Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Adtalem Global Education Stephen W. Beard

Stephen Beard was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Adtalem Global Education in 2018.

He oversees of all legal matters impacting 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. (NASDAQ: HSII), where he directed global legal operations for the company and oversaw a variety of enterprise support functions including strategy and corporate development. After joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2003 as Assistant General Counsel, Stephen held positions of increasing responsibility including Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Stephen was in private practice with Schiff Hardin, LLP in Chicago, where he was a member of the firm’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 is active in a variety of community and civic matters and currently serves as a member (and former chair) of the City of Chicago’s Board of Ethics and as a board member of venture philanthropy for A Better Chicago.

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.

Stephen W. Beard

Stephen W. Beard

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Adtalem Global Education

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