Heidrick & Struggles adds new partner, Laryssa Topolnytsky


Heidrick & Struggles, a Chicago-based executive search and human resources consulting firm, added Laryssa Topolnytsky, PhD, as a partner in its Toronto office.

Topolnytsky brings two decades of human capital consulting experience to the consulting business of Heidrick & Struggles (H&S), where she will serve as the Americas Manager for CEO and Board practice.

A seasoned talent expert, Topolnytsky focuses on CEO succession commitments, board effectiveness and leadership team development.

She joins H&S from Korn Ferry, where she has spent the past 15 years. She most recently served as a Senior Partner in the CEO and Board Effectiveness Practice, and previously led the company’s Canadian consulting business.

Earlier in her career, Topolnytsky spent five years at Mercer, where she was a senior consultant in the firm’s Toronto office. At Mercer, Topolnytsky worked on leader-led change initiatives, advising on motivation and retention, leadership development programs and benchmarking.

She has co-authored a book on employee retention and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on employee engagement and organizational change. Topolnytsky is also a frequent keynote speaker on the above topics, as well as the advancement of women in the workplace.

She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Huron University College.

“Our clients seek to attract the best talent and leaders to create an even greater alignment within their organizations to help them achieve their strategic goals in a challenging and ever-changing market environment,” said Jaimee Eddington, Manager regional for the Americas at H&S. “Laryssa brings a wide range of advisory skills to executives and boards of directors to help clients navigate new and complex opportunities and accelerate their business performance.”

The consulting firm also welcomed three other new hires to its global operations: Kelley Brack Jamison, partner, Los Angeles; Laura Gironda, director, San Francisco; and Marcelo Conteçote, Director, Sao Paulo.

“These new consultants bring relevant skills and perspectives that will enable them to provide timely and impactful strategic advice to our clients as they work to enhance their leadership skills and cultivate cultures to unlock even greater growth potential. “, said Andrew LeSueur, Global Managing Partner of Heidrick Consulting.

In business since 1953, H & S’s main offering is executive search, with expertise in all functions and a range of sectors. The firm also offers complementary services in the areas of leadership assessment and development, succession planning, culture development, organizational design and diversity, equity and inclusion.


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