Clarke Murphy


Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates and serves on the Board of Directors. While at Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Board of Director searches for UnitedHealth Group, and MSCI.

He has also conducted CEO assignments for MasterCard, ARAMARK, and Duke Energy, among others. In addition, he has led notable searches in the private equity industry including searches for the Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus.

Clarke has over 25 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1988. Now based in New York, he also worked in the firm’s Frankfurt and London offices. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was the Global Head of the Private Equity Practice and Global Leader of the firm’s CEO/Board Practice. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke was a commercial banking officer in the Corporate Banking Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase) in New York.

Clarke received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia.
Professional Affiliation
Clarke is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Board of Directors for the New York City Ballet and the Carnegie Endowment. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School and is a former Trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia.