RSR Partners Expands Asset Management Practice

July 12, 2018 – Greenwich, Conn.-based RSR Partners, a retained executive search and leadership consulting firm, has expanded its asset management practice with the addition of industry veteran Michael D. Fitzgerald. In his role as a managing director, Mr. Fitzgerald is charged with launching the firm’s presence in Boston, a strategically important expansion of RSR Partners’ geographical reach.

“Mike is an incredible addition to our financial services franchise,” said Graham Michener, head of the financial services practice. “We are excited by the unique value he will drive for our asset management clients, as his direct industry and search experiences and perspectives span more than 30 years. He adds impressive domain expertise in the areas of retail and institutional distribution, among other areas, which will greatly enhance our already best-in-class asset management practice.”

A Seasoned Professional

Mr. Fitzgerald said he is excited to join RSR Partners. “Their platform allows me to deliver a cross-industry service to clients,” he said. “The asset management industry is experiencing significant change and establishing a Boston foothold provides RSR Partners with the ability to connect its practice across key U.S. markets.”

Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald was a managing director and distribution practice leader at a search firm specializing in financial services. Before transitioning to executive search, Mr. Fitzgerald spent 30 years in asset management distribution, and led intermediary distribution at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He also held a variety of sales leadership roles at MFS Investment Management. Mr. Fitzgerald began his career with Federated Investors.

Recent Activity

In recent months, RSR Partners has continued to strengthen its services as well as make key placements for its clients.

Earlier, this year, the firm announced an alliance with OnPoint Consulting, an organizational and leadership development consulting firm, to deliver leadership assessment capabilities to their clients.

The partnership creates an integrated but independent platform, separating search and assessment to ensure clients are provided with objective and unbiased advice, said the search firm. In addition, OnPoint Consulting’s open architecture approach to leadership assessment offers a customized success profile tailored to the unique leadership needs of each organization. The result is a comprehensive, data-driven picture of those who could become an organization’s future leaders. The assessment offering will help candidate selection, facilitate onboarding and support talent development and succession planning, said the firms.

Recruiting a Racing Leader

This spring, RSR Partners placed Jonathan Marshall as executive director of the Race Team Alliance (RTA), an association of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Principal Dany B. Berghoff spearheaded the search. Mr. Marshall is former chief operating officer and general counsel of the World Surf League. He has also worked for USA Today’s Sports Media Group and Westwood One.

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Also this spring, the firm placed Christopher Liedel, a former head of a Smithsonian Institution division, as CEO of the new United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO.

“Chris Liedel is the perfect combination of experienced leader, entrepreneur and strategic thinker that we need to lead the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame forward,” said Dave Ogrean, chairman of the museum board. “He will take us through the construction of the museum and into the opening and operations. We thrilled that Chris has agreed to lead the team and we welcome him to the Colorado Springs community.”

The $75 million U.S. Olympic Museum is set to open in 2019, blocks from the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and a short drive from the Olympic Training Center. Museum officials expect the 60,000-square-foot showcase to eventually draw up to 350,000 a year, with more than half the visitors coming from outside the state, according to the Denver Post. This will be the first full-fledged Olympic museum in the U.S.

RSR Partners, founded by Russell S. Reynolds Jr., is an executive, board and leadership recruiting firm based in Greenwich, Conn, with offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Mr. Reynolds previously founded Russell Reynolds Associates in New York.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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