Jim Penny is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York office and a member of the Financial Officers Practice, having played a key role in building the company's expertise in retail finance. He conducts global senior-level assignments in a variety of consumer industries including retail, products, hospitality and services. Jim works with Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms to fill positions in their portfolio companies and understands the needs and challenges of companies owned by financial sponsors. He works closely with several vice chairs and senior partners in the firm on CEO and CFO assignments, in addition to working on a variety of supporting finance roles.
Previously, Jim spent more than four years at another international executive search firm where he worked in the consumer, retail and industrial sectors. Throughout his search career, he has conducted numerous search assignments for CEOs, CFOs, presidents and general managers, as well as managers of staff and line functions.
Before his career in executive search, Jim gained Wall Street experience working in equity research at Merrill Lynch. He previously worked for Amoco Oil Company and Pacific Cargoes.
Jim earned his MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business and graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor's degree in marine transportation.