Martha Heller, Heller Search

Founder and President

Martha Heller Biography

Martha and her team at Heller Search specialize in recruiting CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and other IT executives across multiple industries. Prior to founding Heller Search in 2010, Martha was Managing Director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm.

Before she established her career in executive search, Martha was Founder and Managing Director of IDG's CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs.

During her seven-year tenure at CIO magazine (IDG), Martha developed leadership programs for CIOs and directed the CIO Best Practice Exchange, a members-only network of IT leaders from top-tier organizations. Martha wrote a weekly column on IT leadership and led a series of executive events on IT staffing, career development, and leadership. Before CIO, Martha was an editor at Rutgers University Press.

Martha continues to engage with CIO audiences every day. She is author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership, and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. She writes’s Movers & Shakers blog, and her e-newsletter, The Heller Report: You and Your CIO Career, is read by thousands of IT professionals every week.

As a highly sought after keynote speaker on leadership and the CIO role, Martha has appeared at the Research Board, CIO Perspectives, MIT, Harvard University, SIMposium, the National Retail Federation, Cisco, Sprint, and ServiceNow. Each year, Martha serves on the judging panel for the TBM Awards and the CIO 100 Awards.

Martha received her B.A. in English from Hamilton College and her M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook. She lives near Boston with her husband, two children and their dog.