With more than 45 years as an executive recruiter, Mr. Roche has worked with hundreds of corporations and their boards. He has identified top executives throughout the world in almost every function and industry, placing more CEOs than any other recruiter.
Joining Heidrick & Struggles in 1964, Mr. Roche became senior vice president and Eastern manager in 1973. Named executive vice president early in 1977, he was responsible for all domestic operations. The following year he became president and chief executive officer. In 1981, he moved into the chairman's role to permit greater time for the high-level search work for which he is internationally known. In 1994, he co-founded the firm's office of the chairman with John Thompson.
Widely recognized in the industry, Mr. Roche was named "Recruiter of the Century," chosen by his peers in a poll conducted by Hunt-Scanlon. He has been a featured speaker on shows such as CNBC's "Business Center" and "NBC Nightly News."
Mr. Roche is a member of the Knights of Malta, and sits on the board of directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. He is a former director of Gulfstream Aerospace (acquired by General Dynamics in 1999) and a former chairman of the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Scranton. Mr. Roche received a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Scranton, an MBA from New York University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Scranton.