Theodore L. Dysart

Vice Chairman

Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

Theodore L. Dysart is a vice chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office where he is a leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the Chief Executive Officers practice. Ted is responsible for senior-level executive search assignments and is a functional specialist working exclusively on board, CEO and succession planning engagements. He has placed more than 600 executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and private companies.

Serving as a board- and CEO-level advisor, Ted helps clients to identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative approach focuses on working with boards to look at long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning.

Ted's professional accolades include being ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the 150 most influential head hunters in the world, and being named by Executive Search Review one of six “executive recruiters to watch”.  Over the last several years, he has been named ten times to the Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance by Directorship magazine.  In 2011, the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University named Ted one of the Rising Stars of Corporate Governance. He is a regular commentator on the subject of corporate governance, and his comments have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and on CNN as well as other local and regional papers.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, he was a vice president with The Directorship Search Group, a consulting firm specializing in corporate governance consulting and board director searches. Earlier, he worked for WIN Enterprise, Inc., a member of the WIN Group. He is active in civic circles and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Club, Economic Club of Chicago, The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois and CECP, The Force for Corporate Good.


A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ted was a member of the first class to receive a bachelor’s degree in management information systems.

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