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Archer says CEOs must embrace diversity, foster team

New head of Russell Reynolds’ D.C. office says executives need a range of voices on staff, should build an internal succession plan

July 10, 2015
By William Ehart

“Everyone should know one search consultant,” says Kimberly Archer, the new head of Russell Reynolds Associates’ Washington, D.C., office.

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“If you don’t, have someone introduce you to the one search consultant they know,” said Archer, the 10-year Russell Reynolds search veteran who replaced Denise Grant in June. Grant left the firm after her own decade-long tenure saying she wanted to consider new career opportunities.

Archer said executives constantly ask how to get on a recruiter’s radar. She advised patience and networking. Although the search firm works for organizations rather than job seekers, its search consultants still want to build relationships with potential candidates.