Gauri Padmanabhan


Office Location: New Delhi

Phone: +91 124 4655300

Gauri Padmanabhan is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ New Delhi office, and leads the CEO & Board and Consumer Markets Practices in India. She also oversees the Education Practice in South Asia. In addition, Gauri set up the Life Sciences & Education Practice in India, which she has led for more than six years.

She has played a key role in building the business in India over the past 15 years. Gauri has worked closely with leadership teams in India and the region, assisting them in building their leadership teams in South Asia. Her clients include large global and Indian corporations in the consumer, retail, luxury, hospitality & leisure, and OTC sectors.

Gauri specializes in leadership searches at the board and C-level, successfully meeting the leadership needs of clients by tapping into Indian leadership talent, as well as talent from overseas. A main focus area is partnering with clients to drive their diversity agenda.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Gauri had a leadership role in a major direct-selling multinational with responsibility for customer services and delivery. As part of the senior management team, she was a key member of the strategic planning group. Gauri also has experience in general management, consulting and teaching.


Gauri studied literature and social sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.