Beatrice Ballini

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Beatrice Ballini is a core member of the firm's Retail Practice and serves on the Nominating Committee. She co-leads the Family Business services and is a member of the Board and CEO Advisory Partners group. Binational, French and Italian, Beatrice was based out of the Paris office for 15 years. She is now based in Milan, where she conducts global assignments working with world-renowned clients, family businesses and private equity funds. Over the past 15 years, Beatrice has also worked on numerous CEO successions and board searches.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates more than 23 years ago, Beatrice was the CEO of a prominent men's clothing manufacturer in Milan and assisted with the company's strategic growth. Earlier, she spent four years with Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions. Beatrice began her career with Bain & Co., first in London as a Consultant and later in Boston as a Manager.

"Be honest, be courageous, remain agile and never give up."

Beatrice received her Laurea degree in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan and her MS in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then received her MMS in manag​​ement from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was awarded the Brooks Prize. Beatrice is fluent in Italian, French and English. She is also a member of the Italian Association of Engineers and was a teacher at Sciences Po, Master in Marketing, in Paris. In 2017, Beatrice joined the MIT Sloan European, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Executive Board and is a recent member of the MIT Sloan Leadership Center's Advisory Board. She also sits on the Board of Coty Inc. as an Independent Director, and she is the Chair of the Renumeration, Nominating and Governance Committee. Since July 2021, Beatrice sits on the Board of the VAM Investments SPAC, which has been publicly quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange on July 19th, 2021.
Beatrice holds a certification from the Italian Engineering Association.
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Board Director and Chair Search Board Effectiveness Board of Directors CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Consumer C-Suite Succession Private Capital

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