Diane Govern
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Diane Govern

Senior Client Principal


Diane Govern is a senior client principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. She applies her data and industry experience to advise hiring teams on critical talent selection decisions. 


Diane applies her industrial and organizational psychology skill set to her work in a variety of ways. She leverages her executive assessment skills to help clients select and develop leaders across many industries and levels of the organization and provides executive coaching to leaders in manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and nonprofits.

Prior to her work in executive assessment, Diane led the talent development team of a nationwide construction labor management firm. She developed world-class leadership and sales curricula and advised the executive team on critical talent initiatives for the organization.

Early in her career, Diane honed her psychometric and project management skills as a consultant who custom-developed and validated selection protocols for highly scrutinized civil service roles, including police and fire. She led many projects delivering services to both public and private sector clients.


The University of Akron, Ph.D. and MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Bowling Green State University, BS in Psychology

Philanthropy and Service

Diane is passionate about serving the needs of her local community and has held several volunteer and leadership roles in various schools, churches, and other community-based organizations.