Shawn Cooper


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Shawn Cooper
Shawn Cooper




Shawn Cooper

Shawn Cooper is a member of the firm’s global Board & CEO Advisory Partners division. He leverages more than 20 years of experience advising corporate and governance leaders on strategic leadership decisions such as CEO succession and transition, C-suite executive assessment and development, as well as board effectiveness, composition, diversity and culture. Shawn also specializes in financial institutions, investment management, financial and risk management, and family-owned enterprises. Based in Toronto, he previously led the Latin America and Canada region and served on the firm’s global Executive and Operating Committees.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Shawn served in various corporate strategy and crisis management roles for 10 years. As Vice President, Canadian Bankers Association, he spearheaded the industry’s international competitiveness agenda and was its representative in NAFTA and WTO negotiations. As Scotiabank’s Director, Corporate Affairs, Shawn advised the senior executive team on M&A and public policy. Earlier, he served in Planning and Legislation, focusing on growth strategies for emerging business lines, and the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement. In New York, he worked with Standard & Poor’s.

Education & Affiliations

Shawn earned a BCom, with honors, from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and an MBA in global management and finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a founding board member of the Mayor’s Toronto Financial Services Alliance and previously served on the Canadian Deputy Finance Minister’s Committee on the Reform of the Supervisory and Deposit Insurance System. He has served on the boards of Third Canadian General Investment Trust Limited, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute of Contemporary Culture and the Evergreen Brick Works campaign. Shawn is a member of the Smith School of Business Advisory Board.


Financial Services, Asset and Wealth Management, Insurance, Private Equity, Global Banking and Markets, Board Directors and Chief Executive Officers, Financial Officers, Board & CEO Advisory Partners, Assessment, Leadership Advisory Services, Succession Planning

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Shawn Cooper