Effective Boards

Our services include:

The demands on Chairmen and Boards are accelerating rapidly due to increased scrutiny and higher expectations from regulators, activist shareholders and the business media. Governance and compliance remain significant issues that Boards must address, but are only part of the story. A truly effective board of directors is concerned to move ‘beyond compliance’ focusing on behavioral and relationship issues that shape effective board dynamics and drive board and organizational performance.

Partnering with all stakeholders, Heidrick & Struggles’ Board Effectiveness teams diagnose, benchmark and assess a board’s composition and contribution.

In addition to the traditional cycle of board reviews, clients seek our counsel during periods of significant transition, be that a new chairman or a strategic shift when they need confidence that the board has the right skills, competencies, relationship and leadership behaviors to guide the business to the next stage of growth.

Through workshops, observation and one-on-one interventions, we help boards shape relationships, culture and the team dynamics that underpin success. The process typically involves the following:

  • Strategy review with Chairman/CEO
  • 2 -1 Interviews with each board and management member
  • Benchmark performance with peer companies
  • Peer review for individual performance
  • Report and development recommendations
  • Post-review actions

Knowledge Center

Board Monitor 2017: Is diversity at an impasse?

By Heidrick & Struggles 08 Nov 2017 - Publication

In 2016, Fortune 500 boards, which filled a record number of seats, made strides toward greater diversity, appointing more Hispanic directors than ever. But women directors lost ground. Learn more about the latest trends in board composition and experience in this year’s Board Monitor.

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Association and nonprofit boards: Maximizing effective service

By Julian Ha, Bill Hudson 10 Oct 2017 - Publication

A survey of association and nonprofit board members explores what motivates directors to serve, how directors view their roles, and how the organizations they support can improve their experience.

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23rd Annual Stanford Directors’ College

By John T. Thompson, Lee Hanson, Anne Lim O'Brien, John S. Wood, Michael Nieset 22 Jun 2017 - Event

Heidrick & Struggles sponsors the 23rd Annual Stanford Directors’ College in conjunction with the Stanford Law School.

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

Meet Our Leadership

Krishnan Rajagopalan President and Chief Executive Officer

Krishnan Rajagopalan is President and CEO for Heidrick & Struggles, a trusted advisor to clients across executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping. He serves on the Board of Directors and also leads the firm’s Executive Committee.

Krishnan formerly led Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Executive Search business unit. Between 2007 and 2015, he led the firm’s Global Technology & Services practice. Krishnan has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World” by Business Week.

Krishnan’s personal practice focuses on leading global senior-level searches for clients in the consulting, technology services, outsourcing, software and private equity arenas. Additionally, Krishnan conducts search assignments for executives in a broad range of corporate functions, including CEO, COO and President positions, as well as senior-level positions in strategy/development and client relationship development.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Krishnan was a Vice President/Partner with A.T. Kearney Consulting. During Krishnan’s tenure with A.T. Kearney, he focused on strategy, operations/procurement and e-business across a wide array of industries including technology services, hi-tech and manufacturing. Krishnan has conducted numerous engagements where he was an active part of defining and assessing the executive leadership team. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Krishnan was a consultant with Price Waterhouse in its Strategic Management Consulting Group. Before embarking on his consulting career, Krishnan was a Lead Engineer with Harris Corporation in the commercial satellite communications arena.

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