Managing Director


Leslie (Les) Stern is Managing Director based in our Chicago office. Stern has over 40 years of experience in executive search, both as an entrepreneur running a successful firm and as a partner with global firms.

Previously, Stern was with CTPartners where he was primarily responsible for strategically building the professional ranks. He was charged with broadening the geographic reach of the firm and identifying and staffing practice areas to support efforts throughout the world. Stern's search career began when he established Stern Associates, a firm he led for 25 years. He merged his firm with Ward Howell, where he was head of the Financial Services Practice. Later he joined Sullivan & Company, which was eventually acquired by Heidrick & Struggles. During his career with Heidrick and Struggles, Stern specialized in conducting senior-level searches in the financial services industry.

Recognized as a leading professional in Who's Who and Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Stern is one of Crain's "100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York."


Professional Activities & Achievements
Board member of the Vail Jazz Foundation
Board member of United Way of Eagle River Valley
Advisory Council Member of the Johnson Museum, Cornell University
Life member of the Cornell University Council.


MBA, Tulane University
BS. Cornell University,
Executive-in-Residence, Tulane's A. B. Freeman School of Business

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