Patrick Johnson

Experienced at leading high profile, sensitive projects, working with complex stakeholder groups to achieve exceptional outcomes.

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Patrick Johnson advises organizations in the public and healthcare sectors on the recruitment of board members, CEOs, and other senior leaders. He also works on board assignments in the private sector, as part of our global Board and CEO Advisory Partners. Based in London, Patrick leads the internal leadership development and succession planning efforts for Russell Reynolds Associates. He previously served on our global Executive Committee and co-led business operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He has also functioned as London Office Leader and Global Social Impact and Education Sector Leader.

Patrick has more than 30 years of executive search experience, both in his native United Kingdom and across the world, with 15+ of those years at Russell Reynolds Associates. He has advised clients on a wide variety of executive and non-executive positions, including in the Civil Services, charities, regulators, academia and the National Health Service. Before joining our firm, Patrick worked within PA Consulting Group’s human resources practice after a period in the oil industry. He started his career with Arthur Andersen.

"Our firm has a strong belief in improving the way the world is led, which dictates the work we take on, how we collaborate as colleagues and how we partner with our clients. It is this sense of purpose that distinguishes us and makes RRA a special place to work, and firm to work with."

Patrick has a degree in economics from Durham University.
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Areas of Expertise

Board Director and Chair Search Board Effectiveness Board of Directors CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Public Sector

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Patrick has a strong personal interest in working with adults with learning disabilities and served on the board of a charity providing users with advocacy services in the community, including as Chair.