Marla Oates is a member of the Financial Officers and Industrial Practices. She is based in Houston and partners with clients on senior financial officer assignments for Fortune 500 organizations, as well as for private equity-backed and earlier stage companies. Marla’s search experience covers a range of industries including energy, technology, health care, consumer and financial services.
Marla joined Russell Reynolds Associates after more than a decade in progressively senior roles in both private equity and investment banking. She was most recently a Director at a large international energy-focused private equity firm. In this role, she relocated from Houston to London to open the firm’s first UK office, and was also seconded to advise the CEO and CFO of one of the firm’s largest US private equity investments. During her tenure, Marla worked directly with senior partners to lead the due diligence process of new investments and was active in portfolio strategy, financial modeling and investor relations. Previously, she worked for a large upstream and infrastructure-focused private equity firm headquartered in Calgary. Marla began her career at a global investment bank in Toronto, prior to joining their energy investment banking team in London.
Education & Affiliations
Marla holds a BComm in finance from the University of Calgary, with honors, and a Master’s degree in finance from INSEAD France/Singapore. She is also a CFA Charterholder. Marla is an active member of the Houston Women’s Energy Network.
Industrial, Private Equity, Corporate Affairs Officers, Financial Officers, Executive Search