People Shape

Helene Ashenberg

About Helene

For over 25 years, Helene has led Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and other executive searches for Legal, Compliance, Governance, Privacy and Government Affairs roles.

Helene has counselled a broad portfolio of multinational organizations through executive transitions, gaining a unique vantage point regarding the tremendous impact legal and regulatory heft can make in organizations.  Helene has particularly proved valuable to organizations in crisis or transition and is regularly called upon for individual executive and team assessments as well as advising on organizational design and succession planning. Legal training further adds to her credibility and insights.

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With close ties to family in Argentina, Helene is passionate about, and has also become a market leader in, diversity hiring, including devising innovative ways to expand the pipeline of diverse talent entering the legal field.  Since arriving at Hedley May, she has launched a bootcamp for next generation diverse general counsel talent with a prestigious international law firm.

Helene began her career with two leading New York law firms prior to beginning her legal search career.  Before joining Hedley May, she led the legal search practices of two national executive search firms. She was a Director of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants for more than 20 years, including serving as Chair of the Ethics Committee for more than eight years. She is currently a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Kelley School of Indiana University.

Having funded law school by working as an antiques dealer, Helene is fueled by the thrill of the “hunt” and recognizes the many shared skills that have forged her success in executive search: a discerning eye; innate curiosity and an inquisitive mind; and the ambition, knowledge and persistence to find exactly what the client is looking for.

Helene holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and has completed Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations Advanced Program in Executive Search, the only certification program of its kind.

Our People

Hedley May is the power of its people. We work hard to create a culture in which everyone feels valued, are supported to thrive, and can live the values we believe in. We know the search for great people is driven by great people.

The Belonging Project

In January 2020, we launched the Belonging Project, conducting over 100 interviews globally with a diverse range of people. Our research reaffirmed our core belief: organizations that create a strong sense of Belonging are more successful – in business, employee satisfaction and longevity. Belonging is the proven cornerstone of success.


When we founded Hedley May, we made a commitment to make a positive impact on our broader communities. We focus on providing opportunity to the underserved through mentorship, internships, workshops and other career development initiatives. We are also dedicated advocates and supporters of numerous social mobility programs.