Theodore L. Dysart


Theodore L. Dysart is a vice chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office where he is a leader in the global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the CEO Practice. Ted is responsible for senior-level executive search assignments and is a functional specialist, working exclusively on board, CEO, and succession planning engagements.


Ted has placed more than 600 executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap, and private companies. Serving as a board and CEO-level advisor, Ted helps clients to identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative-driven approach focuses on working with boards to look at long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning.

Ted is a regular commentator on the subject of corporate governance, and his comments have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN as well as other local and regional papers. He also has served as a guest lecturer at George Washington University, Northwestern University, The Terry College of Business, and The University of Chicago.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems


Businessweek, Top 150 World’s Most Influential Headhunters in the World

Executive Search Review, Executive Recruiters to Watch

Directorship magazine, Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance (15 times)

Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University, Rising Stars of Corporate Governance, 2011

Philanthropy and Service

Ted is active in civic circles and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Club, Economic Club of Chicago, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), and Ox Building Products.