

Shaping the organization

After a mutual friend introduced them, Gardner and John realized they were in full agreement on the values and principles by which they would run their business. Today our global network of search professionals and leadership consultants are guided by four primary values serving as the firm's foundation. These four values build on the principles that have guided the actions of the people of Heidrick & Struggles for more than 60 years. They have led us to success, earning the respect of both our peers in the industry and leaders of the organizations we serve. These values will continue to be at the core of everything we do to help our clients build the best leadership teams in the world.

Operate as One Firm

We work as one firm and succeed through collaboration, inclusion and valuing diverse points of view.

Own the Results

We work to make things happen and own the outcome.

Grow with our Clients

Our clients inspire us to create innovative solutions and exceed expectations.

Always Act with Integrity

We operate at the highest levels of ethics and integrity in all we do.