Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII), a premier provider of executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping services, announced the appointment of Jimson Cheng as Regional Practice Managing Partner for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

"Companies in the healthcare sector must deal with disruptive market forces like never before," said John Mitchell, Global Practice Managing Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Heidrick & Struggles. "As the industry faces new paradigms of access, reimbursement and digital, among other challenges, our clients will benefit from Jimson's  experience and leadership in the APAC region and beyond."

Cheng has over 15 years of executive search and leadership consulting experience in the Asia Pacific healthcare industry. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles in July 2017, Cheng was the regional lead of the Life Sciences Practice for another global executive search firm, where he built that firm's team and capabilities. Before he started his search career, Cheng held a variety of leadership roles at renowned organizations within the healthcare sector, including Serono, Abbott and Baxter. He started his career at Temasek Holdings within a subsidiary focused on Biotechnology.

"With an increasing number of pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare providers expanding their operations in Asia Pacific, Jimson has already shown himself to be a trusted leadership advisor to our clients in that industry," said Stephen McAlinden, Regional Leader, Asia Pacific & Middle East. "His leadership will help us continue to expand our team's footprint in the region."

"It's a privilege to work with a strong Heidrick team in APAC," said Cheng. "I am proud to partner with our clients to navigate disruptive changes and build their leadership bench strength to engage with increasing ambiguity, government relations, and domestic competition."

Cheng obtained his Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry degree from the University of Massachusetts. He previously lived in the U.S., Switzerland and Thailand.