Stephen McAlinden

Regional Leader

Office Location: Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2103 9313

Stephen McAlinden is the regional leader for Asia Pacific. He is also a partner within Heidrick & Struggles' global Financial Services Practice, focusing on Asian corporate & investment banking. Based in Hong Kong, he leads a team of over 300 professionals delivering executive search and leadership consulting services in 14 offices across Asia Pacific.

With more than 25 years of experience in leadership search, Stephen has successfully placed top individuals at all levels of senior management within investment banks, securities firms, asset management companies, commercial banks and other financial institutions. 

Stephen joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2009, and has built an exceptional reputation in the financial services industry as a trusted advisor. He was named Partner-in-Charge of the Hong Kong office in 2013.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Stephen co-founded Eban International Limited in 1995, a leading financial services specialist executive search firm, advising equities, investment banking, derivatives and fixed income clients.

Additionally, he spent six years in London and Hong Kong with Stephens Associates, a financial services executive search firm, with responsibility for the U.S., Japanese, Asian and emerging markets’ equity and corporate and investment banking markets.

Stephen has been named “Asia’s Most Admired Individual Headhunter” by Asiamoney Magazine on various occasions.


He has a bachelor’s of arts degree (Honors) from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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