Unity Payton


Unity Payton is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Paris office and member of the global Financial Services and Private Equity practices.


Unity partners extensively with private equity firms across France and Europe to build and reinforce investment and operating partner teams. She has deep experience in investment banking and in-house strategy and M&A roles across sectors, in addition to professional services, including strategy consulting and transaction services.

Priori to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Unity worked for other executive search firms focusing on financial services.

A British national, Unity has lived and worked in France for more than ten years. She is conversational in Italian and Spanish.


University of London, Master’s Degree in French History

University of London, Bachelor’s Degree, with Honours, in French and Linguistics