Patrick S. Pittard

Chief Executive Officer
BDI DataLynk, LLC

Patrick S. Pittard

Patrick S. Pittard is CEO of BDI DataLynk, LLC, a company that provides fiber optic technician training services. Pittard also serves as a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence at the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, where he has served on the faculty as a leadership instructor since 2002.

Prior to BDI DataLynk, Pittard served as chairman and CEO of Southern Fiber Company from 2017 to 2018, and before that he was CEO of Patrick Pittard Advisors, LLC, a C-level human capital firm. Prior to forming Patrick Pittard Advisors LLC, Pittard served as the chairman and CEO of ACT Bridge from 2011 to 2013.

Before joining the University of Georgia in 2002, Pittard served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., a worldwide provider of executive level search and leadership services.

Pittard joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1983 in the Atlanta office. He began as a search consultant and over the next 18 years held the titles of partner, managing partner (Atlanta), North America managing partner, and president and CEO of Heidrick and Struggles, Inc., which at the time didn’t include the European practice. During Pittard’s tenure as a CEO, the firm experienced impressive financial growth and global expansion. In 1999, he led the merger of the firm’s U.S. and European operations, which has operated separately for 19 years, to create Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. He also led the firm’s initial public offering and several strategic mergers with established firms in North America, South America, Europe, and Africa as well as numerous strategic alliances.  In addition, he created and developed complementary businesses to add the firm’s core search product, offering clients solutions for their total human capital needs.

Previously, Pittard was a principal at Kurt Salmon Associates, and prior to that had been with Texas Commerce Bank, and Citizens and Southern Bank. He started his career as a public school teacher in Georgia.

Pittard graduated from the University of Georgia and has been honored by the Terry School of Business as its Distinguished Alumnus. He currently serves on the board of Artisan Partners Funds, Inc.