Michael Cullen


Michael M. Cullen is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Boston office. He serves a variety of clients in private equity, software, systems, industrial technology, and medical technology and is a sought-after advisor to CEOs and boards. Michael is a co-author of a popular article on counteroffers which was published in the Harvard Business Review.


Michael has held various leadership roles within Heidrick & Struggles, most recently he was the chief operating officer. While COO, Heidrick & Struggles saw unprecedented growth and profitability. Prior to his COO role, he was the global practice managing partner for the Technology & Services Practice, overseeing one of the premier technology and services search practices in the world.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Michael was head of the office of executive talent at EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC). He joined EMC in 2000 and was responsible for EMC’s executive hiring, movement, and career guidance. He also provided support to the chief executive officer and the executive team.


Northeastern University, MBA

State University of New York, BA, suma cum laude

Columbia University, Certification in Organization Development 

Northeastern University, Certification in Leadership