Charles Watson

Charlie Watson is a member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ financial services practice, where he conducts senior-level recruitment and executive assessments for private equity and global banking clients.

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Charlie Watson identifies, assesses, and develops senior executives for private equity and banking companies. He leads many of our projects in the real asset space (infrastructure, power, renewables, digital, energy transition, etc.), focusing on portfolio company management and board leadership.

He gained executive assessment certification from Hogan, the leaders in science-based assessment, and is a Certified Executive Coach, having been awarded Level II honors after completing the Columbia Coaching Certification Program. Charlie is based in Stamford, CT.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Charlie was a vice president and sector specialist, institutional equities, at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that, he was in a similar role at Deutsche Bank. Previously, Charlie was an associate in Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette's Equities Research Department (later Credit Suisse First Boston). He began his career in Chemical Bank's private banking department, entrepreneurs and business owners division.

Charlie sits on the Board of Trustees of The Taft School and Co-Heads The Taft Fund. He also sits on the parents’ committee. For years, he sat on the Board of Directors of the United States Adaptive Golf Association (USAGA) or its predecessor. The USAGA is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association for many years.

Charlie received his BA in economics from Middlebury College and his MBA, with honors, from Columbia University Business School.
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Areas of Expertise

Assessment and Benchmarking Executive Search Global Banking and Markets Infrastructure Investment Management Private Capital

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