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Anne Lim O'Brien

Managing director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Company Info: Russell Reynolds Associates

Web site:

Address: 200 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10166-0002

Phone: 212-351-2530


Advice: Stay focused yet balanced in your life and outlook. Take the long-range view. Be true to yourself, to what your passion is—do what you love. People are key to your success. Be willing to take risks. You learn more from your mistakes than your successes but reflect and learn from both.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Track record of accomplishments, ideally multidimensional experiences; balance. Strong blend of EQ and IQ, with strong people and communication skills. Intensity. Integrity. Courage of conviction. Decisiveness, energy, and drive.

Sector specialization: Consumer sector, private equity, corporate governance

Job function specialization: C-suite, boards members, general management (particularly for next-generation CEOs)

Geographical Focus: Global

Companies I often recruit for: Confidential

Favorite historical figure: N/A

Education: New York Univ., BS, Accounting

Languages: English, Chinese, Malay

Employment history: Russell Reynolds Associates, 2007 to present; Heidrick & Struggles International, 1987-2007; Price Waterhouse Singapore, 1984-87

Other interests: Family; reading: biographies, leadership, and inspirational works; travel; cooking; collecting hearts

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Women’s Leadership Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ.

Experience in executive search consulting: 20 years

High Profile Placement: Confidential

Other paths I might have pursued: A spiritual leader

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The free flow of human and intellectual human capital enabled by Internet technology that provides speed and access to talent where you want it, when you want it. New media/social networking trends feed this flow.

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