Tracy Wolstencroft


Tracy R. Wolstencroft’s career spans a wide range of leadership positions in global business, nonprofit, and non-governmental organizations: Partner of Goldman Sachs, President and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, and Co-Chairman of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

As a longstanding Partner of Goldman Sachs, Wolstencroft managed a broad range of the firm’s investment banking business around the world including in the United States, Latin America and Asia. During a 25-year career he was a member of the firm-wide partnership committee, and the investment banking operating committee. Subsequently, as an adviser to the firm he chaired Goldman’s global clean technology business.

Wolstencroft went on to become President and CEO, and then Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles. With his leadership the firmwas transformed based on two priorities. Executive Search was expanded globally by levering the brand, diversity expertise, and relationships in the C-suite and boardroom. Heidrick Consulting was created to expand the firm’s advisory business with clients engaged in accelerating the performance of their leaders, senior teams, and overall organizations.

A longtime trustee of the National Geographic Society, Wolstencroft recently served as President and CEO during a pivotal time in the institution’s 131-year history. He managed the transition to, and relationship with, the Walt Disney Company as the Society’s new joint venture partner for its commercial media business. During his tenure the mission was refreshed to focus on exploration and education to both illuminate and protect our planet.

Wolstencroft serves across a diverse range of boards including: as chair emeritus of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whose mission is to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian and refugee crises, and as a longstanding trustee of the Brookings Institution and of the National Geographic Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Wolstencroft graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bowdoin College. He began his business career in the management training program at JPMorgan.