Brad Holden is a Founder of Holden Richardson — a boutique executive search firm founded in 2016. He has over 25 years of recruiting experience. Prior to Holden Richardson, Brad founded North Line Partners, a boutique firm in 2010. Prior to North Line, Brad was with Heidrick & Struggles, where he served as Practice Leader, Global Automotive and as a Partner in the Global Industrial Practice from 2004 to 2010. For two years, he also served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s five Midwest offices. Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Brad was the Office Managing Partner of TMP Worldwide, while also serving as Co-Leader of the Global Industrial Practice. Prior to TMP, Brad’s search experience included nearly 10 years with Korn/Ferry International, where he served as President of the Global Industrial and Energy Practices his last few years with the firm.
Prior to entering executive search in 1992, Brad served in both Illinois government and industry. He began his career in government. After serving as an Illinois Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy [R-IL], he first served the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and later the Illinois Attorney General, as Chief of Staff. He later joined Container Corporation of America [CCA] as a Senior State Issues Manager, and FMC Corporation as a public affairs advisor to FMC’s Chairman and CEO.