Rich Fields


Rich Fields leads the firm’s Board Effectiveness Practice and is a member of the firm’s Board and CEO Advisory Partners. He is a trusted advisor to boards and corporate leaders who regularly ask him to customize and deliver annual board and director assessments, benchmark boards against both peers and evolving investor and ESG standards, avoid or mitigate activist vulnerabilities, and develop more productive relationships with their largest and most influential shareholders. He also partners with clients on thoughtful board refreshment and CEO and other leadership succession events.

Rich joined the firm from King & Spalding, where he was a Partner who advised companies on complex, high-stakes corporate governance issues. Before that, Rich was a Partner at governance boutique Tapestry Networks, where he led the firm’s programs with lead directors and the chairs of boards and board committees.

Rich is a recognized authority on corporate governance who regularly writes and speaks on critical governance and board leadership topics. He has been quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters and the Financial Times. He has authored chapters in each edition of The Handbook of Board Governance, including the forthcoming chapter “Evaluations that Enhance Board Effectiveness.” Rich was also one of four global winners of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership’s Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award in 2015.

Rich earned his JD with honors from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA in government from Clark University, magna cum laude. Rich serves on the Board of the Society for Corporate Governance and is the past President of the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County.
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