Laura C. Brinsmaid


Laura Brinsmaid is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Atlanta office and a member of the Consumer Markets, Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, and Financial Officers practices. She leads the firm’s North American Hospitality & Leisure sector. She served as partner-in-charge of the Atlanta office for 12 years.


Laura conducts searches for chief executive officers, chief operating officers, presidents, chief financial officers, and a broad range of senior management positions in most functional areas, including finance, marketing, and operations. Recently, her search assignments have focused on key general management, operating, and finance roles for public, private, and private equity-backed consumer products and services companies. She has considerable CEO, board, and C-suite experience with food and the food service industry clients, as well as with family-owned businesses.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Laura was senior vice president and controller of 1st Performance National Bank, where she was also a member of the executive committee. Previously, she was vice president in the cash management division of Wachovia, where she managed depository products and customer service for the bank's largest corporate customers. Earlier in her career, Laura held various financial management positions in the financial services industry.


Belmont Abbey College, BA in Accounting