Renée Bell

Renée Bell

location Chicago


Renée Bell is the Chief People Officer at Russell Reynolds Associates, responsible for all aspects of the development and execution of the firm’s human resources strategy globally.



Renée has a deep background in human capital management, with a particular focus on learning and development and talent management. Previously, she spent nearly a decade as RRA’s Global Head of Learning and Development and was instrumental in leading our professional development programs, DEI efforts, redefining sponsorship, and more. Most recently, Renée was the chief talent officer at Cornerstone Research, where she managed a global team of over 20 across eight locations and established the company’s DEI Council. Earlier in her career, she spent more than 15 years at McKinsey & Company, where she held an array of positions, from business analyst to director of professional development.

Renée holds a BA with honors in economics and government from Harvard University and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy.

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