Values & Leadership

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Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) is a global leadership advisory firm dedicated to redefining the capabilities of our clients. Working with public, private, and nonprofit organizations across industries and regions, we connect teams with leaders who demonstrate the vision and skills to shape what’s next. From helping boards with their structure, culture, and effectiveness to identifying, assessing, and defining the best leadership for organizations, our teams bring their expertise and decades of experience to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. We exist to improve the way the world is led.

Our Values

Our core values guide us in every aspect of our work—with clients and with one another. Our core values are:



We value differences and accept each individual for who they are. This is not just about social good—it is smart business.



We put our hearts into our work. We actively support and rely on each other as one global team.



Client Focused
We are fiercely committed to our clients. We work with integrity and consistently deliver exceptional quality.


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We prioritize wellbeing, trust, and community in everything we do—because a sustainable future begins with the choices we make today.


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Forward Thinking
We look beyond the obvious to what’s next—for our clients and ourselves. We are resourceful, creative, and nimble.




Everything we do at RRA is about people—from advising our clients on leadership challenges to the development, support, and growth of our own talent. No one can thrive in an environment or culture that doesn’t respect the importance of sustainability, which is why adding ‘sustainable’ to our core values is so important to our firm.

Renee Bell



Renee Bell
Chief People Officer, Chicago

Leadership and Board

We strive to lead by example. We manage our firm and our impact with a focus on ethics that enable trust and a shared sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of people and the planet. This shared responsibility begins with ownership of sustainability-related programs at the firm’s highest levels of management.


Members of our global senior leadership team are responsible for embedding sustainability principles into the operations areas where our material issues intersect with their scope of responsibility. This approach to managing sustainability allows us to enable executive sponsorship and coordinate cross-functionally to effectively manage sustainability-related risks and to amplify the firm’s positive impact on the environment and society.


RRA’s independent board of directors also provides oversight of our sustainability programs. Our firm is privately owned by its employee-shareholders, yet we challenge ourselves to meet the same rigorous governance standards of publicly listed companies. As such, we have appointed an independent board of directors that oversees our business, led by an independent board chair.


Our board provides valuable guidance and insights that keep the firm at the forefront of the leadership advisory industry. Board members draw from their diverse backgrounds to represent all relevant interests and constituents. More specifically, the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee has oversight of sustainability related topics. The committee conducts an annual cadence of reviews, supplemented by ad hoc discussions.


The firm’s Global Head of Sustainability and Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are responsible for programs supporting their respective topic areas. Both report to members of the global leadership team.


RRA’s Board Diversity




Board Oversight of Risk


The Audit and Risk Committee conducts an annual enterprise risk assessment to determine the most significant risks to the sustainability of the company, as well as the controls in place and leaders responsible for managing each risk. The board’s Nominating and Governance Committee oversees sustainability related risks and issues.



RRA By the Numbers

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Founded by Russell
Reynolds Jr. in
locations across 25 countries
net growth in people during 2022
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