Press Release

Justus O’Brien Joins Russell Reynolds Associates to Co-Lead Its Integrated CEO and Board Advisory Services

Brings 17 years of Fortune 100 Consulting experience

January 26, 2015

NEW YORK --Russell Reynolds Associates today announced that Justus O'Brien has joined the firm to co-lead its CEO and Board Advisory Services alongside industry veterans Charles A. Tribbett, III and Ron Lumbra. The services are designed to help boards address escalating risk and compliance issues. O'Brien will be based out of the firm's New York office.

O' Brien joins a global team that combines expertise and experience across a wide spectrum of disciplines. The team comprises former and sitting directors of public company boards, lea​dership and management consultants, as well as legal, governance, regulatory and communications experts.

"Justus' significant international experience and expertise will augment the firm's ability to help boards see around corners and prepare for what is coming," said Clarke Murphy, CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates. "Justus joins a well-respected and experienced leadership team, which will continue to offer best-in-class service to our clients," added Murphy.

Russell Reynolds Associates' integrated CEO and Board Advisory Services encompass Board and CEO Succession; Leadership Assessment; Board Effectiveness; Board Culture and Performance; and Director and CEO Recruiting.

O'Brien's addition to the team follows the appointment of Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III to globally lead the firm's expanded Board Effectiveness Practice in September 2014.

With over 17 years of search and succession planning experience, O'Brien most recently served as co-head of an executive search firm's CEO Succession Practice. In this role, he focused his efforts on board and succession work for Fortune 100 clients. During his tenure, O'Brien also held several leadership positions, including head of the global Consumer Practice and U.S. Board Practice. Previously, he was senior vice president at Leo Burnett International, where he spent 16 years in the company's Chicago, São Paulo, Caracas and Miami offices.

O'Brien has lived in the U.S., Spain, Brazil, Venezuela and the U.K. and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

About Russell Reynolds Associates

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for chief executive officers, boards of directors and key roles within the C-suite. With 350 consultants in 44 offices around the world, we work closely with both public and private organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build boards and executive teams that can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment.


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Justus O’Brien Joins Russell Reynolds Associates to Co-Lead Its Integrated CEO and Board Advisory Services