Theodore L. Dysart
Company Info: Heidrick & Struggles Intl.
Web site: www.heidrick.com
Address: 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 7000, Chicago, Ill. 60606
Advice: Pick your jobs based on the experience you will get. Make sure you build a well-rounded career.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Courage, candor, and communication skills. One of the most important qualities is courage. People need the courage to stand up for their positions, the intellectual honesty to confront the tough issues, and the communication skills to do so without turning people off.
Sector specialization: Board recruiting, industrial, consumer, financial services
Job function specialization: Board recruiting, CEO/succession planning
Geographical Focus: U.S.
Companies I often recruit for: Kimberly Clark; Reynolds American; RR Donnelley; Terex; Liberty Mutual
Favorite historical figure: N/A
Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BS, MIS, 1994
Employment history: Heidrick & Struggles, Managing Partner, 2001 to present; Directorship Search Group, Vice-President, 1994-2001
Other interests: Sailing, opera singing
Professional/Membership Affiliations: Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Economic Club of Chicago
Experience in executive search consulting: 14 years
High Profile Placement: Building the board for the spinoff of RJ Reynolds Tobacco from RJR Nabisco. Completed four board searches in 60 days.
Other paths I might have pursued: Fund-raising for a nonprofit or political candidate
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: N/A