Anne Lim O'Brien
Company Info: Russell Reynolds Associates
Web site: www.RussellReynolds.com
Address: 200 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10166-0002
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.