Tom Friel was elected non-executive Chairman of the Board of Heidrick & Struggles in September 2006. Heidrick & Struggles is a publicly traded company listed as HSII on NASDAQ. Previously he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company since June 2003. In this role, he had overall responsibility for the firm's activities worldwide, delivered through a global network of more than 50 offices located in over 32 countries. Since joining Heidrick & Struggles in 1979, Tom has played an important role in developing the firm's leadership position in key markets. He established the firm's Silicon Valley presence in 1984, serving as Managing Partner of the Menlo Park office for its first five years. He was co-founder and then later assumed the responsibility of managing the firm's International Technology Practice, which serves clients in the computer, software, telecommunications, instrumentation, electronics, and related high technology industries. He led the practice from 1987 to 1995, during which time the practice became the recognized world leader in the senior-level search in the high technology marketplace. From 1992 to 1999, Tom undertook the additional role of Managing Partner, Asia Pacific. Under his direction, 10 offices were opened and staffed, as Heidrick & Struggles grew from start-up to its current market position as one of the leading firms in the region. From 1999 through 2001, Tom served as President of Heidrick & Struggles Ventures, the firm's division responsible for all future initiatives, new business strategies, investments and alliances. In his search career he has specialized in recruiting Chief Executive Officers, Chief Technology Officers and Board of Director members. In her book, The Global 200 Executive Recruiters, Nancy Garrison-Jenn listed Tom as among the Top 200 Executive Recruiters in the world. The partners of Heidrick & Struggles honored Tom in 1998 by naming him the recipient of the John E. Struggles Partnership Award, the firm's most significant honor. In March of 2007 the Association of Executive Search Consultants, (AESC) recognized Tom with the "Gardner Heidrick Award" the industry's most prestigious honor for outstanding contributions to the profession. Tom is an honors graduate of Purdue University, where he majored in Industrial Engineering. He also holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the Business School Advisory Council. In addition to Heidrick & Struggles, his Board experience includes several private and not-for-profit companies.
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