Ellen Yaffe


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Ellen Yaffe
Ellen Yaffe




New York

Ellen Yaffe

Ellen Yaffe is a core member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice, based in New York. She leverages more than 25 years of international human resources and executive search experience to provide market-leading insights and successfully recruit impactful senior talent. Ellen is a trusted client advisor to both regional and multinational banks, investment managers and insurance companies. She specializes in functional C-suite work with a particular emphasis on governance roles, including General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Compliance officer and other regulatory roles.


Ellen joined Russell Reynolds Associates after more than five years with a boutique European financial services executive search firm, where she was based in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role, she focused on recruiting top talent from across EMEA for the wealth and asset management space. Previously, Ellen was a Managing Director in Strategic Resourcing for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, working in both London and Paris. Prior to her 20 years of talent acquisition and executive search experience in Europe, Ellen began her career in HR at the Schering-Plough Research Institute in New Jersey.


Ellen holds a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an MA in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and has completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University. She speaks fluent French.


Financial Services, Financial Officers, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Officers, Risk Officers, Executive Search


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