Margot McShane

Margot McShane specializes in advising clients on CEO and board succession planning and search engagements, as well as digital commerce and marketing searches. 


Based in San Francisco, Margot McShane co-leads Russell Reynolds Associates’ Board & CEO Advisory Partners in the Americas.  She is a senior advisor to corporate boards on a range of critical leadership issues, including CEO succession planning and recruitment, board succession planning and refreshment, IPO preparedness and board diversity. An expert in senior executive talent, Margot has extensive experience working at the intersection of consumer, retail, technology, and digital transformation, as well as helping clients at every stage of the growth continuum to advance their strategic vision through talent. Based in San Francisco, Margot previously co-led the firm’s Global Consumer Digital & Media Practice. Her clients range from global Fortune 500 to private equity and venture-capital-backed companies.

A passionate advocate for board diversity, Margot also co-leads the firm’s Women on Boards Initiative and is a member of RRA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Margot was a director in global brand management for Gap, Inc. Before that role, she held Director of Marketing positions at Odwalla, a fresh juice company acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, and at Wetfeet. Earlier, Margot spent several years working for advertising agencies, where she primarily served packaged goods clients, including Procter & Gamble and The Clorox Company.

Margot received her AB in political science and history from Brown University.
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