Ron Brown is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington D.C. office and a member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice. He has more than two decades of experience advising CEOs and boards on succession planning and building high-performance leadership teams through executive search and leadership advisory. Ron’s clients include private equity-sponsored and publicly traded companies, as well as family offices and not-for-profit social impact entities.


Ron joined Heidrick & Struggles in Washington, D.C. and moved to Southern California to help open a new office before returning to his native Colorado to open the firm’s first office in Denver. He has held various leadership positions within Heidrick & Struggles including managing partner of Principal Development, managing partner of the Western region, and managing partner of the Technology & Services Practice for the Americas. He was elected by his partners to the firm’s Global Partnership Council. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Ron served in various appointed government positions, including on the White House Staff of President George H. W. Bush. He began his career in marketing and government relations positions at a Washington public policy think tank.


Washington & Lee University, BA

Harvard Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Executive Business School Programs

Philanthropy and Service

Ron was appointed to the State of Colorado IT Economic Development Advisory Council. He is an emeritus member of the board of the University of Colorado’s Denver College of Business and is past chair of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship there. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Colorado Chapter.