Kelvin Thompson

Managing partner, Heidrick & Struggles Intl.

Company Info: Heidrick & Struggles Intl.

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Address: 1 California St., Suite 2400, San Francisco, Calif. 94111, and, 245 Park Ave., Suite 4300, New York, N.Y. 10067

Phone: 917-399-7430


Advice: I believe it was John Seely-Brown who said that the best way to move forward is to look around you. We are entering a new world—global—only looking ahead will give you blinders.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: EQ and IQ: I look for both. Someone who is capable of both lateral and vertical thinking.

Sector specialization: Alternative investments, financial services, new media/digital technology

Job function specialization: C-suite

Geographical Focus: Global

Companies I often recruit for: Private equity, insurance, investment banking

Favorite historical figure: William Shakespeare. Modern psychology books and business books are prefaced by the Bard.

Education: London Univ. (U.K.), BA (Honors Degree), 1987

Languages: English

Employment history: Heidrick & Struggles: Managing Partner, 2007 to present; Private Equity, Venture Capital & Alternative Financing Practice; 2003-06; Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, 2000-02; Norman Broadbent International: Managing Partner, CIO Practice, 1999-2000; President, North America, Chairman, Global New Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice, 1998-99; Goodman Graham & Associates, Partner, 1993-98

Other interests: Opera, theater, food and wine

Professional/Membership Affiliations: N/A

Experience in executive search consulting: 20 years

High Profile Placement: Confidential

Other paths I might have pursued: Theater

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Globalization: the transition from understanding international vs. understanding global.

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