Managing Director

Leslie “Les” Stern is based in Diversified Search’s Chicago office, where he leads the firm’s internal efforts to recruit seasoned managing directors into its practices. He 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 headed the Financial Services practice. Later he joined Sullivan & Company, which was eventually acquired by Heidrick & Struggles. During his career with Heidrick, Stern specialized in conducting senior-level searches in the financial services industry.

Stern has received several notable recognitions for his work in the financial sector, including being named in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and making Crain’s list of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York.”


Phone: 312.525.2868

E-Mail: Les.Stern@divsearch.com

Location: Chicago


Master of Business Administration

Tulane University

Bachelor of Science - Hotel Administration

Cornell University


Tulane A. B. Freeman School of Business