Jackie Arends specializes in advising clients on succession planning, leadership transitions and recruitment of board directors. Based in Washington, DC, Jackie leads the Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, leveraging her more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of politics, government and industry. Jackie is renowned for her success in leading US and global CEO, board and executive-level searches for a wide range of corporations and trade associations. Jackie joined Russell Reynolds after 17 years with another leading global search firm, where she conducted hundreds of high-level searches across industries. Jackie has special experience advising foreign-owned defense companies operating in the US. Jackie worked as a special assistant to the president and a special assistant to the secretary of defense, advising all Senate-confirmed personnel appointments within national security. In recognition of her service, Jackie was awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service and the Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Jackie received her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law and is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont. She is fluent in German, French and Danish.
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