Clarke Murphy

Clarke Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the Board of Directors. Clarke has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Board of Director searches for Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, and MSCI, and CEO assignments for MasterCard, Genworth, ARAMARK, and Duke Energy, among others.

Leadership In A Pandemic

During historical moments of severe uncertainty, these are the tactics employed by the smartest companies to drive performance and development in a crisis.

4 Characteristics That Show What Kind of C-suite Leaders Millennials Will...

Millennials in the C-suite is becoming a reality, since the oldest millennials will turn 35 this year. As demographics shift profoundly, we need to step back and ask the broader question: What kind of C-suite leaders will millennials be?

Cultural Homogeneity Creates Risk for Boards

When organizations think about risk, perhaps the most worrisome are those that can’t be anticipated. Boards expend tremendous effort in eliminating or at least minimizing their blind spots; that search for better information and awareness can be all-consuming.

How Boards Should Respond to the New Reality of Shareholder Activism

Shareholder activism has been on the rise for several years and is now at record levels. In this environment, boards must engage with activists through positive dialogue that addresses legitimate concerns, rather than with a defensive reflex reaction. In addition, forward-thinking companies should also re-evaluate and refresh their boards.

CEO Succession: It’s a Process, Not a Plan

As the saying goes, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” In the case of succession, an unexpected CEO vacancy can throw even a healthy organization into disarray.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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In Poll, Majority of CEOs Say Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay for 2022. Full Virtual? Not so Much

Almost all the CEOs we surveyed in May say they will work in at least partially hybrid mode for the rest of the year—versus just 7 percent who said they'd be fully remote.