Leadership Talent Management Strategy

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Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Talent Management Strategy team develops acquisition strategies that are integrated, holistic and linked directly to our client’s business goals.  We identify, attract, retain and develop leadership talent that creates impact through periods of growth, market or geographic expansion, operational re-alignments and downsizing, or technology-driven change.

It’s been more than 15 years since the term ‘war for talent’ was coined, yet many organizations have yet to develop a strategic battle plan for dealing with the shortage of leadership talent.  They continue to launch ad hoc and fragmented development and retention initiatives that are disconnected from strategy and have little measurable impact on individual or business performance.

Our talent acquisition strategy helps our clients understand the leadership implications of their business strategy and then prioritize the range of leadership interventions for maximum impact and return.

Knowledge Center

Hire the education leader you want or develop the one you need?

By Sally Beatty, Joseph C. Haberman 15 Jun 2017 - Publication

Successful education CEOs focus on business strategy as well as helping schools and students, yet a survey finds that this leadership style is rare. Companies must develop it internally or search elsewhere.

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Boards and sustainability: Three best practices

By Jeremy C. Hanson, Sachi Vora 09 May 2017 - Publication

Boards increasingly recognize the importance of addressing environmental, social, and governance concerns to ensure long-term success. But they may be overlooking crucial matters of talent that can help to optimize their efforts.

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Avoiding talent pitfalls in European biotech expansion

By Alan Milinazzo, Oliver Schiltz 23 Mar 2017 - Publication

US biotech firms are moving into Europe for all the right reasons—but in some predictably wrong ways. By getting the talent dimensions right up front, they can increase their odds of success.

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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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