John McKay is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Los Angeles office and a member of the Culture Shaping Practice, working with leaders to implement healthy, high-performance cultures successfully. He is highly skilled at helping leaders create a compelling vision and core values for their organization and designing and implementing culture-shaping initiatives to achieve breakthrough results.


Since joining Senn Delaney, which was acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2013, John has worked extensively with leadership and management teams of various companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, quick service restaurants, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. He was a key advisor to the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business in developing its Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) process that quickly raised them from 11th to 1st in national rankings that same year. This groundbreaking approach in education has been adopted by other top business schools.

Prior to Senn Delaney, John began and operated a successful tour company, developing, marketing and coordinating bilingual tours throughout the Intermountain West. He accompanied the governor of Utah to Tokyo to represent Utah tourism on an international trade mission, directly increasing the number of Japanese tourists to the Intermountain West. Before starting his tour company, John worked as a customer service representative for American Express. Prior to that, he coordinated the efforts of more than 200 church representatives throughout southern Germany.


Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California Los Angeles, MBA

University of Utah, BA in Political Science