Corporate headhunter Stephen A. Unger has ankled his post with the Spencer Stuart recruitment firm to join rival Heidrick & Struggles as partner-in-charge of its entertainment and media division.

Unger is credited with helping to build Spencer Stuart into one of showbiz’s leading exec recruiting firms during his seven-year tenure with the firm, where he most recently served as managing director of its entertainment and communications arm. Unger has placed execs in senior financial, programming, marketing and sales posts in showbiz sectors ranging from film and television to new media and theme parks. A replacement for Unger has not yet been named.

“Stephen’s expertise and executive search skills are of the highest order and his relationships around the world in entertainment and communications are second to none,” said Patrick Pittard, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles. “The business sectors in which Stephen will be involved are among the most dynamic and fastest-growing internationally.”

Before moving into the exec recruitment field, Unger worked as veepee of international sales and acquisitions for Universal Pictures. He also held senior sales posts with CBS and Filmways Pictures.