Jimson Cheng is partner-in-charge of Heidrick & Struggles’ Thailand based in the Singapore office, and managing partner of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He is an accomplished consultant with more than 15 years’ experience in executive search and leadership advisory, which has earned him a reputation as a preferred partner with senior clients.
Given the increasing complexities of multinational corporations doing business across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, combined with the rise of Asian competitors, Jimson offers robust discussions and advice to clients on how to better engage in the region. He has completed several hundred C-suite searches in healthcare, private equity start-ups, and regional healthcare conglomerates. He has been entrusted with the assessment of senior leaders for growth, career advice, or during mergers. This covers pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, healthcare services, and IT.
Jimson is a trusted advisor to global and regional leaders of multinational companies. He frequently interacts with senior leaders on the issues around growth and strategic imperatives for Asia Pacific. His executive search experiences and prior operational background in the industry bring deep insights to his clients around the leadership challenges and the cultural sensitivity for success in Asia. Jimson has helped organizations build commercial teams as well as functional leadership to spur growth or manage a turnaround in Asia Pacific. He has completed many global and regional cross-border mandates, providing assessments and competency criteria for candidate selection.
As a senior leader in the search industry, Jimson represents the firm at global and regional events and healthcare forums. He has been invited to speak at multinational corporation regional meetings, leadership development groups, and talent development programs.
Previously, Jimson was the regional partner of healthcare and life sciences for another major global advisory firm. Prior to his career in executive search, he served for 17 years in operational leadership roles. Jimson started his career in biotechnology with Temasek Holdings, then joined Serono as regional manager, and later served as business development director at Abbott Laboratories before being promoted to general manager for Thailand. Jimson was also regional vice president at Baxter Healthcare. He has managed distributors, opened new markets, crafted joint ventures, led acquisitions, invested in manufacturing capacity, and led regional commercial teams. He grew up in Singapore and has lived and worked in US, Thailand, and Switzerland.
Jimson serves non-governmental and non-profit organizations and sits on the boards of various charity organizations.
Jimson earned a master of business administration from the University of Hull in the UK and a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts.