Katherine Graham Shannon


Katherine “Katie” Graham Shannon is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office and manages both the global Digital Officers and the Technology Officers practices. In her dual role, she brings the worlds of digital, customer experience, ecommerce, and technology modernization together to provide companies with the top-tier talent needed to disrupt the status quo.


Working with clients across all industry segments, Katie specializes in senior leadership in the areas of digital, engineering, artificial intelligence, security, and other transformative technology roles. By spending time meeting, building, and managing the talent network within these communities, Katie helps her clients capitalize on the advantages of modern digital and technology leadership.

Katie joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2000 and made her initial impact co-running the Information and Technology Officers Practice, making it one of the premier technology leadership search firms in the world. Since joining Heidrick & Struggles, Katie has conducted hundreds of Fortune 500 CDO, CIO and CTO searches across the retail, technology, media & entertainment, consumer packaged goods, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, and financial services industries.



Marquette University, BS in Marketing and International Business

Philanthropy and Service

Katie is a member of The Chicago Network, Women’s Corporate Directors, and The Executives’ Club of Chicago. She sat on the board of directors of Make-A-Wish® Illinois from 2013 to 2019.