Katherine Graham Shannon

Managing Partner

Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 (312) 496 1331

Katherine “Katie” Graham Shannon is global practice managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ Information & Technology Officers Practice, working primarily with companies across all industry sectors building their CIO and CTO leadership teams at the most senior levels. Katie spends her time meeting, building and managing the talent network within the technology communities and partnering with clients on global leadership strategies and opportunities. She has conducted many Fortune 1000 CIO searches in media and entertainment, consumer packaged goods, retail, technology and financial services industries.

Katie has nearly twenty years of executive search experience, having spent her first two years with Heidrick & Struggles co-running the Information & Technology Officers Practice making it one of the premier CIO search firms in the world.  

Katie’s prior search experience includes five years with A.T. Kearney Executive Search in both Chicago and San Francisco offices. While there, she specialized in recruiting CEO and CEO’s direct reports across all functional areas for companies in the technology industry both start-up and Fortune 1000 businesses.

She is a member of Women’s Corporate Directors and The Executives’ Club of Chicago. Katie is also on the board of directors of Make-A-Wish® Illinois.


Katie holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Marquette University, and studied abroad at Loyola University Rome Center in Italy.

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