Executive transitions are difficult, with failure rates estimated at 40 percent and a new leader often requiring six months or longer to reach breakeven productivity levels. In today’s environment, executive transitions have grown even more challenging. What can be done to de-risk transitions and enable executives to hit the ground running?
To combat failure, defensive tactics are essential, but the top firms also think strategically about opportunities to go on the offensive. With the pandemic amplifying the risk of a rocky start, executive transitions are no longer afterthoughts. The top-performing firms are ensuring that clear transition plans are in place and proactively building bench strength.
To illustrate further, search and leadership advisory experts will share and discuss practical applications of executive transition planning and processes in this informative webinar brought to you by Hunt Scanlon Media.
Managing Director, Private Equity Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates
Jeff Warren leads the global alternatives practice at Russell Reynolds Associates and is the area manager for the firm’s Los Angeles office. He conducts leadership and succession engagements across the C-suite, including the investment and financial officer functions, working with public companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He is a member of the firm’s CEO/board services practice and has also led engagements for a variety of financial services firms including private equity, investment management, banking, consumer finance and real estate clients. Jeff advises clients within private equity and alternatives, working across the investment firm and portfolio company levels. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1999, Jeff was director of business development for KSL Fairways, a wholly owned subsidiary of KSL Recreation Corporation and a private equity affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Russell Reynolds Associates
Sean Dineen is a senior member of the firm’s leadership & succession practice. With more than a decade of global strategy and leadership experience, he brings deep insight to his advisory work. Based in Boston, Sean partners with leading organizations across sectors and geographies to increase the potential and performance of their executive teams. He also has a particular focus on client work in the private equity space. Sean joined Russell Reynolds Associates from a globally recognized leadership advisory firm, where he was a leadership strategy consultant working on CEO and board advisory, leadership transformation, executive/team transitions and development, and organization alignment. He was also a member of the firm’s Americas leadership team and previously led their Hong Kong operations. Earlier in his career, Sean worked as a Principal Consultant in China for another management consulting firm, where he delivered custom talent management solutions for clients and led business development for the region.
Richard Thackray is part of the operating directors and entrepreneurial governance business unit at Partners Group, based in Zug, Switzerland. He has 30 years of industry experience, having founded, led, invested in, chaired and served as a board member to a variety of privately held companies. Richard’s prior experience includes leading Heidrick & Struggles’ private capital practice in Europe and Africa, and working at Deutsche Bank and The Boston Consulting Group.
Chief Talent Officer
Littlejohn & Co
Courtney Hagen works across the portfolio companies of Littlejohn & Co., partnering with the firm’s investment and management teams to acquire, coach and develop high-performing talent. Previously, as SVP of human resources for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., Courtney worked across LVMH’s portfolio of 70+ luxury brands to create and execute strategic HR programs to support talent needs for LVMH in North America. Prior to this, Courtney led global executive talent acquisition for PepsiCo across sectors, functions and geographies. Courtney joined PepsiCo from a career in executive search and management consulting, most recently with Russell Reynolds Associates, where she led searches for marketing, sales and HR executives. Earlier, Courtney led business development and marketing strategy for cobranded card partnerships at American Express. She started her career with management consulting firm Bridge Strategy Group/Renaissance Worldwide.