Determine the right leadership role to advance your career, reputation, and legacy. Open the door to new possibilities.


We partner with you to identify and secure roles or activities that are deeply satisfying, and that match your unique needs and interests.

Whether you plan to stay in the same industry or make a change, start or purchase your own business, serve on a board or as an advisor, retire, or are still undecided, Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna’s Senior Directors Unit (SDU) will help you assess and choose your best option for the future with confidence. We have the tools and expertise to help determine your optimal set of options, and the resources to support you in achieving your goals.

We understand the complex challenges facing senior business leaders in transition. The majority of leadership and board roles are filled via networks and personal connections, and we will assist you in all aspects of leveraging your networks and ours.

The SDU works exclusively for you in a trusted partnership. As a unique and exclusive service within LHH | Penna, the SDU programme provides the highly personalised support and trusted advisory of a boutique firm, backed by the global resources and networks of the world’s largest career and leadership development company.

We meet and exceed leaders’ unique needs by surrounding them with a dedicated team of senior experts and peer advisers to deliver the most comprehensive and superior experience in the industry. Our personalised, comprehensive support - including access to unlimited coaching, leadership development, market intelligence, and proven tools and technology - will broaden your network and help you move to the next stage of your career.

  • A dedicated, experienced executive coach will serve as your senior adviser to work with you one-to-one, help develop a plan, and marshal all the resources of LHH | Penna and the SDU that are at your disposal.
  • These resources include personalised assessments conducted by psychologists with deep insights into career and life planning matters for executives, unlimited coaching, communication and reputation consultants, researchers, consultation experts, employment law experts, and retained executive search partners. 
  • Our experts can guide you through pursuing different options including: traditional corporate roles; venture capital and private equity roles; entrepreneurship; alternative careers (teaching, writing, art, independent consulting, etc); board service; and portfolio career (combining part-time board service, advisory, and consulting).
  • From our prestigious client base to advisers’ personal networks, we can connect you with industry leaders, recruiters, private equity firms, venture capitalists, and SDU alumni. 
  • A peer adviser and additional peer mentors with deep industry experience bring a critical perspective to help you develop a compelling personal brand, marketing plan, and messaging strategy.
  • When assessing opportunities, our researchers conduct industry and company SWOT analyses, and provide you with valuable company information. 
  • Your personalised Advisory Board will feature subject matter experts in a wide variety of relevant areas to contribute a broad range of perspectives. We host events and roundtables exclusively for senior leaders on key business issues and topics.
  • We provide a consistent, high-touch experience regardless of location. With more than 30 senior and peer advisors based throughout the United Kingdom, we’ll work with you in a professional office setting no matter where you are.