Cynthia Dow

Managing Director/Area/Country Manager

Cynthia Dow leads the firm’s Boston office, covering the New England region. She also heads the global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Officers Practice and is a senior member of the Consumer, Board & CEO and Diversity & Inclusion Practices. Cynthia focuses on General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and other board and corporate governance roles across a broad range of industries, including legal, consumer, industrial, technology, energy, sports and entertainment, healthcare and financial services. Her clients range from Fortune 500 organizations to global mid-cap and small-cap private organizations and portfolio companies of leading private equity firms.



Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Cynthia had a successful legal career as a corporate generalist, and labor and employment attorney. She practiced law for more than 15 years, as an attorney with Baker Botts LLP in Dallas, as the General Counsel to a technology company and as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel with Cadbury Schweppes. During her legal career, Cynthia led legal departments and advised across labor and employment, regulatory matters and corporate restructurings. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Law Clerk to Chief Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas.



Cynthia received her BA in government from Cornell University, with distinction, and her JD from the Columbia School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is a retired member of the New York and Texas State Bars, and previously led the Board of Directors at the Dallas Contemporary art museum.