Mike Theilmann


Office Location: Dallas

Phone: +1 214 7067700

Mike Theilmann is the global practice managing partner for Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Human Resources Officers Practice. Mike advises boards and CEOs on assessing and acquiring world-class human resource officers. He leads senior level human resources searches including Chief Human Resources Officers, Heads of Total Rewards, Heads of Talent Management, Heads of Organizational Development, Chief Learning Officers, and Heads of Recruiting for companies in every industry. He partners with clients representing a broad range of scale.

Complementing his search work, Mike leverages his career as a CHRO and line manager to advise clients in the areas of culture and organization transformation, accelerated leadership performance, leadership assessment and c-suite onboarding. He brings more than 25 years of global human resources and line experience across consumer goods, hospitality, retail and venture capital.

Previously, Mike served as managing director of a focused venture capital investment organization. His responsibility was for early stage companies with disruptive technologies. He made seed-stage investments in the retail and hospitality sectors and served on four venture-backed boards.

Prior to that, Mike spent seven years of in roles of increasing responsibility in a Fortune 100 retailer as chief human resources and administration officer partnering with the CEO to accelerate growth through talent and a focus on the customer. Mike was promoted to group executive vice president where he led store operations, supply chain management, property development, consumer insights, public relations, and human resources.

Mike served in multiple human resources executive roles at PepsiCo and Yum! across US brands, corporate, and international. Additionally, he was a key member of Yum!’s executive team upon their IPO from PepsiCo, developing organizational plans for executive compensation and HR services. His breadth of international experience includes focusing on key growth markets and building talent.

Earlier in his career, he worked at Diageo in benefits and compensation. Mike began his career as an actuary with Towers Perrin. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Jay A. Baker Retail Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is also a mentor with Retail Technology Ventures.


Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Nebraska. 

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