Cathy Holley


United Kingdom

Cathy is a Partner and Co-Head of Boyden's Global CIO Practice based out of London where she works with organisations across all sectors, advising boards on shaping and building world-class IT functions which deliver real business advantage.

As well as recruiting some of the world's top CIOs, she has expert knowledge of CIO top team roles whether infrastructure, applications or programme-related.  She is a frequent speaker at industry events and works closely with CIO advisory groups such as Gartner, Leading Edge Forum and CIO Development. Her opinion on the future of the CIO role is often sought by the industry press.

Cathy’s early career was in front-line roles in leading global hi-tech firms such as IBM and Oracle. She transitioned into search in 1995 when she joined Norman Broadbent’s Technology Practice which she ultimately co-headed with Phil Peters (now also at Boyden). She joined Heidrick and Struggles in 2002, eventually leaving to become a founding partner at Boyden, where she has established herself as one of the leading global CIO recruiters.

Cathy has a degree in French and Italian from Royal Holloway College, London University.

She has also written a number of topical articles, including:

Cathy Holley


Ames House
7 Duke of York Street
London SW1Y 6LA
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 207.389.9767

Practice Areas

CIO/Information Technology