Bonnie W. Gwin


Bonnie W. Gwin is a vice chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a co-managing partner of the Global CEO and Board of Directors Practice. She focuses on searches both at the director and CEO level across a wide range of industries.


Previously, Bonnie served as president of the Americas and corporate officer responsible for all of Heidrick & Struggles’ operations in North and Latin America. She has served in many other leadership roles for the firm including global managing partner of the Technology Practice and managing partner of the North America Quality Council.

Bonnie is widely quoted regarding leadership effectiveness at the CEO and board level, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. She has written for Directors & Boards magazine, has appeared on CNN, and been quoted in Fortune and Crain’s magazines. Bonnie has hosted multiple forums with senior women around the world to discuss diversity in the boardroom. She received the NACD’s “Directorship 100” award for the past ten years. She also received the John E. Struggles Award, the firm’s top honor, which is periodically given to the partner who most embodies the integrity, client focus, and partnership commitment of Heidrick & Struggles’ founder.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Bonnie spent almost 13 years with the IBM Corporation. She most recently served as business unit executive for the travel & transportation industry and senior location executive. Throughout her career, Bonnie held a variety of sales, marketing, and management roles of increasing responsibility.


Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Combined Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree

National Merit Scholar

Philanthropy and Service

In conjunction with her career accomplishments, Bonnie has been active in a number of organizations. She is currently a member of the Georgetown University board of directors and The Cleveland Clinic Hospital board of trustees. She is a former member of the Georgetown board of regents; Chautauqua Institution board of trustees; and former chair of Make A Wish Foundation of America.