Aya Iinuma is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Tokyo office where she leads the Financial Services, Professional Services, and Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs practices in Japan, recruiting senior leadership and attorneys within both in-house and in private practice firms.


During her time at Heidrick & Struggles, she has completed a range of searches in her specialist areas, frequently working in a cross-border capacity. She focuses her search work on financial services infrastructure assignments such as compliance, legal, audit, risk, finance, operations and IT.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Aya was a consultant at a Tokyo-based boutique executive search firm with a focus on legal function and professional services, where she completed numerous senior-level search assignments. Her career began with Mizuho Trust and Banking where Aya served for 12 years in corporate finance, distressed assets, and marketing and business planning areas.


Tsuda College, BA in English Literature