Ron Brown


Office Location: Washington

Phone: 720-932-3838

Ron Brown is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles. 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 include private equity-sponsored and publicly traded companies, as well as family offices and not-for-profit entities. Clients have included GE, Microsoft, SunPower, Belkin, DigitalGlobe and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Recent private equity and venture capital clients include Audax, VantagePoint, Starwood Capital, Long Point, Carlyle, and General Atlantic.

Ron joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1996 in Washington, DC and in 1998 moved to California, where he helped open a new office. Ron is a Colorado native, and in 2000 he opened 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 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 programs at Harvard Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and he is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.