Krishnan Rajagopalan, CEO of a global executive search firm based in Chicago, Illinois, is set to receive the highest honour by the Asian American Business Development Center in its annual Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards.
The honour will be given to the Indian American president and chief executive officer of Heidrick & Struggles at an event on September 15. The 2020 event had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. AT&T CEO Anne Chow will also receive the honour.
Over two decades, more than 850 Asian American corporate executives and entrepreneurs have been honoured by the AABDC. Cancelled in 2020 due to the deadly pandemic, the event will resume in 2021 and begin with a day-long conference at the Asia Society in New York City. This will be followed by a dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.
“Not only are we back in business with our Outstanding 50 award, but our 20th anniversary will feature two Pinnacle Award winners who exemplify excellence and achievement from C-Suite level Asian Americans,” John Wang, president and founder of AABDC, was quoted as saying.
Rajagopalan serves on the board of directors of Heidrick & Struggles and leads the firm’s global Management Committee. He has led C-suite and board-level searches for global corporations across all industries and now comes with more than 18 years of experience in executive search.
Regularly interacts with clients and advises them on digital transformation, leadership, succession planning, governance, culture, diversity and inclusion, and bio notes.
Rajagopalan had led the Heidrick & Struggles’ global Executive Search division earlier and, before that, also led the firm’s Global Technology & Services practice. He has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World”.
Heidrick & Struggles is known for having partnered with organizations like the Paradigm for Parity coalition and the 30 per cent Club’s Future Female Directors program in an attempt to do their bit to promote gender parity across all levels of organizations, as well as to close the corporate leadership gender gap.
Rajagopalan served as a vice president and partnered with a global management consulting firm before joining Heidrick & Struggles. There, he focused on strategy, operations and transformation across various industries.