Executive Opportunities

Position Title Organization Job/Reference Number Location Closing Date
CEO, Smart Power X Rockefeller Foundation 2103-009L New York/Washington DC
Chief Digital Health Officer Living Goods 2104-001PL Nairobi
Chief Executive NHS 2105-009L England 14/06/2021
Executive Director DNDi 2011-041L Geneva 15/05/2021
Master Christ's College, University of Cambridge 2102-062L Cambridge 25/04/2021

Rockefeller Foundation
CEO, Smart Power X

New York/Washington DC

​The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking to appoint the founding CEO of Smart Power X ('SPX'), a new global platform it is establishing.​

The Rockefeller Foundation has already demonstrated what it takes to scale distributed renewable electricity (DRE) solutions in select markets, with data-driven insights on the business models and technologies needed to unleash them. The organization has built a unique global community of partners, including donors, investors, private DRE developers, large energy utilities, governments and NGOs who are actively engaged with the Rockefeller Foundation, and are eager to do more. Based on this experience, the Foundation believes now is the moment to harness this collective ambition via SPX.  In launching SPX, the Foundation will position energy at the nexus of development and action on climate change, and thereby lay the groundwork to ultimately frame it as a new model for global development.

The CEO of SPX will be a leader of vision, intellectual breadth, practical entrepreneurial and partnership building experience to build the initiative along with the Board and create immediate impact and a legacy for the future. This person will create a world-class organisation with a powerful voice and champion its mission to end energy poverty.  

Eventually reporting to, and working closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational leadership of the organisation. S/he will ensure that the organisation's governance, programmes, and engagement are ethical, transparent, aligned and supportive of the Rockefeller's values and core commitments.

The CEO will be an inclusive leader who will work closely with the Board, partners, senior leadership team, and staff to frame the strategy and agenda of the organisation, build its brand, establish new partnerships, and enhance its relevance, influence, and practical contribution. 

The Rockefeller Foundation has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 2103-009L in the email subject line.

​The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

Position Specification

Living Goods
Chief Digital Health Officer


​Living Goods is a non-profit organization founded in San Francisco with operations in Uganda, Kenya, and Myanmar, and Washington, DC. Its goal is to build sustainable community health systems at scale. Living Goods envisions a world where every family can easily access the healthcare they need to survive and thrive. To achieve this, Living Goods supports digitally empowered community health workers (CHWs) who deliver care on call by leveraging smart mobile technology and real-time data, with the goal of supporting governments to invest in and scale effective community health nationally. CHWs go door-to-door in their neighborhoods to provide health education, diagnoses, medicines, and health products.

Living Goods is seeking to appoint a Chief Digital Health Officer who will serve as a strategic thought partner to the CEO on all digital health, data, and technology approaches to enable implementation of the organizational strategy. The CDHO will lead on working closely with in-country stakeholders to codesign digital health solutions that ensure opportunities to strengthen national community health systems.

The CDHO role will bring at least 15 years of relevant experience, including at least five years at executive level. Ideally they will have had experience in developing B2C mobile applications in the African or an emerging markets context. This person will possess the strategic capability to create a vision for digital health to enable strengthened community health systems and government partnerships.

Living Goods has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 2104-001PL in the email subject line.

Position Specification:

Chief Executive


Lead and transform the National Health Service to address the population's health needs through system integration and digital transformation. 

The NHS has faced its greatest challenge over the past year, with Covid-19 materially impacting and changing the service. The NHS is now at a pivotal point, with the need to support the workforce, reduce bureaucracy, embrace technology, and embed the innovative ways of working adopted during the pandemic. The success of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out has demonstrated the remarkable agility, resilience and capability of the entire service and its people. This platform is one that sets out the direction for the transformation required over the next few years, delivering the NHS Long Term Plan, including addressing the health inequalities inherent within the system and highlighted through the pandemic. Further integration of care has allowed more people to see the benefits of joined-up care between GPs, social care, community health services, hospitals and mental health services. The adoption of digital technology is also transforming the service so that all clinical pathways and ways of working can take full advantage of digital and technology advances.

Against this backdrop, the Board of NHS England now wishes to identify a successor to Sir Simon Stevens as Chief Executive of the NHS.

This is a unique role. The Chief Executive will lead a strong team of experienced executives and is highly visible as the head of the largest free at the point of delivery health system in the world. They will be jointly accountable to the Board of NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, and to Parliament for the delivery of services worth c.£150bn (2021/22).

The role will focus on five priorities:

  • Doing things differently: striving towards a truly integrated system, giving people more control over their own health and the care they receive; encouraging more collaboration between service providers; implementing integrated care systems as the bedrock of the future NHS; delivering the best possible care, with different parts of the NHS joining up better; and the NHS and local government forming dynamic partnerships to address some of society's most complex health problems.
  • Preventing illness and tackling health inequalities: the NHS will increase its contribution and joint working with colleagues in local government and elsewhere to tackle some of the most significant causes of ill health, reduce health inequalities and support people to live longer, healthier and more independent lives and work more closely at a local place and system level. Proportionate national legislative intervention on public health measures must also play its part.
  • Backing the NHS's workforce: supporting the workforce by creating the flexibility NHS organisations need; removing the barriers that prevent them from working together and enabling them to arrange services and provide joined up care in the interests of service users; continuing to increase the NHS workforce by implementing the People Plan, training and recruiting more professionals, and making the NHS a better place to work, so more staff stay in the NHS and feel able to make better use of their skills and experience for patients.
  • Making better use of data and digital technology: embedding integration through more effective data sharing across the health and care system, in order to enable the digital transformation of care pathways; providing more convenient access to services and health information for patients.
  • Getting the most out of taxpayers' investment in the NHS: continuing to work to reduce duplication in how clinical services are delivered and decrease spend on administration.

In the short term, the NHS is focused on recovery from the backlog of elective activity caused by the pandemic. A key aspect of this recovery is the strong focus on looking after the NHS's people. The Chief Executive will lead the transformation across the whole NHS, and focus on its people, ensuring that everyone recognises that they must continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as taking action to grow the workforce, train the NHS's people, and work together differently to deliver patient care.

Candidates will be proven chief executives, with an exceptional record of leading major system integration and digital transformation, at scale. Whilst a background in delivering health services is clearly relevant, the Board of the NHS is interested in candidates from a wider range of consumer-facing sectors. The ability to operate in a highly complex environment with multiple stakeholders is essential, along with a track record of building high performing inclusive teams and of developing diverse talent. A high degree of resilience, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and excellent communication skills are all essential attributes.

​The closing date for applications is midnight, Monday 14th June.

The NHS is committed to a personal, fair and diverse health and care system and welcomes applications from all candidates.

NHS England has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and the terms and conditions of service, including how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below. 

Position Specification ​

Executive Director


DNDi is seeking to appoint its next Executive Director to lead the international non-profit, medical research and development (R&D) organization as of late 2022. 

DNDi develops infectious diseases treatments for neglected patients and uses the power of innovation, open science, partnerships, and advocacy to find solutions to the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people.

DNDi was launched in 2003 by four leading public research institutes in Brazil, India, Kenya, and Malaysia, as well as the Institut Pasteur and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO). MSF dedicated a portion of its 1999 Nobel Peace Prize Award to help steer its inception.

DNDi has developed and introduced eight new treatments for five neglected tropical diseases and viral diseases, working with more than 200 partners in over 40 countries.  By 2028, it intends to have deployed 25 treatments for neglected infectious diseases, while enhancing access to treatment and contributing to a more sustainable and fair research and development ecosystem.

The Executive Director leads the global organization to deliver its strategic objectives, and mobilizes partners, donors, and the global health community. The role demands a deep understanding of public health and/or drug development, a profound appreciation of field realities, ideally informed by a formative experience, and the aspiration to engage clinicians, researchers, public institutions and industry in low-resource settings alongside global partners. This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished leader with experience in managing diverse global teams and shaping the strategy of an innovative institution.

With a staff of 250 in nine offices on four continents, DNDi's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is both an essential part of its culture and among the factors of its success. DNDi does not tolerate any act of discrimination, which it sees as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion, human rights as well as organizational effectiveness.

Russell Reynolds Associates are assisting DNDi with this appointment. For further information, please follow the link to the position specification below. 

The closing date for applications is 12:00 PM (BST), 15 May 2021.

Position Specification

Christ's College, University of Cambridge


The Governing Body of Christ's College intends to elect a new Master as head of the College to succeed Professor Jane Stapleton, whose tenure comes to an end in August 2022.

Founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1505, Christ's College is located on a garden site in the centre of Cambridge. While academic excellence is especially prized at Christ's, all members are encouraged to explore a wide range of outside interests, and numerous extra-curricular activities flourish among the students – including sport, music, drama, films, and debating. The College is small enough to be friendly and personal, yet large enough for all members to be able to find others with interests to match their own.

The Master chairs the Governing Body, where ultimate decision-making authority rests. In so doing, the Master contributes to the strategic decisions taken by the College and facilitates the debate and discussion needed to achieve consensus. The Master is also the outward-facing leader of the College, within the University of Cambridge and to the wider world.

Christ's seeks applications from suitably qualified candidates who have achieved distinction in their professional field. Qualified candidates will demonstrate an affinity with the academic purpose of the College and possess the intellectual stature to command the respect of the Fellowship. They will be accomplished leaders, ready to embrace and advance the College's vision as a diverse community, and able to foster excellent relationships with alumni, benefactors and potential donors.

Christ's College has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below. 

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 25th April 2021.

Position Specification

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