Aya Iinuma

Partner in Charge

Office Location: Tokyo

Phone: +81 3 45207800

Aya Iinuma is a partner-in-charge of Heidrick & Struggles Tokyo, and leads the Financial Services; Professional Services and Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs practices in Japan, recruiting senior leadership and attorneys for both in-house and private firms. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the search industry and has worked extensively on financial services infrastructure assignments with emphasis on the compliance, legal, audit, risk, finance, operations and IT sectors. Aya has spent the past seven years at Heidrick & Struggles, serving clients in her specialist areas, frequently working on cross-border assignments.

Aya is co-chair of the Women Corporate Directors (Japan and Asia Pacific) committee at Heidrick & Struggles, and actively advocates gender diversity by managing a variety of related initiatives.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Aya completed numerous senior-level search assignments with a Tokyo-based boutique executive search firm that focused on the legal function and professional services. Her career began with Mizuho Trust & Banking, where she worked for 12 years in the areas of corporate finance, distressed assets, and marketing and business planning.


Aya is a graduate of Tsuda College.