Clarke Murphy

Clarke leads milestone board searches and CEO succession plans for Fortune 100 companies and helps develop strong, sustainable leadership teams.

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Clarke Murphy leverages 30 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry to advise on critical leadership mandates across sectors – including Fortune 100 board searches and CEO successions. Based in New York, he has provided leadership advisory services to corporations such as Duke Energy, Deutsche Bank and Siemens, as well as private equity firms including the Carlyle Group. Since joining the firm in 1988, Clarke has held several senior level roles at the firm, working both in Europe and the US. Clarke was the CEO of Russell Reynolds Associates from 2011-2021, where he led the firm through unprecedented growth. Previously, he led the CEO & Board Advisory Practice, served as Head of the Americas region, and was a member of the firm’s board of directors and Executive Committee. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke was a commercial banking officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase) in New York.

“The best leaders are those who help to build a better world –courageous leaders who are willing to pivot their organizations toward a more sustainable future and deliver lasting value for all stakeholders, not just stockholders.”

Clarke holds a BA in history from the University of Virginia​.​​​
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Areas of Expertise

Board and CEO Advisory Board Director and Chair Search CEO Succession C-Suite Succession Financial Services Private Capital

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Clarke ​is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Carnegie Hall and the New York City Ballet.​