Jim Lawson specializes in identifying and recruiting senior financial officers for the world’s leading companies. Based in New York, Jim co-leads the global Financial Officers Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. He is also the leader for the Philadelphia region and is part of the Board & CEO Advisory Partners Sector. He recruits executives with financial expertise for companies in the industrial, consumer, media, technology, healthcare and financial services industries. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to portfolio companies of leading private equity firms. He also conducts financial officer assessments. Jim served as the global leader of financial planning and analysis at a publicly traded consumer products company before joining our firm. There he reported to the CFO and executive leadership team, focusing on a diverse set of initiatives including acquisitions, divestitures and short and long-term strategic planning. Previously, Jim was a Manager with PwC, where he worked in the Assurance Practice with Fortune 500 clients. During his time at PwC, Jim took part in building a formal talent management function and was a significant contributor to the firm’s recruiting and staff development efforts.

“The best executives are made, not born. They absorb information, study their own experiences, learn from their mistakes, and evolve.” 
― Stephen A. Schwarzman

Jim received his BS in accounting from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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