Scott Atkinson


Office Location: San Francisco

Phone: +1 415 981 2854

Scott Atkinson is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office. He is managing partner of the global Venture Capital Practice and a member of the Financial Services, Financial Officers, and Technology practices. Scott conducts searches for chief financial officers, board directors, and executives for leading publicly-traded, private equity, and venture capital-backed companies that want to drive transformation and innovation, and disruptors looking to take the next steps in their evolution and growth trajectories. He specializes in senior-level leadership advisory assignments within private equity, venture capital, and investment banking where he places investment bankers and investment professionals.

In 2019, Scott was named co-head of Heidrick & Struggles’ Sustainability Office, helping to facilitate collaboration in driving new commercial opportunities, including the placement of c-suite executives, board directors, and senior leaders within companies and organizations that focus on advancing environmental and social initiatives around the world.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Scott was a senior member of the legal team and human resources group at CollabNet, a private equity-backed provider of enterprise cloud development solutions. Scott began his career as a consultant with a boutique executive search firm where he built the senior management teams at private equity and venture-backed technology companies.

Scott serves on the board of directors of Oakland Lacrosse, a non-profit that uses the sport as a vehicle to advocate the importance of secondary education, promote health and wellness, and connect young people with mentors. The organization supports more than 175+ public high school and middle school students in Oakland, CA.


Scott earned a B.A. in history from Middlebury College.