Stephen Schwanhausser

Global Managing Partner

Office Location: New York City

Phone: +1 212 867 9876

Stephen Schwanhausser is the Global Managing Partner and Regional Managing Partner Americas of the Consumer Markets Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. He has been with the firm for more than a decade based in New York.

Stephen recruits Board Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Division Presidents as well as Chief Sales and Chief Marketing Officers. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies as well as privately held or controlled organizations. His practice is deep in fast-moving consumer goods, durable products and consumer services including ecommerce and digital distribution. His work spans high growth and disruptor companies as well as large established organizations.

His recent clients include: American Standard, BlackRock, Bauer Hockey, Chamberlain, Danone, Dollar Shave Club, The Hinckley Company, The Honest Company, JUUL, Keurig, Mastercard, Mondelez, Outdoor Voices, Pharmavite, Purple, Stanley Black & Decker, and Yeti Coolers among others.

Recent private equity and venture capital clients include: Ares Management, Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group, Comvest, Cortec Group, General Catalyst, Goldman Sachs, Invus, Light Speed Ventures, and Stripes Group among others.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Stephen worked for Kraft Foods in sales, category management, and trade marketing leadership roles. He, his wife Meg, three children, and black lab-border collie in Rowayton, Connecticut. He is an avid sailor, foodie and home improvement enthusiast.


Stephen is a graduate of Bucknell University where he was a double major in English and Psychology as well as being a division one athlete and captain.