Ilana Abramowicz

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Ilana Abramowicz combines psychological insight with commercial experience to effect sustainable change across clients’ talent agendas.   Ilana leads the Top Team Effectiveness Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates and was integral to the creation of our propriety tool for measuring C-suite effectiveness, Productive Tensions.

An organizational psychologist, executive coach, leadership team effectiveness facilitator and coach, and succession practitioner based in London, Ilana has more than 25 years of leadership advisory experience. She works with CEOs and executive teams of leading companies across industries, from multinational conglomerates to start-ups.

Ilana focuses her time on three core areas: team effectiveness, C-Suite succession, and leadership development and coaching. She has experience working with clients with a range of challenges, including integrating new leadership teams and geographies, understanding and preparing for leadership transitions, and overcoming leadership weaknesses. She typically solves such challenges through formal coaching journeys lasting between six and 18 months.

She is experienced in coaching leaders in managing transitions into new roles, building the effectiveness of their team, developing their leadership brand and executive presence, defining their leadership value proposition, and developing their emotional intelligence and personal resilience.

Ilana joined the firm from a boutique consulting practice, where she designed executive team effectiveness programs, delivered CEO succession projects, and built executive coaching relationships across the C-suite. She has always specialized in team effectiveness and supporting new and existing leaders to maximize the impact of their executive teams. Before that role, Ilana worked at consulting and learning development firms. She began her career as a movement therapist with a specialization in addictive behavior disorders and broader issues related to mental health.

Ilana holds a BEd from Monash University in Melbourne and an MSc in organizational and occupational psychology from the University of East London.
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Assessment and Benchmarking Development and Transition Executive Search Professional Services

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