Laura C. Brinsmaid


Laura Brinsmaid is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Atlanta office and a member of the global Consumer Markets, Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, and Financial Officers practices. She leads the firm’s Hospitality & Leisure sector in North America.


Laura places 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. Her recent search assignments focus 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 in the food service sector, as well as expertise with family-owned businesses.

Earlier in her career, Laura held various financial management positions in the financial services industry. 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. Before that, Laura 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.

She is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.


Belmont Abbey College, BA in Accounting