Sara E. Spiering


Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

Sara Spiering is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the global CEO & Board of Directors and Industrial practices. She focuses on searches for non-executive directors, CEOs, non-executive and executive board chairs, presidents, COOS, and operations. She also leads clients on board succession planning and corporate governance consulting engagements.

Sara also leads efforts across the Transportation and Logistics, including transportation technology and supply chain innovation, digital freight, commercial airlines, and rail. She brings deep expertise in diversity recruiting and has extensive connectivity into diverserising star talent.

Sara joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2009, after working as an attorney. She spent four years practicing management-focused employment law and commercial litigation in the Madison, Wisconsin law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

Sara is a member of International Women’s Forum, where she serves on the Chicago Membership Committee. She co-chairs the Oak Park Friends School Council, has served on the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and has been included in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women: Next Generation many times. Sara speaks frequently on governance issues, including at multiple NACD Annual Summits.


Sara earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she served as an editor of Wisconsin Law Review, and her undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University. 

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