Harry O'Neill


Harry O’Neill is a partner emeritus in Heidrick & Struggles’ Madrid office. He has held various leadership roles in the firm, including leading the Financial Services Practice in Asia Pacific & the Middle East for more than seven years and leading the CEO & Board of Directors Practice in Hong Kong for three years. Most recently, Harry led the human resources function in the region, driving its people agenda with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.


For nearly three decades, Harry completed high-level human capital assignments encompassing C-suite, financial services, and board functions. He continues to work as an advisor to clients on strategic leadership needs.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Harry was managing director at another global search firm, which he joined when it combined businesses with the Hong Kong search firm he founded in 1994.

Harry started his career in banking, working with JP Morgan in London before joining the trading team at Allied Irish Bank. He also worked in Kuwait, Singapore, and Sydney for Deutsche Bank.

Philanthropy and Service

Harry is a former board chair of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and its Asia Pacific council. He has been extensively involved in Irish community organizations in the region and served as honorary consul of Ireland to Hong Kong from 2006 until the establishment of the country's first consulate general in Hong Kong in 2014.

Harry co-founded and co-led Pride@Heidrick, an LGBT employee resource group that works to advance LGBT leadership worldwide. Harry served as co-dean of the Dare to Lead leadership development program from its inception until 2023.