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Trish O. Shortell

Managing Director

Trish Shortell is a senior member of the firm’s Chief Marketing Officers and Chief Financial Officers Practices. Prior to RSR Partners, she was a partner in the New York office of a leading search firm. Her search expertise spans the marketing services spectrum from agencies to corporations.

Trish brings unique experiences, having sat on both the client and search firm side of executive hiring. Her depth of knowledge and partnering style make her a go-to person for agencies and corporations when considering how to build teams. Trish’s reputation as an advisor, advocate, and friend to the best and brightest people within the marketing services industry enables her to fully understand her clients’ business priorities and offer insightful evaluations of executive talent. Her commitment to executive search and competitive intelligence insights make her one of the most informed talent partners in this space.

Previously, Trish served as senior vice president, executive recruiting and talent management at WPP, a global marketing and communications company with some 170,000 employees across more than 350 companies in more than 100 countries. Trish brings executive recruiting experience from her tenure at Heidrick & Struggles, where she  executed searches for clients that ranged from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational corporations. Additionally, she served as a faculty member for training and development programs, and she initiated a firm-wide process for enhancing diversity efforts across all practices.

Trish spent several years with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, where she worked with the Management Committee on strategic initiatives, including partner recruitment globally. She currently serves as a faculty member of the Brand Publishing Institute. She has served as the chairperson of the British American Business Inc. Human Resources Roundtable. Trish also helped to establish New York City’s CAPITAL Program, which introduces creative industries to New York’s inner-city, high potential youths. Trish lives in New York with her husband Joe and three children.

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