Jimson Cheng

Regional Managing Partner

Office Location: Singapore

Phone: +65 63325001

Jimson Cheng is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Singapore office. He is the regional practice managing partner of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Jimson is an accomplished consultant with more than 15 years experiences in executive search and leadership advisory, which has earned him a reputation as a preferred partner with many senior clients. He previously was the regional partner of Healthcare and Lifesciences for another major global advisory firm.

He has completed several hundred C-suite searches in healthcare, private equity start-ups, and regional healthcare conglomerates. Jimson has been entrusted with the assessment of senior leaders for growth, career advice or during mergers. This covers pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, healthcare services, and IT. He is a trusted advisor to global and regional leaders of multinational companies.

Jimson frequently interacts with senior leaders on the issues around growth and strategic imperatives for Asia Pacific. His executive search experiences and prior operational background in the industry bring deep insights to his clients around the leadership challenges in Asia and the cultural sensitivity for success in Asia. He has completed many global and regional cross-border mandates, providing assessments and competency criteria for candidate selection. He assisted organizations to build commercial teams as well as functional leaderships to spur growth or manage a turnaround in Asia Pacific.

Given the increasing complexities of multinational corporations doing business in across Asia Pacific & the Middle East, combined with the rise of Asian competitors, Jimson serves to bring robust discussion and advisory to clients on how to better engage in the region. He also serves non-governmental and non-profit organizations and sits on boards of various charity organizations. As a senior leader in the search industry, Jimson has represented the firm at global and regional events and healthcare forums. He has been an invited speaker to multinational corporation regional meetings, leadership development groups, and talent development programs.

Prior to his career in executive search, Jimson served for 17 years in operational leadership roles. He started his career in biotechnology with Temasek Holdings, then joined Serono as regional manager, and later served as Business Development Director at Abbott Laboratories as before being promoted to general manager for Thailand. Jimson was also regional vice president at Baxter Healthcare. He has managed distributors, opened new markets, crafted joint ventures, led acquisitions, invested in manufacturing capacity, and led regional commercial teams. He grew up in Singapore and has lived and worked in US, Thailand, and Switzerland.


Jimson graduated from the University of Massachusetts with bachelor of science in biotechnology, and earned a master of business administration from the University of Hull in the UK.