Bo Herbst is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the global Industrial Practice. He focuses on serving industrial, manufacturing, and B2B services clients, placing senior executives on boards of directors and in chief executive officer, general management, and finance functions, and helps build effective leadership teams at respected companies across a broad spectrum of industries.


Bo has served in a variety of leaderships roles at Heidrick & Struggles including managing partner of the Americas’ manufacturing sector and managing partner of the America’s Building Products Practice. Bo has been involved in various global firm initiatives including strategy and training & development and is a long-serving member of the firm’s Global Quality Council.

Bo joined Heidrick & Struggles from a major management consulting firm where he led a competitive intelligence and sales strategy team for several business units. In this role he helped to develop in-depth, industry-specific sales strategies that allowed the firm to significantly increase its business development effectiveness.

Previously, Bo worked in Spain and Portugal as a sales manager for a large US-based industrial manufacturing firm. Clients included multinational manufacturing firms in the automotive, capital equipment, and controls industries, as well as power generation enterprises, oil refineries, and petrochemical companies.


Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, MBA

Trinity University, BA 

Philanthropy and Service

Bo is actively involved in the local community and is currently serving on the executive committee of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Previously, he served as dean of students at Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville.