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Meet our executive team with bios of board members and of our CEO Clarke Murphy.

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Clarke Murphy

 

Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the Board of Directors.  Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was the Global Leader of the firm’s CEO/Board Services practice.  While at Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Board of Director searches for UnitedHealth Group and MSCI. He has also conducted CEO assignments for MasterCard, ARAMARK and Duke Energy, among others.  In addition, he has led notable searches in the private equity industry including searches for the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus.

Previous Experience

Clarke has over 25 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1988. Now based in New York, he has also worked in the firm’s Frankfurt and London offices. He has previously served as Global Head of the Private Equity Practice and the firm’s Board of CEO Practice. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke was a commercial banking officer in the Corporate Banking Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase) in New York.

Additional Professional Activities

Clarke is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the New York City Ballet and the Carnegie Endowment. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School and is a former Trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

Education

Clarke received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia.

Board of Directors

Kevin K. Carton

Kevin Carton is a retired senior practice partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (New York). His most recent leadership responsibility was to run the firm’s Global Entertainment & Media practice where he chaired its business development and thought leadership worldwide.

Previous Experience

Kevin spent 38 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 27 years as a partner and retired in 2004.  In addition to serving as lead engagement partner on the audits of many of the world’s largest companies, he has done large, varied mergers and acquisitions (up to $30 billion), post-merger integrations, formation of corporate governance and risk management policies and systems.

Additional Professional Activities

Since retirement from PwC, he has served on the Boards of several companies – public and private – both in the U.K. and the U.S. He has chaired the Audit Committees for three companies (EMI Group in London, Russell Reynolds Associates in New York and Unio Holdings in New York), and is the Lead Director of Unio Holdings. He has had key roles in matters such as CEO succession, Board composition and transformation, strategy formulation and enterprise-wide risk management. His non-profit work has included being on the Board of Good Shepard Services in New York and The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management in Washington, D.C.

Education

Kevin received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Eric Daniels

Eric Daniels retired as Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group in 2011.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Lloyds in 2001, Eric spent 25 years with Citigroup, first in corporate banking in Panama City and then in a range of management positions in Argentina, Chile, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Additional Professional Activities

Eric now holds a number of other positions, including serving as a Principal and Senior Advisor to StormHarbour, a Senior Advisor to CVC Capital Partners, a non-executive director of Funding Circle, a member of the EMEA Advisory Committee of Workday a Board Member of the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust. He is also an advisor or board member for several innovative technology companies.

Education

Eric received a M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and also holds a B.A. in History from Cornell University, which he gained in 1973.

David R. Goode

David Goode is a retired Chairman and Director of Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Previous Experience

In 1982, David’s career began at Norfolk Southern Corporation, where he served as Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director for 13 years until retirement. From 1965-1982, David worked for the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Additional Professional Activities

David has served on the Boards of Directors of Caterpillar, Inc., Delta Airlines, Inc., Texas Instruments and Georgia Pacific. He is a Trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and of the First Tee. He is a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives, the Council of Chief Executives and the American and Virginia Bar Association.

Education

David received his A.B. in accounting from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He holds honorary degrees from Roanoke College and Old Dominion University.

Landon Hilliard

Landon Hilliard is a Limited Partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He was formerly a general partner and member of the firm’s Steering Committee.

Previous Experience

Landon is a former member of the Boards of Owens Corning and Norfolk Southern where he was lead director of both. He also served on the Board of Western World Insurance Company.

Additional Professional Activities

Landon is a Trustee (Emeritus) of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia and was formerly Chairman. Additionally, he is Chairman of the NFTE Endowment Fund, Inc.  and formerly Chairman of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Board of the Virginia Historical Society.

Education

Landon received his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia.

Nancy McKinstry

Nancy is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board for Wolters Kluwer.

Previous Experience

Before assuming her present position in 2003, Nancy gained more than a decade of experience at Wolters Kluwer and its operating companies in North America. Most recently, she was an Executive Board member of the company and previously served as CEO of Wolters Kluwer’s operations in North America.  She was also President and CEO of CCH Legal Information Services, now a part of the Wolters Kluwer’s Legal & Regulatory division. Earlier, Nancy held product management positions with CCH INCORPORATED, now part of Wolters Kluwer’s Tax & Accounting division.

Early in her career, she was CEO of SCP Communications and held management positions with Booz & Company (formerly, Booz Allen Hamilton), where she focused on assignments in the media and technology industries.

Additional Professional Activities

Nancy is a member of the Board of Directors of Abbot, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc, and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. In August 2011, she was appointed by the Chinese State Council Information Office as a member of the Foreign Consultant Committee.

Education

Nancy earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University, New York, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In May 2005, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Rhode Island in recognition of her contributions to business.

Clarke Murphy

Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the Board of Directors.  Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was the Global Leader of the firm’s CEO/Board Services practice. While at Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Board of Director searches for Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, MSCI, and Calpine Corporation. He has also conducted CEO assignments for MasterCard, Harley Davidson, Old Mutual US, Walgreens, and The Hartford, among others. In addition, he has led notable searches in the private equity industry including searches for the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus.

Previous Experience

Clarke has over 20 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1988. Now based in New York, he also spent time in the firm’s Frankfurt office and later in London, where he served as Deputy Country Manager. He has also acted as Head of the Americas. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, he was a commercial banking officer in the Corporate Banking Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York.

Additional Professional Activities

Clarke is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Ballet and a former Trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

Education

Clarke received his B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Patten of Barnes, CH

Christopher Francis Patten was born in 1944, educated in London and at Balliol College, Oxford where he read modern history. After a scholarship in America, he worked in the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Research Department where he became the Director under Margaret Thatcher.

Previous Experience

He became MP for Bath in 1979 and held several Ministerial posts, becoming Secretary of State for the Environment in 1989 and Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1990.

Lord Patten was Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, overseeing the return of The Territory to China. He was Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement from 1998 to 1999.

Lord Patten was appointed European Commissioner for External Relations in 1999 and held this post until November 2004. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1998 and became a member of the House of Lords in 2005. He became a Commandeur of the Legion d’Honneur in 2016.

Additional Professional Experience

Lord Patten was Chairman of the BBC Trust, the strategic authority for the broadcaster, from 2011 to 2014.

He helped to co-ordinate the visit of Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom in 2010 and became Chairman of the Vatican Media Advisory Committee for Pope Francis in 2014.

Education

He holds a number of Honorary Degrees, was Chancellor of Newcastle University from 1999 until 2008, and was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003. He chaired the International Crisis Group from 2004 to 2011 and became Co-Chair of UK-India Round Table in 2006.

Publications

Lord Patten has written a number of books – The Tory Case (1982), East and West (1998), Not Quite The Diplomat (2005) and What Next?: Surviving the 21st Century (2008).

Lord Patten married Lavender Thornton, a lawyer, in 1971. They have three daughters, Kate, Laura and Alice and eight grand-children.

Rae Sedel

Rae Sedel has been a member of Russell Reynolds Associates' Board of Directors since 2005. Previously, she served on the firm's Executive Committee for 13 years and led all of its industry verticals. Rae specializes in board advisory services with a strong international dimension. Her work spans consumer digital, media, entertainment, telecommunications and technology. She conducts Board of Director searches with a particular focus on adding digital expertise and CEO searches which typically target business transformation leaders. She also advises on board effectiveness, board and CEO succession, and executive performance and development. Her clients range from large-cap global telecommunications and technology corporations to private equity owners of pre-IPO e-commerce companies. Rae is based in London.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 1987, Rae was with Pacific Telesis as Vice President, Consumer Markets. In that role, she was responsible for a staff of 13,000 and handled more than one billion customer transactions annually through call centers and retail outlets.

Education

Rae received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Beshel Robinson

Liz Beshel Robinson has a long history of high-level business and finance expertise, and was Goldman Sachs’ youngest Global Treasurer, a position she held from 2005 to 2015.

Previous Experience

Liz spent 26 years with Goldman Sachs. She joined the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division in 1990 and transferred to the Corporate Treasury Department in 1993. She became Global Treasurer in 2005 and was named partner in 2006. While at Goldman, she was co-chair of both the Finance Committee and the firm-wide Capital Committee and was a member of the Partnership Committee, the firm-wide Risk Committee, the Principal Investments Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. She retired from the bank in 2016 to dedicate herself to board work.

Additional Professional Activities

Liz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of New York Mellon and a member of the Board of Advisors of Doctors Without Borders. She is also a trustee of Williams College and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

​Education

Liz graduated from Williams College in 1990 and earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Executive MBA Program in 1998.

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