Press Release

Russell Reynolds Associates Adds New Leadership and Expands Team in Canada


February 20, 2020

Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm, today announced that the firm has appointed Pascal Bécotte to lead its operations in Canada, which is comprised of three closely integrated offices: Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. In addition, the firm has added four new consultants to its Canada team to expand its support of evolving client needs.

“We have been advising Canadian clients on talent and leadership issues for many years,” said Constantine Alexandrakis, leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Americas Region. “As demand for our services continues to grow across industries in Canada and beyond, we are continuously building on our reputation as a leading advisor to boards, CEOs and the C-Suite by further expanding and strengthening our team.”

Dr. Pascal Bécotte leads the firm’s Canadian operations and advises clients across the globe on their overall talent strategy, particularly with respect to leadership assessment, succession planning and the recruitment of directors, CEOs and other senior executives. A key member of the Healthcare team, Bécotte is a global expert in the Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology functions. Splitting his time between the Toronto and New York offices, Bécotte has more than 18 years of executive search experience.

Jean-Philippe (JP) Daoust
has joined the firm as a Consultant in the Technology, Industrial, and Energy and Natural Resources Practices. Based in Montreal, Daoust joins us from Deloitte, where he was a senior leader in the Technology Strategy and Transformation Practice, helping cross-sector clients design and deliver large and complex business and technology transformation initiatives. Earlier, he was with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for 13 years, structuring and delivering major global outsourcing programs.

Michelle Lalonde has rejoined the firm as a Consultant in the Consumer Practice, where she specializes in recruiting commercial leaders within the consumer packaged goods industry. Previously, Lalonde spent five years with the firm in Toronto, where she most recently led our knowledge efforts for our CEO & Board Advisory Practice (now Board & CEO Advisory Partners function). Prior to rejoining the firm, she worked as a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney in their Consumer Industries and Retail Practice and began her career as an Environmental Engineer at Golder Associates before moving into e commerce at eBay Canada.

Kevin Graham
has joined the firm as a Consultant in the Industrial and Energy and Natural Resources Practices, focusing on CEO and board work in the metals and mining, agricultural, and energy industries. Based in Toronto, Graham joins us from $30B agricultural producer Nutrien, where he was Executive Vice President and President of Sales. Previously, he was Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Vale. He began his career in process engineering at Hatch and spent three years with McKinsey & Co.

Mark Perkins
has joined the firm in the Industrial and Energy and Natural Resources Practices. Based in Calgary, Perkins focuses on recruiting senior and C-suite-level positions for a broad range of both public and private clients across the global energy space. In addition to his industrial and natural resources experience, he has worked on numerous assignments in the agribusiness, utilities and private equity industries.

About Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leadership advisory and search firm. Our 470+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. We exist to improve the way the world is led.

Vijaya Singh
Russell Reynolds Associates

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Russell Reynolds Associates Adds New Leadership and Expands Team in Canada