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Martha Heller - Heller Search Associates. Boston, MA, US

Martha Heller Martha Heller

President | Heller Search Associates


Expert in IT Leadership and Author, "The CIO Paradox"



MARTHA HELLER is president of Heller Search Associates,
a Boston-based executive search firm that specializes in IT
leadership positions. Prior to founding Heller Search, Martha
was Managing Director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG
Partners, a global executive search firm. Before establishing
her career in executive search, Martha was Founder and
Managing Director of CIO magazine’s CIO Executive Council,
a professional organization for CIOs. She continues to engage
with CIO audiences through her monthly column in CIO magazine,
as author of’s Movers & Shakers blog, and as author of You and Your CIO,
a blog on Martha has presented on “the CIO career” at CIO events, the CIO
Executive Summit, MIT’s emerging technology conference, SIM, the United Nations Forum
on Women and Technology, and numerous academic executive programs. Martha
is also on the judging panel for CIO’s prestigious CIO 100 award. Martha received her
B.A. in English from Hamilton College and her M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook.

Industry Expertise (3)

Information Technology and Services


Human Resources

Areas of Expertise (3)

The Cio Paradox

Your Cio Career

Cio Hiring

Accomplishments (3)

Contributing Columnist, CIO magazine (professional)

1999 - current

Co-founder and Managing Director, CIO Executive Council (professional)

A global peer advisory organization whose mission is to advance the CIO profession.

President, Heller Search Associates (professional)

Heller Search Associates is a retained executive search firm with an industry reputation for identifying and recruiting superior information technology leaders.

Education (2)

SUNY Stony Brook: MA, English

Hamilton College: BA, English

Affiliations (3)

  • WITI - Women in Technology
  • CIO Executive Council
  • Society of Information Managers

Testimonials (1)

Pamela J. Stenson, SVP & GM | CIO Executive Council

“Martha has been a frequent speaker at our events both large and small, and has always been one of the highest, and sometimes the highest rated of our speakers."

Event Appearances (4)

Breaking The CIO Paradox

Realcomm  Las Vegas, NV


Breaking the CIO Paradox

CIO Perspectives (CIO magazine)  San Francisco, CA


Managing Your Career in IT Leadership

CIO Magazine and SIM events  various

The CIO/CFO Divide

Xiolink and St. Louis Business Journal Executive Breakfast  St. Louis


Sample Talks (1)

Breaking the CIO Paradox

Based on in-depth interviews with a wide array of successful CIOs and more than 12 years working closely with the CIO community, Martha’s presentation offers guidance to CIOs on how to attack, reverse, or neutralize the paradoxical elements of the CIO role, and level the playing field for IT’s success.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


0 to 25000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee