William McKinnon

William comes to search with deep, hands-on direct industry experience from having grown CEB and Axiom Law from start-up to successful exit, and from having met and assessed thousands of executives across his career.

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William McKinnon advises growth companies on leadership development and selection. Based in Washington D.C., William has a specific focus on General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer searches. He has an extensive track record building and leading business-to-business firms, developing a growth culture and driving geographic expansion. William was a key leader at The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board for 17 years, serving for 10 years as a member of the executive leadership team and helping guide the company from inception to more than 2,000 employees. The company grew exponentially and had one of the most successful IPOs of the late 1990s. Along with that experience, William later served on the leadership team at Axiom Law, a leading provider of legal services to Fortune 500 companies, prior to its successful sale to Permira, a UK PE firm.

“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me.”

William graduated cum laude from Duke University with a BA in economics and public policy.
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Areas of Expertise

Executive Search Legal, Risk, and Compliance Professional Services Technology

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William is a founding board member and past chairman of JUST TRYAN IT, helping families with children battling pediatric cancer.