Robert J. Atkins

Partner Emeritus

Office Location: Stamford


Bob Atkins is a partner emeritus since 2018 in Heidrick & Struggles’ Stamford office and a member of the Healthcare Life Sciences Practice. Previously, since 1998, he served clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, recruiting senior executive positions in general management and in the R&D and commercial functional areas.

Before that, Bob was vice president and managing director, pharmaceuticals of the Hay Group for nine years, with responsibility for establishing and directing the pharmaceutical industry practice in the U.S. and participating in the firm’s worldwide practice. Prior to that, he held executive leadership positions at IMS and served as president of Fisher-Stevens.

Bob has been active on several boards, both civic and business, including Passaic General Hospital, College of St. Elizabeth and St. Mary’s Hospital, all in NJ, and the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. in Washington, DC. He was also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Most recently, Bob taught in the management department of the College of St. Elizabeth. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and in the management department of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Graduate Division.


Bob earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. He did additional graduate work at New York University Graduate School of Business.

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