Dr. Russ Riendeau

Senior Partner & Chief Behavioral Scientist

Russ has completed over 5000+ searches spanning 100 different industries and over 150,000 professional interviews, since 1985. He is one of only .002% of executive search professionals in North America that is a behavioral psychologist.

His searches range from Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies and start-ups. He works in multiple market expertise and has a search process proven to work across industries, from CEOs to business development professionals.

Russ has been a Founder/Partner of three successful search practices. The East Wing Group, Russ founded in 2000, was sought out and acquired by top 4 search firm DHR/Jobplex, in 2014Russ left Jobplex to start New Frontier Search Company in 2018, deciding to go back to a boutique search practice.

He has delivered six TEDx Talks and over 100 presentations/keynotes. Russ is a talent acquisition expert who has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, CEO and CIO magazine, Training magazine, Sales & Marketing magazine, numerous books/ podcasts, Crain’s publications, Shaw Media Group, WGN News, SHRM, and Hunt Scanlon Media.

Russ has written over eleven books and over 200 articles he has authored/co-authored  have been publicly endorsed by  bestselling authors, recognized thought leaders, medical professionals and creative arts community in North America including: Dan Pink, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Neil Rackham, Harry Paul,  Martin Rutte, Stephen Lundin, Dr. Billy Cohn,  Brian Tracy, poet voice  Sekou Andrews and Marshall Goldsmith.

Russ has lectured at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, DePaul,  Kellogg School of Management, Millikin University, General Electric Corporate University and National Louis University.

Formal education: BA in applied behavioral sciences, MA in developmental psychology and PhD in psychology.

His earlier careers included nine years as a homebuilder and short-lived career in semipro hockey. He has passions and pursuits that parallel and energize Russ’ daily search activities include: seven albums of original music, artist, sculptor (public & private installations), craftsman, humorist/drawing, writing, running, aviation, motorcycling and amateur golf.

Russ and his wife, Cheryl, have two grown children and live in Lake Barrington, IL.

Best way to reach Russ? russriendeau@gmail.com or 847-363-9789.

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