Scott Atkinson is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office and co-head of the global Sustainability Practice. He places chief executives, board directors, chief sustainability officers, ESG leaders, and senior executives within companies and organizations that focus on solving critical global challenges through their products, services or solutions. Scott also consults on the governance and leadership implications of investor demand for ESG performance. Previously, Scott was managing partner of H&S’ global Venture Capital Practice. In this capacity, he places board directors, chief executives, chief financial officers, and senior leaders within disruptive companies experiencing growth, innovation, restructuring, and global expansion. Scott joined the firm from Digital.ai software, a TPG Capital-backed technology company dedicated to helping global 5000 enterprises achieve digital transformation goals. Scott was named one of Wall Street’s Top Sustainability Recruiters by Business Insider in 2022. He is frequently quoted in leading news and business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Thomson Reuters, and is also a regular guest speaker on industry panels and at major universities. Scott is on the Board of The Jane Goodall Institute USA, a community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. He earned a masters of environmental sciences & policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in history from Middlebury College.
Global Managing Partner, Co-Head Global Sustainability Practice, Heidrick & Struggles