Mary MacDonald


Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

Mary MacDonald is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of both the Financial Services Practice and CEO & Board of Directors Practice. She is a core member of the Insurance Sector, with broad expertise across all segments of the industry including property & casualty, life & annuities, employee benefits, health and reinsurance. Throughout her fifteen years of experience, Mary has led C-suite and senior-level assignments across all functions including Board of Directors, general management, finance, operations, insurtech, risk management, actuarial, underwriting, marketing, distribution and claims positions.

Mary’s collection of search and consulting work has been on behalf of both public and mutual Fortune 500 companies, venture-backed start-ups and private equity owned companies. As a member of the Diversity Advisory Services Practice, she has a passion for driving growth for clients by attracting executives with the cultural understanding and skills to lead in a highly transformative talent landscape.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Mary led a division of a boutique insurance-specific recruiting firm based in Chicago.


Mary earned a bachelor's degree in English and Pre-Medicine from the University of Notre Dame and is a 2016 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

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