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Heidrick & Struggles appoints three board directors

Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Elizabeth L. Axelrod, Clare M. Chapman and T. Willem Mesdag to its board of directors as independent directors, effective immediately.


"We are pleased to welcome Beth, Clare and Will to our board of directors," said Richard Beattie, chairman of the board.  "Each of these individuals brings unique strengths to our Board. Beth has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in talent management, core to our business at Heidrick & Struggles, and brings a digital mindset informed by her former senior role at a leading internet-based retailer. Clare adds international perspective and experience from a series of high-profile human resources leadership roles. Will brings an investor's point of view, along with a wide breadth of experience from his service on a variety of boards."


Axelrod, served as senior vice president for human resources for eBay Inc. for more than ten years. Previously, she was the chief talent officer and an executive director for WPP plc, a global communications services group. Axelrod was formerly a partner at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. She is a co-author of The War for Talent, published by Harvard Business School Press in 2001. She also serves as a member of the advisory board at Bulger Partners, LLC. 


Chapman is the former group people director of BT Group. Prior to this role, Chapman was the director general of Workforce for the National Health Service and Social Care system Previously, she was human resources director for Tesco PLC and vice president of human resources for PepsiCo's operations in continental Europe. Chapman serves on the board of Kingfisher PLC.


Mesdag is the founder and managing partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners, an investment management firm based in Los Angeles. Prior to founding Red Mountain, he was a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs & Co. Previously, he was a securities lawyer with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll. Mesdag also serves on the board of directors of Destination XL Group and Encore Capital Group. He additionally serves on the board of trustees of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the board of directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is a member of the council on foreign relations. 

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