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Russell Reynolds Associates Announces The Launch of Board & CEO Advisory Group


April 19, 2017

​Offers customized long-term boardroom approach to enhance performance

NEW YORK, New York — Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm, today announced the launch of its Board & CEO Advisory Group, a new division within the firm. Comprising an expert and dedicated consulting team, the group positions the world’s leading corporations and nonprofits for sustained growth through bespoke and comprehensive leadership advisory services.

The Board & CEO Advisory Group brings together the expertise of six Russell Reynolds Associates board experts with significant experience and diverse perspectives. With backgrounds in legal/governance, digital transformation and talent delivery; and experience as public and private company board directors; human capital and management consultants; and organizational psychologists, they bring a unique and valuable perspective. The team's expertise helps to enhance an organization’s board performance by helping to proactively plan director and CEO succession, review board effectiveness, design and implement best-in-class corporate governance processes, and assess board culture and values. In a pioneering industry move, the new division also includes four external advisors, who provide a wealth of knowledge in corporate governance from the regulatory, investment and board director perspective across a broad spectrum of industries and global markets.

“Our clients today face unprecedented challenges in the marketplace. Never before has board performance been under such intense scrutiny by a range of stakeholders, including institutional investors, regulators and employees. This is coupled with significant transformation driven by volatility, complexity and speed in global markets,” said Clarke Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Russell Reynolds Associates. “Our new Board and CEO Advisory Group will help boards assure leadership talent, ensure an excellent focus on strategy and performance, and build a strong board culture to position CEOs and their companies for long-term success."

The Board & CEO Advisory Group offers a four-pronged proprietary approach, customized to specific client needs. The approach includes:

  • Board Performance: Improve overall board effectiveness through a customized assessment process, including enhancing governance processes and best practice benchmarking

  • Talent Delivery: Identify, assess and appoint successful leaders to drive business success

  • Diversity & Culture: Define and shape board culture to enhance diversity of perspectives and achieve optimal performance

  • Leadership Succession: Work with board chairs and CEOs on planning for succession and developing the best course of action

Russell Reynolds Associates Consultants in the Board & CEO Advisory Group

Justus O’Brien
Co-leader of the firm’s Board & CEO Advisory Group and Managing Director in the New York office. He has established long-term board advisory relationships with Fortune and FTSE 100 companies across all industry sectors.

Charles Tribbett, III
Co-leader of the firm’s Board & CEO Advisory Group and Managing Director in the Chicago office. He is a senior advisor to corporate boards and CEOs in the area of corporate governance, fiduciary responsibilities and diversity in the boardroom.

Constantine Alexandrakis
Leader of the firm’s U.S. business and the global Leadership & Succession Practice and a Managing Director in the Chicago office. He has advised a range of public and private companies across an array of industries on corporate governance, board effectiveness and leadership transformation.

Margot McShane
Former Co-lead of the global Consumer Digital Practice and a Managing Director in the San Francisco office. She leverages her extensive experience in digital transformation to advise boards of Fortune 500 companies, as well as venture capital and private equity-backed companies.

Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III
Global Head of the Board Consulting and Effectiveness Practice and a Managing Director in the New York office. He advises corporate boards and CEOs in the areas of corporate governance (U.S. and global), board succession planning and refreshment, board assessments and CEO succession planning.

Dean Stamoulis
Leader of the firm's Center for Leadership Insight and a Managing Director in the Atlanta office. He provides guidance to boards about CEO selection and succession, development of CEO candidates, and board and C-suite people-related dynamics.

External Advisors in the Board & CEO Advisory Group

Jackson “Jack” Tai
An accomplished executive with significant global experience, particularly in Asia. Jack sits on four public company boards and most recently was a member of the Russell Reynolds Associates’ Board. Jack’s previous executive roles include CEO and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of DBS Group Holdings.

Ronald “Ron” Williams
A veteran business leader, turnaround expert and advocate for value creation. Ron devotes his time and energy to helping future leaders with strategy, values-based leadership, public-private partnership and the continued transformation of the health care industry. He is a member of four public company boards and was the former Chairman and CEO of Aetna.

Michelle Edkins
Michelle is an expert and active participant in the public corporate governance debate. As Managing Director at BlackRock and Global Head of the Investment Stewardship team, she regularly speaks and writes on the importance of good stewardship for company performance.

Daniel Diermeier
Daniel is a globally recognized scholar, currently holding the post of Provost of the University of Chicago, whose teaching and research focuses on the interaction of business and politics and public perception, as well as crisis and reputation management. As the founder and Managing Partner of Diermeier Consulting, he offers strategic advice for clients across an array of governance, stakeholder management and leadership needs.


About Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, executive search and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 400 consultants in 47 offices around the world, we work closely 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, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment.

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Russell Reynolds Associates Announces The Launch of Board & CEO Advisory Group