Managing director, Russell Reynolds Associates
Company Info: Russell Reynolds Associates
Web site: www.RussellReynolds.com
Address: 200 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10166
Advice: Build a great team, be a leader, and make other people around you successful. The greatest successes come from individuals' ability to attract talent better than themselves, and create a defined culture that drives success.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: The key traits include the ability to envision a strategy, implement the tactics, and importantly, deliver results. Along the way, the leader must exhibit an ability to create cohesive teamwork to foster a group dynamic that results in success.
Sector specialization: Consumer, financial services, health care, industrial/natural resources, technology
Job function specialization: Human Resources (including leadership for the various disciplines, i.e. talent, organizational development, compensation & benefits, etc.); Board of Directors
Geographical Focus: Global
Companies I often recruit for: Given that my primary practice is the recruitment of HR officers, I will often be asked to recruit the top HR officer or, selectively, members of their team. As a result, my target companies vary from year to year.
Favorite historical figure: Benjamin Franklin: scientist, inventor, statesman, economist, and author
Education: Fordham Univ., B.A., 1976; Fairfield Univ., post-graduate work
Employment history: Russell Reynolds Associates, 1984-1996, 1997-present, Managing Director since 1992, previously Director of Human Resources; MasterCard (now MasterCard Worldwide), 1996 to 1997, Senior VP, Human Resources; Alexander & Alexander Services, Inc. (now Aon Corporation) 1979 to 1984, Benefits Consultant; State Mutual Life Assurance 1976 to 1979, Sales Representative.
Other interests: My children's athletic activities; racing, sports cars
Professional/Membership Affiliations: Society of Human Resources Management, The Human Resource Planning Society, New York City Board of Education, HR Panel
Experience in executive search consulting: 22 years
High Profile Placement: N/A
Other paths I might have pursued: CIA agent
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Velocity. In the time I've been in the professional work environment, the one factor that has most significantly changed is the velocity/pace of the business world. Technology and communications continue to accelerate, creating global connectivity. Executives need to similarly accelerate their pace and cadence to a level that stays a step ahead of the business environment.