Russ Riendeau, PhD, serves as partner at Jobplex Inc. and is based out of the firm’s Chicago headquarters. Bringing over 29 years of executive search experience to Jobplex, Dr. Riendeau has worked on over 6000 search assignments and 100s of Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging private and private equity-backed firms. His deep understanding of leadership challenges around revenue growth come from both his behavioral science research and track record of delivering candidates possessing intelligence and critical-thinking skills. Packaging, plastics, ecommerce, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and general manufacturing, are many areas of search under his client portfolio.
The author/co-author of nine books on talent acquisition and leadership effectiveness, he is has also delivered numerous TEDx Talks presentations, and featured ideas in The Wall Street Journal, CIO magazine, Sales & Marketing, Training, and many other media outlets. A former adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and a member of General Electric’s corporate leadership education team, Dr. Riendeau understands the intricacies of identifying top talent in a post-recession economy.
Early in his career Russ spent many years in construction management with the largest homebuilder in Illinois. Afterwards, he went on to become a partner in a successful sales recruitment company for 14 years, based in Chicago and founded a retained search practice, The East Wing Group, Inc., in 2000. Jobplex acquired his practice in 2014. This strategic acquisition added the dynamics and understanding of many emerging industry segments, as well as strengthening senior search expertise.
Russ grew up in Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from National Louis University and earned a PhD in Behavioral Psychology from Capella University, in Minneapolis. Russ lives in Barrington, IL with his family and spends time as a pilot, artist, composer and runner, as time allows.