September 8, 2021 – Greenwich, Conn.-based RSR Partners recently added Eric Douglas Keene to the firm’s board and CEO services practice as a managing director in Chicago. “Eric is a terrific addition to our board and CEO services practice,” said Brett Stephens, CEO of RSR Partners. “He has successfully operated at the intersection of the boardroom and C-suite and has the experience and capabilities for building high performing and diverse teams.”
Mr. Keene brings more than 25 years of experience recruiting a range of board directors, C-suite level executives, and commercial leaders for clients throughout the U.S. He leads engagements across a variety of industries, including consumer products and goods, industrial technology, financial services, private equity, and healthcare and life sciences. He is also a seasoned functional expert recruiter in the areas of strategy, human resources, marketing and sales, finance, operations, and information technology. He is the founder and president of Keene Advisory Group. He previously served as a firm-wide leader on diversity and inclusion and was a member of the consumer and corporate officers practices at Russell Reynolds Associates. Prior to Russell Reynolds, Mr. Keene worked for McKinsey & Company, serving international clientele on issues of operations, organization, sales and strategy. He received his MBA as the Weatherhead Alumni Scholar from Case Western Reserve University and earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
“I am drawn to RSR’s legacy and 30-year track record helping board and C-suite executives with their most important leadership needs,” said Mr. Keene. “I look forward to offering my distinctive lens, both internally and externally, and to providing clients access to an enhanced network and an additional set of expertise and capabilities.”
RSR Partners launched its board and CEO services practice last year. It was created to partner with CEOs and boards to understand issues, assess opportunities and strategically advise to ensure that sustainable growth strategies are optimized, according to the search firm. “Boards and CEOs today face complex challenges at an accelerating pace driven by the rapid evolution of digitization and globalization,” RSR Partners said. “There is also increasing pressure coming from regulators and shareholder activists. To meet the demands of the future and achieve success, it is critical that corporations focus on continuous improvement and innovation.”
“We are committed to executing an action plan that addresses sensitive and complex leadership needs and ensures clients are well positioned for the future,” said Mr. Stephens. “RSR offers trusted advisement rooted in years of experience and market knowledge. We excel at optimizing board and CEO effectiveness through transformative thinking about structure and operations. This helps us to engage closely with clients in order to drive greater accountability and enhanced performance.”
The range of services RSR Partners provides to boards and CEOs include: CEO succession planning, CEO search and selection, managing CEO transitions, director recruiting, director succession planning, board evaluations and effectiveness, C-suite search and talent pipeline development, building high performing teams, leadership assessment and succession planning, discreet and thorough candidate due diligence, CEO advisory support and helping CEOs select an outside board.
RSR Partners, founded by Russell S. Reynolds Jr. in 1993, offers any number of vertical specializations, including consumer goods and services, hospitality, industrial, financial services, retail, board, CEOs, CFOs, CHROs, chief information officers, chief marketing officers, sport leadership, risk, board recruiting, board advisory, management consulting, technology, innovation, leadership, assessment, asset management, family office, fintech, investment technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency, leadership assessment, executive search, talent, talent advisory, healthcare, life sciences, human capital and corporate affairs.
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