Mike Theilmann

Practice Managing Partner

Office Location: Dallas

Phone: +1 214 7067700

Mike Theilmann is the global practice managing partner of Heidrick & Struggle’s Human Resources Officers Practice based in the Dallas office. With more than 25 years of global human resources experience across retail, hospitality, consumer goods, and venture capital, Mike advises CEOs and boards on assessing and acquiring world-class HR leaders.

Previously, Mike served as managing director of a focused venture capital investment organization. He made seed-stage investments in technology, hospitality and healthcare businesses and serves on three venture-backed boards.

Prior to that, Mike spent seven years of increasing responsibility in a Fortune 100 retailer as chief human resources and administration officer partnering with the CEO to accelerate growth through talent, culture and a focus on the customer. He was promoted to group executive vice president where he led operations for the business.

Mike served in multiple human resources executive roles at PepsiCo and Yum! across their US brands, corporate, and internationally. He served as the human resources executive in the European business to accelerate unit growth in France, Germany, and the Netherlands developing both executive and restaurant-level talent. Mike served as the CHRO of Yum’s international business while also leading IT. His focus was on building talent and capability in the hyper-growth markets of China, Brazil, India, and Europe. He was a key member of Yum’s executive team, taking the company public following their separation from PepsiCo. Earlier in his career, Mike worked in human resources at Diageo. He began his career as an actuary with Towers Perrin.

Mike 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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