Gerard “Gerry” Roche, who for decades was one of the most prominent executive recruiters in the U.S., died Saturday at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla., at age 87, a family representative said.

In a career at Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. lasting more than 50 years, his most celebrated assignments included bringing John Sculley to Apple Computer Inc. from PepsiCo Inc. in 1983 and Louis V. Gerstner to International Business Machines Corp. a decade later. He also found CEO jobs for two General Electric Co. highfliers…


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