Russell Reynolds Strengthens Board Effectiveness Practice

November 17, 2015 – Russell Reynolds Associates has added Anthony Goodman in Boston as a member of its board effectiveness practice. “Our board effectiveness practice is expanding to help clients build stronger and more vigorous boards,” said Mark Adams, leader of the firm’s operations in the U.S.

“Anthony’s experience will add to the strength of the team and help us provide world-class services to meet our clients’ increased demand for C-suite advisory work and board director search assignments.”

Mr. Goodman was previously a partner at Tapestry Networks for more than 12 years. While at Tapestry, he created and led many corporate governance networks, including those for Fortune 500 lead directors and audit committee chairs. He was also co-chair of the Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) and is a board director at a non-profit called America SCORES New England which provides after-school programs in public schools in Boston. Before that, Mr. Goodman was CEO of Smythe Dorward Lambert, a consultancy specializing in leadership development, change management and employee communication. He currently serves as a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S. and the International Corporate Governance Network.

Russell Reynolds Associates’ board effectiveness practice provides consulting services to boards on improving areas such as board culture, director effectiveness and engagement, board and committee processes and structure, and aligning board composition to the corporate strategy.

The firm recently added Emily K. Rafferty as senior director in its non-profit and board effectiveness practices. The firm said the appointment was in response to board performance becoming a critical area of focus for non-profit organizations. At the beginning of the year, Reynolds hired Justus O’Brien to co-lead its integrated CEO and board advisory services group alongside industry veteran Charles A. Tribbett III. The team comprises former and sitting directors of public company boards, leadership and management consultants, as well as legal, governance, regulatory and communications experts.

With over 17 years of search and succession planning experience, Mr. O’Brien was most recently co-head of the CEO succession practice at Egon Zehnder where his efforts focused on board and succession work at Fortune 100 clients. But Reynolds also lost one of its top CEO and board director consultants, Ron Lumbra, last month to rival Heidrick & Struggles.

As previously reported by Hunt Scanlon Media, many firms have amped up their board recruiting services. Caldwell Partners recently added Jay Millen as a leader of the firm’s CEO & board practice. He joins the firm from DHR International, where he served as a vice chairman and head of the firm’s board and CEO practice group.

Allegis Partners recently launched a new board recruitment practice. Based in Chicago, Sara Hays co-leads the group as a managing director along with Paul Williams, who has been a partner with the firm’s sister company Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) for the past 10 years. The firm’s board search practice partners with boards to recruit director candidates that align with the company’s culture and strategic direction.

RSR Partners named E. Thames Fulton as a managing director in its board of directors practice. With more than 14 years of experience in board recruiting and governance consulting, he serves as a senior advisor to boards, chairmen, and chief executives of Fortune 500, small-cap, and family-owned enterprises. He formerly led Cook Associates’ board advisory services practice.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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