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Heidrick & Struggles names Stephen McAlinden regional leader for Asia Pacific


Executive search and consultancy firm Heidrick & Struggles has appointed Stephen McAliden as their new regional leader for Asia Pacific. McAliden succeeds Steve Mullinjer who will continue to pursue client work for the CEO and Board Practice globally. In this new role, McAlinden will lead 14 offices across Asia-Pacific while continuing his client work as a partner focusing on corporate and investment banking.

"Under Steve's stewardship over the past six years, Heidrick & Struggles has grown to become a premier leadership advisor in Asia-Pacific amidst strong market competition," said Krishnan Rajagopalan, Heidrick & Struggles' President and CEO, in a press statement. "We thank Steve for his leadership and look forward to his continued contributions serving clients as a senior consultant in our global CEO & Board Practice."

McAlinden has served as partner-in-charge of the firm's Hong Kong office and as a core member of the financial service practice, focusing on Asian corporate and investment banking and markets. With more than 25 years' experience in leadership search, McAlinden is well known to major companies in the financial sector. He joined Heidrick & Struggles eight years ago and has placed executives across senior management within investment banks, securities firms, asset management companies, commercial banks and other financial institutions.

"Stephen is an internationally acclaimed consultant with a long track record of success serving clients in the financial services sector. His collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit and passion in driving business growth will help further raise our profile with clients throughout the APAC region," Rajagopalan added.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, McAlinden co-founded a leading boutique executive search firm specialising in financial services, advising equities, investment banking, derivatives and fixed income clients. McAlinden previously spent six years in London and Hong Kong with another financial services executive search firm.

Steven McCrindle will step into the role as partner-in-charge of the Hong Kong office while continuing to serve as partner in the Financial Services Practice.

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