Companies & Industries

Mary C. Tydings


Sector leader, Russell Reynolds Associates

Company Info: Russell Reynolds Associates

Web site: www.RussellReynolds.com

Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Phone: 202-654-7822

E-mail: mtydings@russellreynolds.com

Advice: Lead by example. Listen carefully. Communicate clearly and often. Keep a clear eye on the mission and don’t be distracted by unfair criticism. Set clear goals for yourself.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Engaging communicator; someone who is energetic, dynamic, and self-aware. They should have a sense of humor, the ability to listen, and be a voracious learner.

Sector specialization: Major foundations; NGOs with focus on global health and conservation; large human service organizations

Job function specialization: CEOs

Geographical Focus: Global

Companies I often recruit for: N/A

Favorite historical figure: John F. Kennedy. I met him when I was a child. He was a close friend of my father. I admired his ability to inspire people in this country and around the globe and speak with clarity and wit.

Education: Bowdoin College, BA, 1978

Languages: English, French

Employment history: Russell Reynolds Associates, Not-for-Profit Sector Leader, 1984-87 and 1991 to present; Mutual Broadcasting System, Larry King Show, 1981-84; Clinton Transition and White House Personnel, 1993-94

Other interests: Hiking, tennis, golf

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Board, National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy

Experience in executive search consulting: 21 years

High Profile Placement: N/A

Other paths I might have pursued: Veterinarian

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: In an increasingly interdependent world, major not-for-profits are dedicating their intellectual capital and resources to solve global problems.


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