Lee Hanson is a Vice Chairman and Partner in the New York and San Francisco offices of Heidrick & Struggles. She is a senior member of the CEO/Board of Directors practice, working with clients across a broad range of industries including financial services, industrial, consumer, professional services and technology. She has written articles for Directors and Boards magazine and spoken on numerous occasions on topics such as diversity on boards and the evolving profile of corporate directors. In addition to her executive search practice, Ms. Hanson is co-Chair of the firm’s Global Promotions Committee and a past Chair of the Global Partnership Council. In 2012 she received the John E. Struggles Award, a partner-nominated and selected award, given to the partner who most demonstrates the partnership commitment, client focus and personal integrity hallmarks of our firm.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles in 1995, Ms. Hanson spent fifteen years as an investment banker, most recently at Merrill Lynch & Co. and previously at Morgan Stanley & Co. Prior to this, she served as a law clerk to a federal district judge in New York.
Ms. Hanson graduated with a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University and holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She was a Trustee at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California for nine years, the last two years as Chair of its Board. She also served as Co-Chair of the school’s capital campaign. Ms. Hanson is a member of the Board of Directors of Analysis Group, Inc., an economics and financial consulting firm. She is also on the board of Students Rising Above, a non-profit focused on assisting high-potential, low-income high school students to achieve a successful college career. She was previously Vice President of the Board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.