Mercedes LeGrand leads the firm’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Practice, and is a member of the Technology Officers and Digital Transformation Practices. She focuses primarily on defense-related technology companies and associated market and leadership trends. Mercedes is based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Mercedes was a Managing Partner at Watermark Strategic Advisors, a consultancy which connects emerging technology companies with US Defense, Intelligence and Security agencies. At Watermark, Mercedes helped clients understand federal regulations and processes, advised on marketing and pricing strategies, provided access to growth capital and advised on merger and acquisition scenarios. Before that, while at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mercedes served as Acting Director of Strategic Planning for the Department of Homeland Security’s Preparedness Directorate. Earlier, she was an Associate with DC-based investment bank, Friedman Billings Ramsey.
Education & Affiliations
Mercedes holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School and London Business School, and a BA in government and international politics from George Mason University. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in the cities of Alexandria and Arlington, VA, where she serves as a direct voice for children in the juvenile court system.
Technology, Cyber Security, Industrial, Aviation, Aerospace and Defense, Technology Officers, Digital, Executive Search, Culture Advisory, Diversity and Inclusion