Billy Dexter


Billy Dexter is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Chicago office and the Americas regional diversity leader. He co-leads the Diversity Advisory Services Practice that assists clients in creating diverse leadership teams. Billy works across all industry and functional groups in developing inclusive solutions as it relates to talent acquisition and leadership development. Billy also serves as a member of the Financial Services, Human Resources Officers, and Board of Directors practices.


Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Billy was executive vice president & chief diversity officer of MTV Networks, a Viacom company. As EVP/CDO, Billy partnered with MTV Networks senior leadership to create and develop strategies that further diversity & inclusion throughout the global company and to identify new ways of enhancing existing initiatives across multiple platforms.

Prior to Viacom MTV Networks, Billy was president of Hudson Inclusion Solutions, a business division of Hudson Highland Group (HHG), a diversity consulting practice he founded within Hudson Highland. He also served concurrently as chief diversity officer of HHG and worked closely with human resources to create an inclusive culture.

Earlier, Billy was vice president for diversity recruitment initiatives for Monster Worldwide, former parent company of HHG. Prior to Monster Worldwide, Billy worked at Deloitte as national director of international & diversity recruitment solutions, and at Motorola as director of global talent acquisition & university relations. He started his corporate career as manager of talent acquisition at United Airlines.


Harvard Business School, Executive Education Certificate Program

Michigan State University, Master's Degree in Administration

Saginaw Valley State University, BA in Education


Program Trailblazer, Chicago United, 2016

One of the “Top 100 Corporate Executives”, Uptown Professional Magazine, 2012

Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, Saginaw Valley State University, 2011

Trailblazer Award and One of the Top 50 African American executives, Savoy Magazine, 2010

Business Leader of Color. 2009

One of the “Top 100 Global Diversity Thought Leaders”, Society of Human Resources Management, 2008-10



Philanthropy and Service

Billy serves on the board of directors of Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Link Unlimited, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Executive Leadership Council, Goodman Theater, and NFL Players Association.