Paul Ballman leads EMEA leadership wing of Russell Reynolds

29 July 2020 2 min. read
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Global leadership advisory and search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has announced that Paul Ballman has joined the firm from OpenBook Insights. Ballman will lead the consultancy’s leadership and succession practice in the Europe, Middle East and Asia Region.

Matthias Oberholzer, who leads the firm’s EMEA region, commented, “Paul has an impressive background and his knowledge and hands-on experience will be a great asset to our clients. The demands placed on leaders are ever changing, and companies should be continually assessing how well positioned they are to meet future challenges. Paul joining the firm means we are even better equipped to work with organizations on their succession plans.” 

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global HR consultancy, with almost 500 consultants in 46 offices around the world. The firm works with public, private and nonprofit organisations across all industries and regions, helping clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends.

Russell Reynolds names Paul Ballman head of EMEA leadership wing

In his new role as Managing Director for EMEA Regional Leader of Leadership and Succession, Ballman will work with clients to deliver assessments and solutions to complex challenges faced by leadership teams across the globe. Based in London, he joins Russell Reynolds Associates with more than 20 years of leadership, training and succession planning experience across a range of industries and regions. 

Most recently, Ballman spent three years with OpenBook Insights, a global business insights consultancy which he founded. Prior to this, he spent time with the Cabinet Office of the UK Government and as Head of Leadership Development for Vodafone UK, having previously spent nearly two decades in leadership roles for a global leadership advisory firm. He holds a degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Speaking on the new arrival, Anthony Abbatiello, Global Head of Leadership and Succession Consulting for Russell Reynolds Associates, said, “We are delighted to welcome Paul to our leadership team. His track record, both within organizations and as a senior external advisor, clearly demonstrates his insight and ability to counsel clients on leadership issues across business functions. We are market leaders in this area, and as an experienced business psychologist, Paul is the perfect candidate to take on the directorship of this region. We are looking forward to Paul growing and developing this team in his new role.”