Heather Eddy

President & CEO

“Having the right leadership team is essential for your organization’s success. We help you find key leadership or realign current leadership for maximum success.”

Heather was appointed President & CEO of Alford Executive Search in 2013.  Previously she served as COO, managing national and local C-level searches. She provided Management Leadership at The Alford Group for ten of her seventeen years at the firm, including in the role of Chief Marketing Officer. She led the launch of Knowledge Management Solutions and managed the firm’s strategic partnerships, national training programs and delivery of service. From 1996 – 2006, she led various firm-related projects while simultaneously serving firm clients in fundraising, governance, and strategy projects.

Additionally, she founded KEES (Kistner Eddy Executive Services) to help organizations build and grow their leadership through services such as HR consulting, executive coaching, and team building.

Founded KEES:  2013
Began leading Alford Executive Search: 2007
Joined The Alford Group: 1996

Clients served include:

  • The Salvation Army (multiple Territory and Divisional projects)
  • Alzheimer’s Association (at the chapter and national level)
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository

Education and Credentials:

  • Bachelors degree from Purdue University
  • Masters degree from Purdue University
  • Certificate of Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from 2001-2015


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