AABDC awards Indian American with their highest honor


An Indian American businessman has been awarded Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).

Krishnan Rajagopalan, CEO of Illinois-based Heidrick & Struggles, is honored with AABDC’s highest honor. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on 15 September, at the Asia Society in New York.

Rajagopalan is currently the President and CEO of the Chicago-based Management Consultancy, and he has been there for 20 years, where he started as Global Practice Managing Partner.

He has been promoted thrice and has held the office of CEO for over four years now. he serves on the board of directors of the firm.

The AABDC, spanning two decades, has honored over 850 Asian American corporate executives and entrepreneurs, representing scores of industries nationwide, through its annual award program, India West reported.

The highest honor of the night will be awarded to Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business, and Krishnan Rajagapolan, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles.

Each year, the ‘outstanding 50’ award committee identifies and selects outstanding leaders who have built a successful business or who have distinguished themselves in their community.

Of those, the committee also identifies a top Pinnacle Award recipient who has reached the acme of his/her professional career and is widely acknowledged as a leader in their industry.

Rajagopalan studied at Baltimore’s John Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. He worked as a partner at AT Kearney for eight years before joining Heidrick and Struggles.