Bill Ward


Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

Bill Ward is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a core member of the Industrial and Supply Chain practices.

Bill specializes in the recruitment of senior-level executives for industrial and manufacturing clients. He has completed highly successful C-level assignments including a variety of general management leadership roles and functional leadership roles in the areas of supply chain & operations, and sales & marketing. During his search career, he has assisted clients in a broad spectrum of industry sectors including chemicals, building products, capital equipment, packaging, alternative energy, automotive, consumer durables, and consumer packaged goods.

With more than 20 years of professional services experience, Bill has advised large, small, and medium sized businesses on business strategy, technology, and executive leadership. Prior to his career in executive search, Bill served in a variety of sales management roles with Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for strategic accounts in the automotive and industrial sectors. Before joining Oracle, Bill was an associate partner with Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture) where he advised large multinational organizations on manufacturing and supply chain issues.


Bill received his MBA from Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.