NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Theodore L. Dysart

Theodore L. Dysart is a vice chairman in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office, where he is a leader in the global Board of Directors Practice and is an active member of the Chief Executive Officers Practice. Ted is a functional specialist working exclusively on board, CEO and succession planning engagements, having placed executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and private companies. As a board and CEO advisor, Ted helps clients identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative approach focuses on long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning.

Ted is a regular commentator on the subject of corporate governance, and his comments have appeared in The New York TimesUSA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, and CNN as well as other local and regional papers. Ted's professional accolades include being recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 150 most influential head hunters in the world; being named by Executive Search Reviewas one of six executive recruiters to watch in 2004; and for 6 years Directorship magazine named him to the Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance. In 2011, the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University, named him one of the Rising Stars of Corporate Governance.

Entries by Theodore L. Dysart

Choosing Your Next Lead Director: Selecting the Best Fit for the Role

December 17, 2010

While very few companies are making lead director succession a priority, it should be just as important of a consideration as CEO succession.


Crisis Management: Facing Down the Court of Public Opinion

October 20, 2010

Although high-profile crises may jeopardize the existence of the company itself, many boards are caught off guard when such disasters strike. The board in its oversight role should, of course, try to ensure that management is doing all it can to avert obvious catastrophes.