President and Chief Executive Officer
Office Location: Washington
Phone: +1 202 3314900
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.
Krishnan received a BSE and MS from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Krishnan is a member of the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering National Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins University.