Executive Opportunities

This is not a complete list of open roles for which we are searching. In limited instances, our clients require that we post roles on our website.

If you are interested in an open project that you understand we are handling, please contact us at responses@russellreynolds.com and we will direct your query to the responsible consultant.


Position Title


Job/Reference Number


Closing Date

Chief Executive Officer

CIFOR-ICRAF 2206-010L Kenya or Indonesia 30/09/2022

Director General, Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO)

 Department for Work & Pensions  2207-091L  London  29/08/2022

Chief Executive

 UK Export Finance  2206-064L  London  11/09/2022

Vice-Rector Research

 University of Luxembourg  2206-007BL  Luxembourg  09/09/2022


Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.  2204-017BL  Nassau, Bahamas  30/09/2022

Department for Work & Pensions
Director General, Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO)


In DWP we are proud of the service we provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our society, at often the most difficult times in their lives. As the UK government’s largest public service provider, we support people into work, help disabled people live more independent lives, and improve housing and tackle homelessness.

Everything we do in DWP Digital is driven by user needs – whether these are the needs of our customers or our colleagues. Our products enable delivery of support that helps millions of people, such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and New State Pension. Internally, we’re modernising one of Europe’s biggest IT estates across 800 locations and creating a ‘digital workplace’ to help colleagues connect and collaborate. We pioneer innovative use of data to drive business intelligence and automation, and share millions of data records every day across government and with other partners. Our security team plays a vital role in protecting DWP’s customers, colleagues, data and systems from daily cyber-attacks.

We are currently looking to recruit a new Director General, Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO). This role is critical to our transformation as a department. The role aims to drive transformation by driving digitalisation of the business by using the potential of modern online technologies and data.

You will be a key member of the Executive Team and will play a critical role in shaping our organisation as we deliver unprecedented change to the welfare system, and to our products and services. You’ll play an instrumental role in the continued transformation of a dynamic department. It’s an exciting time to join DWP.

The DWP has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please review the specification below. The closing date for applications is 23:55 on Monday 29th August 2022.

Position Specification

UK Export Finance
Chief Executive


UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the UK’s export credit agency and a government department that reports to the Secretary of State for International Trade. Our vision is to be the best export credit agency in the world and our mission is to advance prosperity by ensuring no viable UK export fails for lack of finance and insurance, doing that sustainably and at no net cost to the taxpayer. UKEF’s work is varied and complex, spanning a wide range of sectors, business sizes and geographical territories. We operate in all corners of the world, primarily in developing markets.

After six successful years in post, the current Chief Executive, Louis Taylor, is moving to head up the British Business Bank, and a replacement is now sought. The Chief Executive is responsible for providing strategic and operational direction to the organisation, ensuring UKEF deliver against its vision, mission, and the ambitions set out in its Business Plan. The Chief Executive will be a role model for all UKEF staff, operating with the highest standards of propriety and ethics, and setting the standard for leadership. Externally, the Chief Executive will be an ambassador for the organisation, representing and promoting UKEF nationally and internationally. In undertaking their role, the Chief Executive will retain the trust and confidence of key stakeholders including the UKEF Board, HM Treasury, UK Government Investments (UKGI) and ministers.

Whilst UKEF is not strictly a regulated business, the Chief Executive will be responsible for ensuring that there are robust controls and measures in place, and a strong culture of compliance, broadly in line with equivalent regulated private sector financial institutions. Priorities for the incoming Chief Executive will include ensuring UKEF meets its financial objectives related to the total value of business underwritten, premium income generated, and customer support; delivering against the organisation’s high-level vision and annual operating plans; providing leadership to over 500 staff in the UK and overseas, developing high performing, expert, engaged and inclusive teams across the breadth of the organisation and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, with a relentless focus on customers.

The successful candidate will have deep experience and a proven track record of presenting at board level within a financial services environment, combined with a strong understanding of credit and new product development. They will have had substantial exposure to international trade/finance, across a wide range of markets and sectors. Personal qualities should include excellent stakeholder management skills, outstanding leadership credentials and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels. The Chief Executive will be expected to champion diversity and inclusion, ensuring all staff are given the opportunity to flourish in an environment where they feel supported, valued and included.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 11th September 2022.

UKEF has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please review the specification below.

UKEF is committed to diversity throughout the organisation, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.

Position Specification

University of Luxembourg
Vice-Rector Research


Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg (UL) is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual and multicultural, it is a modern institution with an inclusive and friendly culture. It has a distinct international outlook which is reflected in the composition of both staff and student bodies. The University lives the ambition of a world-class research university: It strives for excellence in both fundamental and applied research, and in education. It drives innovation for society, has a high proportion of graduate and doctoral students, and intertwines research, teaching and societal impact. Three key areas have been identified for the University’s future: Digital Transformation; Medicine and Health; and Sustainable and Societal Development. They are prone to synergies by using both UL’s disciplinary strengths and interdisciplinary approaches.

The University has three academic faculties devoted to world class teaching and research: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine; the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; and the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. It also has three interdisciplinary centres, which foster excellence in strategic research directions and knowledge transfer: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust; the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine; and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

The new Vice-Rector Research, will oversee research-related activities of the university. Reporting to the Rector, the Vice-Rector Research, will have a crucial and forward-looking role in defining the vision and strategy for the institutions’ research activities. As a member of the senior management team, they will provide the strategic leadership for the research activities of the academic faculties and interdisciplinary centres. In addition, key responsibilities include evaluation and improvement of research quality and securing overarching and external funding. Other key responsibilities include doctoral education and the reinforcing of interdisciplinary initiatives. The candidate will be an ambassador for the organisation and represent it in national and international bodies and research-orientated communities. This role is crucial to the University’s evolution as a world-class research-led institution.

The new Vice-Rector should demonstrate the ability to work both up, down and across the organisation and bring the empathy and sensitivity to build constructive relationships with academic and managerial colleagues across all faculties and centres. They should have the stature and the credibility to build and maintain a wide range of relationships with research communities, industry players and the government, promoting the University’s positioning, excellence in research and enhancing its reputation. Furthermore, they should bring a performance-oriented working style and innovative and visionary thinking with regard to strategic planning activities.

The University of Luxembourg has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please review the specification below

Position Specification

Chief Executive Officer

Kenya or Indonesia

CIFOR-ICRAF is the world’s leading authority on tropical forest and agroforestry landscapes. World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) merged in 2019 - but retain their headquarters in Kenya and Indonesia, respectively. The merger facilitates the provision of the evidence and innovative solutions needed to scale up investment in sustainable land use and agroforestry practices, and address the global challenges of our time. The work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and CIFOR-ICRAF’s strategy tackles five major global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss; climate crises; transforming food systems; unsustainable supply and value chains; and extreme inequality.

The merged organisation now seeks its first Chief Executive Officer. This leader will use CIFOR-ICRAF’s strengths in forestry, and agroforestry to provide a powerful platform to drive and connect research to delivery, creating actionable solutions. The CEO will be an effective advocator and lead resource mobilisation. A compelling and authentic communicator, the CEO will cultivate existing networks and build new ones. Finally, the CEO will be charged with the continued development of the institution. The CEO will complete the full integration of the organisation, ensure operational effectiveness, and develop shared culture and goals.

Candidates for the role will bring an understanding of research and its application and credibility with the scientific community. They will also have demonstrable skills in the leadership of complex, distributed, organisations. They will be galvanic leaders accustomed to building networks of partners and to influencing at the most senior levels. The CEO will be a good listener with an empathetic and collegial approach whilst being an effective leader and networker who will inspire CIFOR-ICRAF in the achievement of further growth and success.

CIFOR-ICRAF is committed to fostering a just, equitable and diverse culture free from racism and discrimination in which all staff, partners and stakeholders feel empowered, safe, and heard.

CIFOR-ICRAF has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

Please send your applications with CV and supporting statement to responses@russellreynolds.com by Friday 30th September 2022.
Your supporting statement should succinctly highlight your motivation, experience, and skills against the requirements of the role. Please include the role title in the subject of your email.

Location: Kenya or Indonesia
Competitive compensation and benefits will be offered
For further information, visit: Home – CIFOR-ICRAF

Position Specification

Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.

Nassau, Bahamas

Templeton World Charity Foundation will appoint their President, responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s philanthropic activities as well as effective stewardship of its financial resources. This President will report to the Board of Trustees and will have responsibility, in accordance with its governing documents, for the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

Founded in 1996, the Templeton World Charity Foundation pursues the philanthropic vision of its founder, Sir John Templeton: harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it. In its quest for new discoveries at the intersection of science, theology, philosophy, and society, the Foundation fosters ambitious thinking, bold experimentation, and creative communications.

TWCF is committed to a five-year strategy focused on innovations that enable human flourishing. Flourishing is a holistic concept that includes physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. Templeton World Charity Foundation has an annual grant payout of approximately 40M USD. The team consists of 12 employees today and 6 external advisors.

As President of the Templeton World Charity Foundation, the President is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s philanthropic activities as well as effective stewardship of its financial resources. The successful candidate will be required to reside in Nassau, The Bahamas, and will play a critical role in building and leading TWCF’s strategic philanthropy. This also includes an innovative perspective in maintaining and strengthening Sir John Templeton’s donor intent. This President will report to the Board of Trustees and will have responsibility, in accordance with its governing documents, for the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

For further information, please review the position specification below. Please send your applications to responses@russellreynolds.com with the role title and Reference 2204-017BL in the subject line of your email.

Position Specification