Our Team

Russell S. Reynolds, Jr.


My Role at RSR Partners

I am the founder and chairman of RSR Partners.

In 1969, I founded Russell Reynolds Associates, which soon became one of the world’s leading international executive recruiting firms. I sold my interest in the firm in 1993. Prior to the establishment of Russell Reynolds Associates, I was a lending officer at J.P. Morgan & Co.

Expertise I Bring to the Firm’s Clients

I have counseled the chairmen, presidents, and CEOs of a wide range of companies. I have been a speaker before such groups as the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, The Conference Board, and the President’s Dinner in Washington, DC. I have also been featured on the Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and in a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) documentary. In April 1999, I received the Gardner W. Heidrick Award by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) for outstanding contributions to the profession.

I am a former trustee of the Oppenheimer Mutual Funds, where I served as a member of the Governance and Audit Committees, and I am a life trustee of International House. I am a trustee of The Mary Rose Trust in London, a fundraising organization involved in the raising of the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII which sank in 1545. I am a trustee of Christ Church of Dark Harbor in Islesboro, Maine and a former trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum. I served as chairman of the George H. W. Bush for President Finance Committee in Connecticut and of the Connecticut Republican Finance Committee. I have served on the board of the Foreign Policy Association and on the Development Committee of the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale. I am a former director of the Manhattan Christian Academy in New York City.

How I Deliver Impact

After 50 years in the executive search business, I enjoy hiring and mentoring staff members, from analysts to managing directors, who are the next generation of executive search. I seek to grow the firm by thinking strategically and globally, and I enjoy meeting with current and prospective clients.

Life Outside RSR Partners

I have maintained a lifelong interest and involvement in my native town of Greenwich. I am a former trustee of the Greenwich Hospital Association 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, I published a history of my family in Greenwich, entitled Loyal to the Land. In June 2012, my book Heads, about my experiences in executive search, was published by McGraw-Hill.

A Yale graduate, I have held many positions in Yale alumni affairs. I am currently secretary of my class. I was a first lieutenant and navigator-bombardier in the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. My wife Debbie and I reside in Greenwich and have three children and eleven grandchildren. I am a semi-retired cruising/racing sailor and enjoy skiing, racquet sports, and good music.

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