Allen Reed is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington DC office and a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. With 20+ years of executive search experience, his clients benefit from his judgment, knowledge and efficiency to help them achieve great outcomes.


Allen has deep executive search experience in product-driven healthcare companies, including innovative, high-growth biotechnology companies as well as large, established pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical services, medical device, and diagnostics organizations. His clients include private equity and venture capital-backed portfolio companies as well as high-growth publicly listed companies with global operations.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Allen was a partner in the life sciences & health care practice of another global executive search firm. At the same time, he founded a small health and wellness company that was later acquired.

Allen started his career at another top-five global retained executive search firm, progressing to managing director while serving healthcare IT, MedTech, health service, and pharma services clients. Before executive search, Allen was with the Advisory Board Company, a strategic research and consulting firm that was later acquired by Optum/United Health Group.


The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Master of Business Administration

University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with Distinction