Jean Allen is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York. With early experience as a communications professional, her search practice focuses on the communications function, spanning broadly to include roles in corporate communications/reputation management, investor relations, employee communications and government affairs as well as marketing communications. She works on senior assignments across industries and within organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to major communications firms and boutique agencies. As such, she has a broad view of communications and marketing talent as well as of how different profiles tend to adapt within different environments.


Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Jean served as head of professional recruiting at Merrill Lynch, a role that included matrix management of all recruiting activity for the firm’s core businesses as well as direct leadership of an executive search function charged with filling key functional roles across the organization. Earlier she was with global communications firm Hill & Knowlton and held senior communications roles with The Walt Disney Company and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.


Harvard University, Master's Degree in Education

Eckerd College, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology