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Prominent recruiter leaves Russell Reynolds

Prominent recruiter leaves Russell Reynolds

(Crain’s) — High-profile executive recruiter Andrea Redmond has left Russell Reynolds Associates Inc., where during a 20-year career she steered Jamie Dimon to Bank One Corp., Glenn Tilton to United Airlines and numerous other powerful CEOs to prominent roosts in Corporate America.

“I’ve jumped off the side of a cliff, and we’ll see how I feel later,” Ms. Redmond, 50, says of her decision to quit. Her last day was Monday. She said she would take time off through the end of the year before deciding what to do next. “It was time for a break.”

A breast cancer survivor, she said her health was not a factor in the decision. “I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I wanted to enjoy the holidays without the phone ringing.”

She joined the Chicago office of Russell Reynolds in 1986 after five years in the human resources department of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. predecessor First National Bank. Later she became co-director of the CEO & Board practice at Russell Reynolds, teaming with Charles Tribbett.

“It’s a total shock to me,” said Jim Drury, who started his own recruiting firm five years ago after leaving industry giant Spencer Stuart as vice-chairman. “I can’t imagine she would go to work for a competitor, for the same reasons I did not go to work for a competitor. I thought she and Charles Tribbett were locked at the hip to take over the world.”

Mr. Tribbett did not return a call seeking comment.

Ms. Redmond’s recent assignments have included placing Mark Hurd in the CEO position at Hewlett-Packard Co. last year after the celebrated downfall of Carly Fiorina; Ms. Redmond was involving in recruiting former H-P Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who was ousted this fall after a boardroom spying scandal.

Among other pending assignments: a new CEO for Career Education Corp.

“Everything I had was close to being done or in very good shape,” she says. “I would not leave my clients high and dry.”

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