Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III

Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III





Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III

Rusty O’Kelley is a Managing Director in the firm’s New York office and is the Global Leader of the Board Consulting and Effectiveness Practice. He advises corporate boards and CEOs in the areas of corporate governance (U.S. and global), board succession planning and refreshment, board assessments and CEO succession planning. Rusty advises Fortune 500 companies in all major industries. He assists numerous companies with multi-year CEO succession planning by designing a process and providing the board ongoing counsel. In 2016, Rusty was honored as one most influential people in the boardroom as a member of the NACD Directorship 100.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Rusty served as Managing Partner for another global consulting firm in their Leadership & Succession Group. Before that, he was with Katzenbach Partners where he developed and led the firm's CEO succession planning and transition practice. Rusty began his career as a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell where he specialized in bank mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance.


Rusty formerly served as Director for Seventy-Fifth Avenue Investments and Trak Chicago 1 Investments. He was also a former trustee at Bennett College.


Rusty earned his B.S. in accounting from Hampton University and graduated as valedictorian with honors, summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.


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Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III