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Heidrick & Struggles Announces Newly Created Leadership Roles and Key Appointments

Heidrick & Struggles announced new leadership roles and appointments, effective January 1, 2021, as part of the firm’s long-term strategic plans to accelerate business growth and strengthen its focus on diversity and the firm’s workplace culture.

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“We continue to transform our business and build for the future,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, President and CEO, Heidrick & Struggles. “As we progress on this journey, our leadership and workplace culture remain foundational to our success. We have a long-standing commitment to developing talent from within our firm, and these new roles and leadership changes put us in an even stronger position to support our employees while delivering world-class advisory services to our clients.”

The leaders appointed to the following new roles will report to the President and CEO and work closely with the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors to advance its strategic plans.

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Kamau Coar is named to the newly created role of Chief Inclusion Officer, in addition to his current role as Chief Legal Officer. As Chief Inclusion Officer, Coar is responsible for shaping the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including talent development, employee resources and culture. He will work with leaders across the firm to create strategies, programs and initiatives that help ensure diverse representation and further strengthen the firm’s inclusive culture across all levels.

“Kamau has been a champion for inclusion throughout his career. This new role is both timely and crucial as our firm advances with a sharpened focus on diversity and inclusion,” said Rajagopalan. “While we have made many important strides forward, Kamau brings a new lens and accountability to helping create a more diverse and equitable workforce and an open environment and culture where all employees can succeed and thrive. Our investments in diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to amplifying our entrepreneurial culture, and to driving innovation through a workforce empowered to bring the full power of new and diverse ideas, perspectives and talents.”

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