Debra Barbanel

Deb brings excellent insights around the true nature of executives, which, coupled with her legal background, augments her advisory approach on each mandate.

Deb works across the financial services spectrum to identify CEOs, CFOs and other senior-level executives for public and private real estate companies and financial services companies. Deb leads the Global Real Estate Practice and is a member of our Board and CEO Advisory Practice, as well as the Financial Officers Practice. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Deb leverages her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience across all aspects of real estate to bring her clients senior leadership solutions. Deb joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Ferguson Partners, a boutique executive search and professional services firm dedicated to the real estate and related financial services industry. There, she was vice chairman and focused on recruiting senior executives to public and private real estate companies and financial services companies. Concurrently, she also served as senior managing director of FPL Advisory Group. In that role, she oversaw the firm’s West Coast office and participated in major consulting and finance engagements. Prior to that, Deb was a senior partner with the law firm of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks in Los Angeles, which specializes in real estate law. While there, she was a member of the firm’s Management Committee and during various stages of her tenure was the partner in charge of business development, recruiting and personnel.

“Respect each and every relationship, and burn no bridges.”

Deb received her BA, magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame and her JD, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Having lived in Madrid, Debra is conversant in Spanish.
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