February 9, 2016 – RSR Partners, a corporate governance and executive search firm, has appointed Nick Risom as chief operating officer. In this capacity, he will operationalize the firm’s strategy, manage its global infrastructure, and oversee administrative functions.
Mr. Risom joins RSR Partners from Alliant Insurance Services, where he advised clients on mitigating corporate and personal risk and provided employee benefits solutions to multinational corporations, private companies, and family offices. He will be based in the firm’s Greenwich, Connecticut office.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Risom served as a vice president at both Marsh and Kroll. Prior to that, he created marketing and sales and strategies for new products and technologies and managed strategic partnerships for Duracell.
“Nick’s business track record and breadth of functional expertise will be tremendous assets to our company,” said Barrett Stephens, chief executive officer of RSR Partners. “His industry knowledge of financial services, healthcare, and hospitality, moreover, will be highly-additive for our core clients. I look forward to working side-by-side with him to strengthen our human, intellectual, and physical assets.”
“As corporate governance challenges abound, I am thrilled to join the RSR Partners team to help drive the firm’s boardroom and C-suite strategies,” said Mr. Risom. “And I look forward to not only working with my new colleagues to further our competitive advantage in the marketplace, but also enabling our industry and functional practices to better serve their clients.”
This appointment follows on the heels of RSR Partners recent expansion to Japan. Jim Whittle has been named head of the firm’s new location there. The firm said it sees the Japanese market as a new pan-Asian regional platform for growth. “Japan is a fertile market for recruiters targeting multinational companies that are looking for senior talent in Japan,” said Mr. Whittle. “Companies like Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toshiba and others also understand that their old boy network doesn’t cut it when looking for change agents to help them break outside of Japan.”
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media