Donald Chae is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the Financial Services and Financial Officers practices. He works with clients on CEO succession planning, C-suite executive searches, and board director searches across sectors in financial services, with a focus on consumer and retail banking and fintech, for both public and private equity businesses.


Donald worked with another global executive search firm prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles. Before that, he was a senior vice president at Northern Trust in finance and enterprise transformation, managing IT capital expenditures and orchestrating the middle and back-office transformation. He also designed and managed their publicly announced $290 million profit improvement program. 

Before joining Northern Trust, Donald was a principal at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a member of the corporate finance and financial services practices. Before that, he was vice president of strategic planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Donald serves on the alumni board of governors at the University of Chicago and was a 2014 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.


The University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Music History and Theory

The University of Chicago, MA in Music History and Theory

Fulbright Fellowship, Paris, France

Southern Methodist University, BA