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Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Jett Pihakis to the D.C. Office and Jennifer Rockwood to the Chicago Office
[April 23, 2013]

Russell Reynolds Associates Adds Jett Pihakis to the D.C. Office and Jennifer Rockwood to the Chicago Office

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates today announced the addition to the Washington, D.C., office of Jett Pihakis as Executive Director in the Nonprofit sector and Higher Education practice and Jennifer Rockwood as Associate in the Industrial and Natural Resources sector based in Chicago.

Jett Pihakis joins Russell Reynolds Associates in the Nonprofit sector and Higher Education practice and will focus his search efforts on high-impact leaders for educational institutions and significant nonprofit organizations. Prior to Russell Reynolds Associates, Jett served as Vice President for Programs at Management Leadership for Tomorrow-a nonprofit that addresses the under-representation of minorities in leadership positions within top-tier M.B.A. programs and Fortune 500 companies-managing their college, M.B.A., executive and alumni programs. Before Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Jett served as Associate Dean of the Full-Time M.B.A. Program at Georgetown University, where he led the vision and strategy to recast the institution's M.B.A. offering as a premier program.

Jett also held positions at the University of California, Berkeley as Director of Domestic Admissions for the Full-Time M.B.A. Program, at Golden Gate University as Director of Alumni Relations and at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in education administration and policy analysis with a focus in higher education from Stanford University.

"Searching for the right leaders in nonprofit and academic institutions has become a major priorty as the challenges and complexities associated with running these large-scale organizations continue to increase," said Kimberly Archer, the firm's Nonprofit Sector Leader. "Jett joins our practice with the critical experience and knowledge to serve the leadership needs of our clients."

Joining the Chicago office, Jennifer Rockwood will focus her search and assessment work on executives in the Industrial and Natural Resources sector. Jennifer was most recently with Capgemini (News - Alert), in Shanghai, serving as China Global Smart Energy Service Lead. There, she was responsible for helping city and utility clients develop strategic road maps for the implementation of smart technologies. While based in China, she also spent extensive time working with utility clients across Asia/Pacific on their smart grid strategic initiatives. In addition, she helped lead the company's efforts to develop its strategic footprint in the region's smart technologies space.

Before her work in China, Jennifer spent three years with Capgemini in the United States, partnering with utility clients to execute organizational realignment and to redesign activities driven by the introduction of advanced metering and smart grid technologies. Jennifer received her B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina and her M.Phil. in modern Chinese studies from the University of Cambridge.

"The industrial and natural resources industry faces the challenge of satisfying increasing global demand for energy and infrastructure while simultaneously doing the utmost to protect the environment," said Curt Ross, Leader of the firm's Industrial and Natural Resources sector. "With a background in utilities, green initiatives and international markets, Jennifer is uniquely equipped to bring our clients the valuable strategic insights they need to find the best talent."

About Russell Reynolds Associates

Leadership, Succession and Search. Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for chief executive officers, boards of directors and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 300 consultants in 41 offices around the world, we work closely with both public and private organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build boards and executive teams that can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. Follow us on Twitter (News - Alert): @RRAonLeadership.

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