Russell S. Reynolds, Jr. is founder and chairman of RSR Partners, consultants in executive and board search. The firm works with leading and emerging companies to recruit corporate directors, CEOs, and other senior executives in a broad range of industries. RSR Partners maintains offices in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.
In 1969, Russell founded Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., which soon became one of the world’s leading international executive recruiting firms. He sold his interest in the firm in 1993. Prior to the establishment of his own firm, he served as a lending officer at J.P. Morgan & Co.
Considered one of the pioneers of today’s executive search profession, Russell has counseled the chairmen, presidents, and CEOs of a wide range of companies. He has been a speaker before such groups as the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, The Conference Board, and the President’s Dinner in Washington, DC. He has also been featured on the Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and in a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) documentary. In April 1999, Russell was presented the Gardner W. Heidrick Award by the Association of Executive Search Consultants for outstanding contributions to the profession.
He is a former trustee of the Oppenheimer Mutual Funds, and was a member of the Governance and Audit Committees, and is a life trustee of International House. He is a trustee of The Mary Rose Trust in London and president of the American Friends of the Mary Rose, a fundraising organization involved in the raising of the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII which sank in 1545. Russell is a trustee of Christ Church of Dark Harbor in Islesboro, Maine. He is a former trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum. He served on the board of the Foreign Policy Association. He also served as chairman of the George H. W. Bush for President Finance Committee in Connecticut and of the Connecticut Republican Finance Committee. He is a former director of the Manhattan Christian Academy in New York City. He served on the Development Committee of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale.
Russell has maintained a lifelong interest and involvement in his native town of Greenwich. He is a former trustee of the Greenwich Hospital Association, Inc. and former chairman of its successful $65 million Capital Campaign Committee; an Advisory Board member of The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich; and a former vestryman of Christ Episcopal Church and St. Barnabas Church. In 1990, he published a history of his family in Greenwich, entitled Loyal to the Land. In June 2012, his book Heads, about his experiences in executive search, was released by McGraw-Hill.
A Yale graduate, Russell has held many positions in Yale alumni affairs. He is currently secretary of his class. He was a first lieutenant and navigator-bombardier in the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. He and his wife Debbie reside in Greenwich and have three children and eleven grandchildren. He is a semi-retired cruising/racing sailor and enjoys skiing, racquet sports, and good music.