Our Team

Trish O. Shortell

Managing Director

Role at RSR Partners

Based in New York City, Trish leads the firm’s Marketing Services Practice and is a member of the firm’s Financial Officers Practice. She has a multi-disciplined focus functionally in marketing, finance, digital, and analytics. From an industry perspective, Trish works across professional services (marketing, accounting, and legal), retail (both brick and click), apparel, financial services, technology, telecommunications, and healthcare, among others. Additionally, she serves as chair of the firm’s Marketing and Communications Committee, which is charged with synthesizing and activating a plan for communicating the firm’s capabilities.

Experience and Expertise

Previously, she 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 multi-national 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 also spent several years with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, where she worked with the Management Committee on strategic initiatives, including partner recruitment globally. She is a thought leader in the communications industry and is sought out for advice on business structures based on talent capabilities.

Outside RSR Partners

Trish has served as chairperson of the British American Business Inc. Human Resources Roundtable. She also helped to establish New York City’s CAPITAL Program, which introduces creative industries to New York’s inner-city, high potential youths. Trish and her husband Joe have been married for almost 20 years. They live in Riverdale, New York with their three teenage children and bichon Scooter. Outside interests include photography, cooking, and travel.

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