Manuela Klos


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


Manuela has 20+ years of experience in the financial services industry in managerial roles at the C-Level, building up startups, and excelling 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.

In recent years, Manuela has supported numerous well-known fintech, startups, and venture capitalists in appointing the right managers.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Manuela was a partner in the financial services practice of another global executive search firm, focusing on executive search in new and disruptive business models. 

Manuela is committed to sustainability, having played a key role with one of the international pioneers in sustainable banking and asset management. She champions female potential, challenging the unconscious bias in the financial industry.  She is a certified mental coach.

Manuela 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 a co-author of Nachhaltigkeit im Bankensektor (ottoschmid, 2016).


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Philanthropy and Service

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

German Insights -- Deutsche Einblicke

  • Der digitale Finanzplatz Deutschland: Im Gespräch mit Dr. Lea Maria Siering (Podcast)
    Germany as a Digital Financial Center: In Conversation with Dr. Lea Maria Siering 

    In dieser Folge unseres Podcasts spricht Manuela Klos von Heidrick & Struggles mit Dr. Lea Maria Siering, Managing Director bei token und Mitglied des Digital Finance Forum des Bundesministeriums der Finanzen.