Russell Reynolds Associates Names Canadian Operations Leader

February 25, 2020 – Executive recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates has named Pascal Bécotte to lead its operations in Canada, which is comprised of three closely integrated offices: Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. In addition, the firm has added four new consultants to its Canada team to expand its support of evolving client needs.

“We have been advising Canadian clients on talent and leadership issues for many years,” said Constantine Alexandrakis, leader of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Americas region. “As demand for our services continues to grow across industries in Canada and beyond, we are continuously building on our reputation as a leading advisor to boards, CEOs and the C-suite by further expanding and strengthening our team.”

Dr. Bécotte will now lead the firm’s Canadian operations and advise clients across the globe on their overall talent strategy, particularly with respect to leadership assessment, succession planning and the recruitment of directors, CEOs and other senior executives. A key member of the healthcare team, Dr. Bécotte focuses on the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology functions. Splitting his time between the Toronto and New York offices, he has more than 18 years of executive search experience and joined Russell Reynolds in 2018.

Jean-Philippe Daoust has joined the firm as a consultant in the technology, industrial, and energy and natural resources practices. Based in Montreal, Mr. Daoust comes from Deloitte, where he was a senior leader in the technology strategy and transformation practice, helping cross-sector clients design and deliver large and complex business and technology transformation initiatives.

Michelle Lalonde has rejoined the firm as a consultant in the consumer practice, where she specializes in recruiting commercial leaders within the consumer packaged goods industry. Previously, Ms. Lalonde spent five years with the firm in Toronto, where she most recently led knowledge efforts for the CEO and board advisory practice. Prior to rejoining the firm, she worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in its consumer industries and retail practice.

Kevin Graham has joined the firm as a consultant in the industrial and energy and natural resources practices, focusing on CEO and board work in the metals and mining, agricultural, and energy industries. Based in Toronto, Mr. Graham joins us from $30 billion agricultural producer Nutrien, where he was executive vice president and president of sales.

Mark Perkins has joined Russell Reynolds in the industrial, and energy and natural resources practices. Based in Calgary, Mr. Perkins focuses on recruiting senior and C-suite-level positions for a broad range of both public and private clients across the global energy space. In addition to his industrial and natural resources experience, he has worked on numerous assignments in the agribusiness, utilities and private equity industries. He previously gained search experience with Korn Ferry.

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leadership advisory and search firm. Its 425-plus consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and non-profit organizations across all industries and regions.

Growing Global Firm

In January, the firm added Zack Deming as a consultant in the firm’s industrial practice and Americas practice leader for transportation and logistics. Based in Atlanta, he works closely with transportation, logistics, airports and aviation-related companies, as well as private equity and infrastructure funds that invest in this space, to advise them on their executive search, succession, and development strategies and approaches. Mr. Deming previously spent over seven years at Korn Ferry, where he most recently held a senior client partner role in their civil aviation and transportation and logistics practices.

The firm closed the year by adding Immo Futterlieb as managing director in Munich and Moritz Trebeljahr as executive director in its Hamburg office. Dr. Trebeljahr, who holds a doctorate in history, previously worked for Egon Zehnder for more than 10 years, where he specialized in recruiting general counsels and chief compliance officers. He joined the corporate officers practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, focusing on legal and compliance, finance and HR roles. In addition, he will handle supervisory board and corporate governance issues.

In December, Russell Reynolds Associates also expanded with the addition of veteran HR executive Katherine Henry as a senior member of the firm’s global corporate officers sector, leading the human resources officers practice in Australia. She is based in Melbourne and advises clients on matters pertaining to organizational transformations, talent acquisition and development. Previously, Ms. Henry was with ASX-listed Bellamy’s Organic and UXC, where she held chief human resources officer roles.

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

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