Sara E. Spiering


Sara Spiering is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and regional managing partner of the Industrial Practice in the Americas. She has placed more than 300 executives on corporate boards, primarily for industrial companies.


Sara is a member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice and previously led the global Diversified Services Sector, covering industrial services, distribution, transportation and logistics, engineering and construction, and infrastructure.  She focuses on searches for non-executive directors, non-executive and executive chairs, pre-IPO and other board-building projects, and board succession planning.

Sara has deep expertise in diversity board recruiting and speaks frequently on governance issues. Before joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2009, she practiced management-focused employment law and commercial litigation with DeWitt Ross & Stevens.


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 former member of the International Women’s Forum, a founding member of Chief, a private network for C-Suite female leaders, and a member of the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.