Heidrick & Struggles announces three new leadership appointments

11 February 2019 Consulting.us 3 min. read
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Chicago-headquartered Heidrick & Struggles (H&S) has appointed three new leaders: Jenni Hibbert is now global practice managing partner, of financial services; Dan Ryan takes the role role of regional leader of the Americas; and Stephen Schwanhausser takes over as global practice managing partner of consumer markets.

The global consulting firm, which provides executive search, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and culture-shaping services, made the three upper-level appointments as part of its long-term growth strategy.

H&S delivers effective succession planning to the top global companies, so it makes sense that the firm would also be keen on developing and promoting the best talent within its own organization. "Succession planning is a core service we provide our clients to help them effectively manage change and the future growth of their companies, Krishnan Rajagopalan, H&S president and CEO, said. "We also have a strong focus on succession planning within our firm, and we work closely with our leaders to help them grow and take on new challenges."

“The leaders that have been appointed into their new positions have proven track records of managing with agility and delivering results, and they will play key leadership roles as we continue to expand our search and consulting offerings," she added.

Executive search consultancy Heidrick & Struggles appoints new leaders

London-based Jenni Hibbert takes over as global managing partner of the financial services practice. She was previously H&S’ regional managing partner for financial services in Europe and Africa. She is also the former leader of the the UK financial services practice. A former journalist - before joining H&S, she was a broadcaster at the BBC, focusing on finance and business - Hibbert retains a focus on filling communications, marketing, and investor relations positions.

Hibbert was a central figure in the establishment of the firm’s Board Network and Leadership Network, which enable H&S to connect with women in leadership and board roles. She also previously served on the global Consultant Promotion Committee.

She replaces David Boehmer, who stays on as a partner in the financial services and financial technology practices.

New York-based Dan Ryan becomes regional leader for the Americas, wherein he will collaborate with senior management and office leaders to drive growth across the region. He will also continue to serve as global head of strategic accounts, driving collaboration between the firm’s search and consulting businesses.

A specialist in senior-level financial services placements, Ryan has completed more than 500 search and leadership engagements since joining H&S in 2003. Ryan was previously a consultant in the private client division of Citigroup. 

Ryan succeeds Michael Cullen, who will continue in his role as chief operating officer.

New York-based Stephen Schwanhausser takes over as global managing partner of the consumer markets practice. He was previously co-managing partner of the global consumer products sector, a position he took on after leading the sector in the Americas.

Schwanhausser has been with firm for nearly 15 years, specializing in CEO and board director recruitment for Fortune 500s, private companies, and equity-backed growth companies. His recent clients include BlackRock, Mastercard, Mondelez, Danone, Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group, and Goldman Sachs. 

Related: Heidrick Consulting adds Cheryl Stokes as Partner in Atlanta office