Nic Cutts, a six-year Senior Partner of Korn Ferry in Dubai, has joined rival executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.

Based in Dubai, Cutts joins Russell Reynolds with 20 years of leadership consulting experience. He has spent the past 10 years of his career in the Middle East working with C-level executives and teams to sharpen and align their leadership value proposition. Having worked on some of the largest M&A projects in the region, his advisory work often begins with the senior team but includes the ideation and implementation of firm-wide talent management and leadership initiatives.

Appointed as an Executive Director in Dubai, Cutts has been tasked with expanding Russell Reynolds’ footprint in the executive assessment / development and leadership succession segment. While his focus will primarily be on the Middle East region, he will also consult across the firm’s global practice.

Anthony Abbatiello, Global Head of Leadership and Succession Consulting for Russell Reynolds Associates, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nic to our team. He brings a vast array of insight and techniques in business psychology from which our clients will benefit. Growth in leadership and adapting skills for a new role are vital elements for all our clients, and Nic’s experience will truly enhance our offering as a company. The Middle East offers immense opportunities, and we reaffirm our commitment to this fast-growing marketplace.”

The high-profile hire comes one month after Russell Reynolds appointed Matthew Lewis as the new leader of its Dubai office. He succeeded former McKinsey & Company partner Stephan Schönwälder.


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