Sara E. Spiering


Sara Spiering is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the global CEO & Board of Directors and Industrial practices. She leads the global Diversified Services sector encompassing transportation, logistics & distribution, industrial services & engineering, construction, and infrastructure.


Sara focuses on non-executive directors, CEOs, executive and non-executive chairs, presidents, and operators and on consulting engagements for CEO and board succession planning, pre-IPO board building, and corporate governance best practices.

Since joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2009, she has led more than 300 non-executive director searches, primarily for F500 companies. Sara has deep expertise in long-term board building and pre-IPO board preparedness and has extensive connectivity with diverse and rising star board talent.

Before Heidrick & Struggles, Sara worked as an attorney. She spent four years practicing management-focused employment law and commercial litigation with DeWitt Ross & Stevens.
Sara speaks frequently on governance issues and has done so at multiple NACD Annual Summits.


University of Wisconsin School of Law, JD (Articles Editor, Law Review)

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, BA in Journalism

Philanthropy and Service

Sara serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Illinois and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, where she serves on the membership committee. She was a founding member of Chief, a private network for C-Suite female leaders, and previously served on the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.