Based in New York, Jim Lawson is a leader in the Financial Officers practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. Jim focuses on senior financial officer assignments across a broad range of industries including industrial, technology, energy, sports and entertainment, healthcare and financial services. His clients range from Fortune 500 organizations to portfolio companies of leading private equity firms. Jim also works closely with the firm’s Leadership & Succession sector taking part in the assessment of financial officers across leading organizations.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Jim served as the global leader of the financial planning and analysis group at CSS Industries, a publicly traded consumer products company. Reporting to the CFO and executive leadership team, Jim focused on key projects including acquisitions, divestitures and short and long term strategic planning. Jim also spent time on international strategic sourcing initiatives in Hong Kong and China. Previously, he was a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he worked in the Assurance Practice servicing Fortune 500 clients and also in the Transaction Services Practice, performing financial due diligence for both financial and strategic buyers. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jim took part in building a formal talent management function and was a significant contributor to the firm’s recruiting and staff development efforts.
Recent Client Experience
Jim has completed a broad range of assignments including corporate and divisional CFO's, treasurers and controllers as well as tax and investor relations leaders. He recently partnered with the executive leadership team of a $10 billion revenue Fortune 500 manufacturing company to identify a CFO successor for an incumbent being promoted to the CEO position. Jim also led the CFO succession planning search for a pre-IPO $15 billion revenue services company and the CFO for a $300 million revenue media firm, both backed by leading private equity firms. He has completed multiple financial officer assignments in the healthcare, industrial manufacturing and sports industries.
Jim received his B.S. in accounting from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Consumer, Industrial, Consumer Products, Automotive/Mobility, Industrial Goods, Financial Officers, Executive Search, Assessment