Press Release

Russell Reynolds Associates Strengthens Houston Office with Two New Hires


January 6, 2016

​HOUSTON - Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading executive search firm, today announced that Brian Bayne and Stuart Vardaman have joined the firm’s Houston office as part of the Energy and Natural Resources Practice. The new additions to the team will bolster Russell Reynolds Associates’ presence in the Houston area.

“With Houston as a global energy center, it is more important than ever to have top talent in our Houston office. These new additions to our Energy and Natural Resources Practice demonstrate our commitment in the region,” said Mark Adams, leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ operations in the United States.

“Both Brian and Stuart have impressive track records in the energy industry and have demonstrated great success in their careers thus far,” added Steve Newton, who leads operations in the firm’s Houston office. “We are thrilled to welcome them to Russell Reynolds Associates and look forward to bringing added value to our clients.”

Brian Bayne, Energy and Natural Resources

In addition to serving in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice, Brian Bayne will also serve as a member of the Corporate Officers Practice. With more than 17 years of experience in business and corporate development, Brian is well suited to advise clients in the space.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as General Manager and Global Energy Practice Lead for Axiom Law, a global legal services company. There, his responsibilities included general management, client development and attorney recruiting. Before that, he spent more than a decade at IBM as their North America Director of Petroleum, Chemicals & Industrial Products for the Global Business Services Division.

Brian holds a B.S. in Biology from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from University of Dallas.

Stuart Vardaman, Energy and Natural Resources

Stuart Vardaman spent the past three years in executive recruitment for the energy sector, building extensive knowledge of the industry and recruiting executives for oil and gas companies.

Prior to that, he spent four years with Gallup, a private global consulting firm where he worked with clients across several industries, including oil and gas, retail and financial services. In his role as Senior Consultant, Stuart worked to understand client business issues and deliver solutions to increase productivity and profitability.

Stuart earned a B.A. in English from Texas Christian University and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

About Russell Reynolds Associates

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 370 consultants in 46 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.

Russell Reynolds Associates
Vijaya Singh, 212-351-1987

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the newsletter that prepares you for what's next with valuable insights across industries and geographies.
Russell Reynolds Associates Strengthens Houston Office with Two New Hires