Stephen Beard is the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Adtalem Global Education.
In his role, Stephen leads the company’s strategy, innovation, corporate development and external affairs activities, as well as the legal organization.
Stephen joined the organization in 2018 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary before taking on his current role.
Prior to Adtalem, Stephen was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., where he directed global legal operations and oversaw a variety of enterprise-level functions. After joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2003 as Assistant General Counsel, Stephen held positions of increasing responsibility including Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
Stephen currently serves on the boards of A Better Chicago and the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Stephen received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Juris Doctor degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University – Bloomington and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.