Russ Reynolds is the founder and chairman of RSR Partners. Considered one of the pioneers of today’s executive search profession, Russ has counseled the chairmen, presidents, and chief executive officers of many of the world’s leading companies.
In 1969, Russ founded Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., after serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command and then was a lending officer at J.P. Morgan & Co. Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc. soon became one of the world’s leading international executive search firms. He sold his interest in that firm in 1993 and formed Directorship Group with a focus on Corporate Governance and Board Advisory work. Over time, clients asked the firm to take on Board search assignments. Eventually this expanded to include executive search assignments and Directorship Group became RSR Partners.
Russ has been a speaker before such groups as the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, The Conference Board and the President’s Dinner in Washington, D.C. In April 1999, he was presented the Gardner W. Heidrick Award by the Association of Executive Search Consultants for outstanding contributions to the profession. He has been featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Closing Bell, the Today Show, The CBS Evening News and in a British Broadcasting Company documentary. Russ is also author of Heads (McGraw Hill, 2012, with Carol E. Curtis), which recounts his most valued experiences and advice in executive search.
He is a former Trustee of the Oppenheimer Mutual Funds, was a member of the Governance and Audit Committees, and is a Life Trustee of International House. Russ 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 and served on the Development Committee of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale.
Russ has maintained a lifelong interest and involvement in his native town of Greenwich. He has received the Greenwich Leadership Forum award for leadership. He is also a former Trustee of the Greenwich Hospital Association, Inc. and former Chairman of its successful $65 million Capital Campaign Committee; and an Advisory Board member of The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich. In 1990, he published a history of his family in Greenwich, entitled Loyal to the Land.
A Yale graduate and Class Secretary of the Yale Class of 1954, Russ has held many positions in Yale alumni affairs. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Greenwich and have three children and eleven grandchildren.