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Tuck Rickards

Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Technology PracticeRussell Reynolds Associates

San Francisco Bay Area

Member Since November 2022


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Tuck Rickards is Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Technology Practice at management consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates. With deep expertise in growth trends and transitional leadership, as well as firm footing in the West Coast epicenter of technology, Rickards brings a truly global viewpoint to the ways technology has evolved—and what that means for industry sectors and large-scale companies. Rickards works closely with growth companies (as well as their venture and PE backers) to build diverse and impactful senior leadership teams and boards. He also advises Fortune 500 companies committed to digital transformation on ways to leverage technology to improve everything from operations to products. Rickards joined Russell Reynolds in 1998 with the goal of building the firm’s internet practice; he went on to co-lead the digital transformation practice. He is the author of numerous thought pieces related to technology and digital tools, ranging from “WebDNA” to digital boards. Rickards began his career as a financial analyst with Goldman, Sachs & Co. Subsequently, he served as Vice President in the Consumer Group at Montgomery Securities, and as a consultant with Corporate Decisions, Inc. He was then Project Manager, Multimedia Accessories, at Harman International, a leading audio company. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Rickards was Founder and CEO of Virtual Emporium, Inc., a venture-backed internet company. Rickards is an active alumnus of Harvard Business School and a Board Director of the Bay Area Council in San Francisco. He works out of Russell Reynolds’ Boston and San Francisco offices.

Published content

Why public tech CEOs are turning over, fast—and how companies should plan for succession


This year is yielding an unprecedented level of turnover among tech CEOs, says Fast Company Executive Board member Tuck Rickards--and companies must plan for this eventuality.

What tech’s best leaders are doing to sustain growth and profitability during an economic downturn


Fast Company Executive Board member Tuck Rickards explains how to achieve the mandate of the moment: sustainable growth with profitable margins.

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Russell Reynolds Associates

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Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leadership advisory firm specializing in search and succession and leadership performance, with an emphasis on DEI, assessment and efficacy, and navigation through periods of transition. Our 520+ consultants in 47 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. We also provide advisement, consultation, and support in addressing the complex and dynamic global challenges shaping the workforce today. Our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, we exist to improve the way the world is led.


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