Ron Brown


Office Location: San Francisco

Phone: +1 415 9812854

Ron Brown is a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, splitting his time between the firm’s Denver, Colorado, and San Francisco, California offices. He is a member of the firm’s CEO & Board Practice and Financial Officers Practice. He brings more than two decades of advising CEOs and boards on succession planning and building high-performance leadership teams through executive search and leadership advisory. Ron’s clients range from private equity-backed and growth-stage companies to publicly traded companies, to not-for-profit entities and some venture capital investors.

Ron first joined Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, DC/Northern Virginia office and later helped open the firm’s first Denver office. Ron has held various leadership positions within Heidrick & Struggles, including managing partner of principal development; managing partner, Western region; managing partner, Cleantech Practice; and managing partner of the Americas for the Global Technology & Services Practice. He was elected by his partners to the firm’s Global Partnership Council.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Ron served in various appointed government positions, including deputy associate director of presidential personnel at The White House. He began his career in marketing and government relations positions with a major policy research institution.

Ron was recently appointed to the State of Colorado IT Economic Development Advisory Council. He is an emeritus member of the board of the University of Colorado’s Denver College of Business, and is past chairman of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship there. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Colorado Chapter. He is a frequent speaker on issues of leadership and corporate governance.


Ron has attended executive business school programs at Harvard Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and he is a graduate of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.