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Paul Ballman leads the firm’s Leadership & Succession Practice in the EMEA region. A seasoned business psychologist with a specialty in leadership development, Paul partners with clients to deliver comprehensive assessments and solutions to the most complex of leadership issues. He is based in London.
Paul joined Russell Reynolds after nearly three years as the founder of OpenBook Insights, a leadership assessment and development consultancy. Prior to this, he spent a year with the Cabinet Office of the UK Government expanding leadership development approaches to career pathways in the Civil Service and was the Head of Leadership Development for Vodafone UK, working to gain corporate culture insights on the business and its customers. Previously, Paul spent seventeen years with a global leadership advisory firm in leadership roles across business functions and geographies—including co-CEO—ending his tenure as a Managing Director. Paul was also formerly a Consultant with another global management consulting firm and a Development Tutor with the Roffey Park Institute, a management training college. He began his career in research, recruitment and training with Bell Northern Research.
EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS
Paul holds a BSc in social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. Paul has published Red Pill: The Truth About Leadership, among other works. He also created an online video series, My Virtual Coach, as part of OpenBook Insights.