Stephen W. Beard is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Adtalem Global Education. He oversees all legal matters for the enterprise worldwide and provides strategic counsel to the CEO, senior management team and board of directors.
Previously, Stephen was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., where he directed global legal operations for the company and oversaw a variety of enterprise support functions including strategy, corporate development and marketing.
Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Stephen was in private practice with Schiff Hardin, LLP in Chicago, where he was a member of the fi rm’s corporate and securities group, representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and corporate governance matters.
Stephen began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr. (ret.), Associate Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Stephen received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana and a Juris Doctor degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University – Bloomington.