Cynthia Dow

With a keen sense of organizational culture and emerging business imperatives, Cynthia brings a deep commitment to quality, insight and long-term relationships to identify, assess and introduce exceptional, diverse talent to organizations.

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Cynthia Dow provides clients with world-class executive advisory services across a broad range of industries and geographies. Based in Boston, Cynthia leads that office and the New England region for Russell Reynolds Associates. She also heads the global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Officers Practice. She focuses on general counsel, chief legal officer and other Board and corporate governance roles. Working with Fortune 500 companies to global mid-cap and small-cap private companies, Cynthia’s expertise extends to multiple industries, including legal, consumer, industrial, technology and more. Cynthia was a successful lawyer before joining Russell Reynolds Associates, serving as a corporate generalist, labor and employment attorney and litigator.

She practiced law for more than 14 years: as vice president and assistant general counsel with Cadbury Schweppes, the general counsel to a technology company, and as an attorney with Baker Botts LLP in Dallas. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior law clerk to Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas.

“I am not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott

Cynthia received her BA, with distinction, in government from Cornell University and her JD from the Columbia School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.
Juris Doctor; Certified Professional Coach
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Areas of Expertise

Board Director and Chair Search CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Consumer Products C-Suite Succession Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Executive Search Legal, Risk, and Compliance Officers Private Capital Professional Services

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Cynthia serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is a retired member of the New York and Texas State Bars, and previously led the Board of Directors at the Dallas Contemporary art museum.