Press Release

Russell Reynolds Associates Hires Keiko Shimada


March 2, 2021

Russell Reynolds Associates​, a leading global leadership advisory and search firm, today announced that Keiko Shimada has joined the firm as a member of the firm’s Leadership & Succession Practice. Shimada joins Russell Reynolds Associates with more than 15 years of management consulting experience. Based in Tokyo, Shimada draws upon abundant pre- and post-deal M&A consulting experience with corporate and private equity clients across industries, consulting with clients on leadership development.

Anthony Abbatiello, Global Head of Leadership & Succession Consulting for Russell Reynolds Associates, said, “Keiko is a significant addition to the Russell Reynolds Associates team in Tokyo and brings a vast array of executive succession and development experience, which will be of great value to our clients.”

“We are thrilled to add such a highly qualified expert to o​ur team and to offer her expertise to our clients,” said Peter L. O’Brien, leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Asia Pacific Region. “Keiko will partner with senior executives and boards to develop and execute talent strategies to help them navigate market uncertainties and realize growth.”

Shimada joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Mercer Japan Ltd., where she oversaw the firm as a Partner; Representative Director; and Interim CEO, COO and Board Director. She started as an Associate at Mercer Japan, moving up to Consultant, Principal, Head of Global M&A Consulting and head of the multinational client group. Shimada began her career as a Human Resources Specialist at a Japanese manufacturing company, where she focused on talent acquisition, management and development.

Shimada earned a BA in political science with a focus on international development economics from the Aoyama Gakuin University School of International Political Science, Economics and Communication and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is an Adjunct Professor at Waseda University Business School and recently co-authored HR Due Diligence, third edition. Shimada is also an Advisory Board Member at the Japanese outlet of Grameen Bank, Grameen Nippon.

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.​​

Joann Chin
Russell Reynolds Associates
+65 6496 0614

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Russell Reynolds Associates Hires Keiko Shimada