Aerospace, Defense and Aviation

Heidrick & Struggles’ Aerospace, Defense & Aviation team has six decades of leadership experience working with defense, aerospace and aviation companies of all sizes to recruit CEOs, COOs, vice presidents, operating unit and field organization leaders and a wide range of other senior executives, as well as non-executive board directors.

Our clients include leading prime contractors who provide military and commercial aerospace products, both at the system and subsystem level. In addition, we have conducted numerous highly successful searches for the leading IT consulting, hardware and services companies for whom the defense market is central. As leading private equity investors acquire companies in this sector, we work with them to recruit CEOs and key members of their new management teams.

In the worldwide airline, air transport and related markets, our clients include major US-based carriers and a host of regional and new market entry carriers, as well as key international carriers in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. We have also worked closely with the world's leading electronics, structures and specialized component providers to the airframe OEMs, including client companies in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Over the years, Heidrick & Struggles has served a variety of government agencies and offices, providing direct assistance in staffing key leadership positions and in the selection of candidates to fill top-level appointments. In parallel, and in a sustained effort that strongly supports our Aerospace, Defense and Aviation Practice, Heidrick & Struggles has worked for defense and aerospace trade associations, federally funded research & development corporations (FFRDCs), national laboratories and independent labs, as well as many defense and intelligence departments and agencies.