Bill Ward is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the global Industrial Practice, and the Marketing, Sales & Strategy Officers and the Supply Chain & Operations practices. He specializes in recruiting senior-level executives for industrial clients in the automotive, building products, capital equipment, chemicals, electrical, industrial services, and paper and packaging sectors. He has completed searches for a variety of roles including presidents and COOs and functional leaders of sourcing/purchasing, operations, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, aftermarket, sales, marketing and business development.


With more than 20 years of professional services experience, Bill has advised large multi-national as well as small and medium sized companies on business strategy, technology, and executive leadership. Prior to his career in executive search, Bill served in a variety of commercial management roles with Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for strategic accounts in the automotive and industrial sectors. Before joining Oracle, Bill spent 10 years working with Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture) as an associate partner in their supply chain strategy practice where he advised clients on both strategy and process improvement.


Ohio State University, MBA  

Michigan State University, Bachelor's Degree