Board of Directors

Combining decades of global leadership experience, the Board of Directors at Russell Reynolds Associates provides guidance and insights that keep the firm at the forefront of the executive search and leadership advisory industry.


Learn more about each member, their sector expertise and the vast knowledge they bring to the table.



Gaurdie Banister

Gaurdie Banister retired as CEO of Aera Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company owned jointly by Shell Oil and ExxonMobil, in 2015. 

Prior to Aera Energy, Gaurdie served in executive-level positions at Shell Oil. He began his career as a Facilities Engineer and ended his tenure as a Technical Vice President for Upstream in both Asia Pacific and the Americas, where he oversaw drilling and development. 

Gaurdie is currently the Lead Director of Tyson Foods and a Board member of both Marathon Oil and Bristow Group. He serves as Trustee of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation based in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also on the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, DC, and The First Tee of Greater Houston.

Gaurdie holds a BS in metallurgical engineering and an honorary doctorate degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also received an honorary doctorate degree from Fort Valley State University in Georgia.



Elizabeth Beshel Robinson

Liz Beshel Robinson has a long history of high-level business and finance expertise, and was Goldman Sachs’ youngest Global Treasurer, a position she held from 2005 to 2015. 

Liz spent 26 years with Goldman Sachs. She joined the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division in 1990 and transferred to the Corporate Treasury Department in 1993. She became Global Treasurer in 2005 and was named partner in 2006. While at Goldman, she was co-chair of both the Finance Committee and the firm-wide Capital Committee and was a member of the Partnership Committee, the firm-wide Risk Committee, the Principal Investments Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. She retired from the bank in 2016 to dedicate herself to board work. 

Liz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of New York Mellon and a member of the Board of Advisors of Doctors Without Borders. She is also a trustee of Williams College and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Liz graduated from Williams College in 1990 and earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Executive MBA Program in 1998.



Kevin K. Carton

Kevin Carton is a retired senior practice partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (New York). His most recent leadership responsibility was to run the firm’s Global Entertainment & Media practice where he chaired its business development and thought leadership worldwide. 

Kevin spent 38 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 27 years as a partner and retired in 2004.  In addition to serving as lead engagement partner on the audits of many of the world’s largest companies, he has done large, varied mergers and acquisitions (up to $30 billion), post-merger integrations, formation of corporate governance and risk management policies and systems. 

Since retirement from PwC, he has served on the Boards of several companies – public and private – both in the U.K. and the U.S. He has chaired the Audit Committees for three companies (EMI Group in London, Russell Reynolds Associates in New York and Unio Holdings in New York), and is the Lead Director of Unio Holdings. He has had key roles in matters such as CEO succession, Board composition and transformation, strategy formulation and enterprise-wide risk management. His non-profit work has included being on the Board of Good Shepard Services in New York and The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management in Washington, D.C. 

Kevin received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Rutgers University.



Eric Daniels

Eric Daniels retired as Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group in 2011. 

Prior to joining Lloyds in 2001, Eric spent 25 years with Citigroup, first in corporate banking in Panama City and then in a range of management positions in Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. 

Eric now holds a number of other positions, including serving as a Senior Advisor to CVC Capital Partners, a non-executive director of Funding Circle, a member of the EMEA Advisory Committee of Workday a Board Member of the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust. He is also an advisor or board member for several innovative technology companies. 

Eric received a M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and also holds a B.A. in History from Cornell University, which he gained in 1973.



Nancy McKinstry

Nancy is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board for Wolters Kluwer. 

Before assuming her present position in 2003, Nancy gained more than a decade of experience at Wolters Kluwer and its operating companies in North America. Most recently, she was an Executive Board member of the company and previously served as CEO of Wolters Kluwer’s operations in North America.  She was also President and CEO of CCH Legal Information Services, now a part of the Wolters Kluwer’s Legal & Regulatory division. Earlier, Nancy held product management positions with CCH INCORPORATED, now part of Wolters Kluwer’s Tax & Accounting division.

Early in her career, she was CEO of SCP Communications and held management positions with Booz & Company (formerly, Booz Allen Hamilton), where she focused on assignments in the media and technology industries. 

Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors of Abbot, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc, and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. In August 2011, she was appointed by the Chinese State Council Information Office as a member of the Foreign Consultant Committee. 

Nancy earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University, New York, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In May 2005, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Rhode Island in recognition of her contributions to business.



Clarke Murphy

Clarke Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was the Global Leader of the firm's CEO/Board Services Practice. 

While at Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Board of Director searches for UnitedHealth Group and MSCI. He has also conducted CEO assignments for MasterCard, Genworth, ARAMARK, and Duke Energy, among others. In addition, he has led notable searches in the private equity industry including searches for the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus.

Clarke has over 25 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1988. Now based in New York, he also spent time in the firm's Frankfurt office and later in London, where he served as Deputy Country Manager. He has also acted as Head of the Americas. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke was a commercial banking officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase) in New York. 

Clarke received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia.



Simone Menne

Simone Menne was most recently the CFO of Boehringer Ingelheim and is currently a highly recognized corporate leader and board member for a number of globally-recognized corporations. Her industrial and healthcare career has spanned general management, operations, finance and human resources globally. 

Prior to serving as CFO for Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Simone was with Lufthansa for 27 years. As the aviation giant’s CFO, she was the first woman to serve on their Executive Board. Over the course of her tenure at Lufthansa, Simone held progressively senior roles within auditing, data processing and user services, restructuring, commercial management, human resources and finance. This included roles in Nigeria, France, Germany and the UK, and serving as CFO of British Midland. 

Simone currently serves on the Supervisory Boards of BMW and Deutsche Post, and on the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls. She is also a gallerist in her home city of Kiel, Germany. 

Simone earned an MS in business administration from the University of Kiel in Germany.



Jacky Wright

Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, where she inspires and leads teams to help businesses leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform. 

Wright is widely recognized as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM advocate. She uses her broad platform to drive thought leadership not just for the positive impact of digital transformation for business, but also for social, economic, and environmental change. 

As a woman of color, her passion, advocacy and influence to create a truly inclusive world is demonstrated in the various forums where she regularly speaks on diversity, digital inclusion and the power of inclusive leadership.



David Rowland

David Rowland is the retired executive chairman of Accenture and was one of the company's longest-tenured senior executives. 

David held numerous leadership roles during his tenure at Accenture. Before becoming executive chairman in 2019, David was Accenture's interim CEO and, prior to that, he served as CFO. From 2012 to 2019, he worked alongside former Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme, playing an important role in positioning Accenture as the market leader in new, high-growth areas of digital, cloud and security-related services. His leadership was integral to driving record levels of top-line growth and shareholder value during that period, as well as the execution of Accenture's bold strategy of acquiring more than 100 companies to bolster capability and scale for strategic growth.

David was a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee for nearly 20 years and was closely involved in evolving Accenture from a partnership to a public company and leading global professional services organization. 

In addition to Russell Reynolds Associates, David currently serves on the board of the tech company, Tanium. Previously, he served on the board of Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft.

David has served on several civic and charitable boards throughout his career, including the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Board of Directors for Covenant House Georgia. 

David holds a B.S. in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.