Manuela Klos


Manuela Klos is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Frankfurt office and a member of the global Financial Services Practice. Recruiting general management and senior-level positions within disruptive business models in financial services, she acts as a link between traditional and digital banking. Manuela also supports her clients through business and cultural change processes.


Manuela spent 20+ years in the financial services industry in managerial roles on C-level assignments, building startups, and as a management consultant. A driver of change in the industry, she knows exactly what is crucial for a manager and leader to be successful in a dynamic environment.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Manuela was a partner in the financial services practice of another global executive search firm. Her focus is on executive search in new and disruptive business models. In recent years, she has supported numerous well-known fintechs, startups, and venture capitalists in appointing the right managers.

Not only is she committed to sustainability, having played a key role with one of the international pioneers in sustainable banking and asset management, but Manuela also champions and harnesses female potential, challenging the unconscious bias in the financial industry. She is fluent in German and English and has advanced knowledge of Spanish and French.

Manuela has published several articles on sustainability in banking and is co-author of Nachhaltigkeit im Bankensektor (ottoschmid, 2016)


A banker by education, Manuela has completed bank internal executive programs. She is also a certified mental coach.

Philanthropy and Service

Manuela advocates for and coaches women through all stages of their careers, encouraging them to realize their maximum potential.