Debra Brown

last updated 1/27/2018

Debra J. Brown

Managing Director, Asset and Wealth Management Recruiting Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates Inc

200 Park Avenue, 23rd Floor, New York City, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(212) 351-2000

General Information


Senior Vice President, Social Research and Policy - Calvert Group Ltd

Financial Analyst - Goldman , Sachs & Co.

Financial Analyst - American Express Company



B.A. degree - mathematics and economics , New York University

M.B.A. , with honors - finance , New York University



Member - Financial Women's Association

Member of Advisory Council - Institutional Investor's U.S. Institute

Member of the Selection Committee for School Board Nominees - Mamaroneck Schools

Recent News  

Making Yourself Indispensable Before Pink Slips Fly | Newsroom | Russell Reynolds Associates

The Ignites article, "Making Yourself Indispensable Before Pink Slips Fly ," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Debra Brown about how to position yourself and your skills in a company.
The article is excerpted below. Some employees may also benefit from becoming more specialized, says Debra Brown, managing director of Russell Reynolds Associates' asset and wealth management practice. "If you can position yourself with skills that are transferable to more niche areas that are in higher demand, you're more likely to get picked up," Brown says. When it comes to portfolio management, she sees demand for emerging-market debt and small-cap strategies. To obtain those, Brown recommends that employees use resources already at their disposal. "If you're comfortable having a dialogue with the organization, you might be able to say to the CIO, 'I'd love to get some exposure to another strategy or style,' or, 'Could I understudy the XYZ team?'" Brown suggests.

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Four Women Running Major University Endowments Left Jobs in Recent Months | Chief Investment Officer

These departures aren't about being female, says Deb Brown, managing director, asset and wealth management recruiting practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.
She believes it is more likely that four women are leaving because traditionally tenure in these roles is short.

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An executive search firm finds that asset managers generally do a reasonably good job of recruiting minorities and women, "but the issue is their inclusion [efforts], retention and bringing them through the system," says Deb Brown, consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates.
"The message is that I think everyone could be doing a better job," Brown adds.

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