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Lee Hanson

Lee Hanson

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Lee Hanson is a Vice Chairman and Partner in the San Francisco and New York offices of Heidrick & Struggles.  She is a senior member of the Global Financial Services Practice and CEO/ Board of Directors practice, specializing in the private equity, investment banking, asset management, and hedge fund industries. She also manages the firm’s most high profile General Counsel assignments.  In addition to her executive search practice, Ms. Hanson is the Chair of the firm’s elected Global Partnership Council and served on the firm’s inaugural Global Promotions Committee.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles in 1995, Ms. Hanson was a Director in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch & Co.  In this role, she was instrumental in establishing and building a group which had client responsibility for the telecommunications industry. She was involved in assignments ranging from equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general financial advisory projects, including a number of assignments with companies in Europe and Asia.

Ms. Hanson began her investment banking career as an Associate in the Corporate Finance Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.  She also spent three years in the firm’s Tokyo and London offices.  Prior to her work as an investment banker, she served as a law clerk to a federal district judge in New York.

Ms. Hanson graduated with a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was a Trustee at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California for nine years, the last two years as Chair of its Board for two years.  She also served as Co-Chair of the school’s capital campaign. Ms. Hanson is a member of the Board of Directors of Analysis Group, Inc., an economics and financial consulting firm.  She is also on the board of Students Rising Above, a non-profit focused on assisting high-potential, low-income high school students to achieve a successful college career.  She was previously Vice President of the Board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.
Professional Website: www.heidrick.com