Randy Jayne is a partner emeritus in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, DC office and a member of the Industrial Practice. For more than a decade, he led the Aerospace, Defense & Aviation Practice and was the founding managing partner of the Semiconductors and Hardware & Systems specialty practices.


In addition to his defense, aerospace, and aviation focus, Randy’s search practice includes clients in a wide variety of technology sectors, including complex hardware and software businesses focused on both commercial and government markets. He draws on his past experience as a company president, a chief operating officer, and as a board member of public companies as he recruits senior executives. Randy has successfully completed searches for CEOs, board members, and presidents, and has placed these executives in start-up firms, small and medium-sized public and private firms, major Fortune 100 corporations, and leading not-for-profit entities and national laboratories. To date, he has successfully placed over one hundred chief executive officers.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Randy served in leadership positions in a number of high technology companies. At McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he served in a number of executive roles including president of the $1.1 billion McDonnell Douglas missile systems company, and vice president and general manager of the $1.5 billion F-15 Eagle program. At Insituform Mid America, the nation’s largest trenchless pipe and pipeline company, Randy served as president, chief operating officer, and member of the board of directors. He also served at the director and vice president levels at General Dynamics Corporation.

Before embarking on his corporate career, Randy was an officer and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He held numerous flying assignments, including two combat tours in Southeast Asia, and served in the White House as a White House fellow, and on the staff of the National Security Council. He also served as associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the office of management and budget in the White House.

In parallel to his executive career, he was a reserve forces aviator and commander, and is a retired Major General in the Air National Guard. He formerly served on the boards of directors of CAE, a major international technology corporation listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges, the prestigious Institute for Defense Analysis in Washington, D.C., and Insituform, MetricVision, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel at the CIA for eleven years.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD

United States Air Force Academy, BS Degree


US Air Force Academy, Distinguished Graduate, 2019, one of 41 such awardees in the institution’s sixty year history