Conducting a Successful Cross-Regional Job Search

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Cross-regional experience can make or break a career in today’s business world. Many people realize the importance of this, and yet few understand how to conduct a cross-border job search. In this CareerCast, Jeremy Rickman, area manager and member of the Corporate Officers Sector of Russell Reynolds Associates, will share his multiregion perspective, extensive cross-border experience, and insights on how to identify strategic opportunities and leverage them for long-term career success.

Aired May 17, 2011

Jeremy Rickman specializes in conducting CFO assignments across all industries at Russell Reynolds Associates. Based in Chicago, he leverages his European and North American CFO skills to ensure that his clients have access to a broad pool of international candidates. Jeremy is the area manager of the firm’s Chicago office. A member of the Corporate Officers Sector, he previously led the firm’s European Financial Officers Practice from London.

Recent Client Experience
Jeremy has completed more than 100 financial officers assignments across Europe and North America. His recent assignments within the Financial Officers Practice include working closely with the board and CEO of a Chicago-based, global Fortune 500 consumer products group to introduce a new CFO. He also worked closely with the CEO of one of the largest life insurance companies in the world to introduce a new CFO and with the CEO of a Midwest-based Fortune 500 industrial company to identify a new CFO. Previously, Jeremy was a key member of the Russell Reynolds Associates team that introduced a new chief financial officer to an international financial institution.

Previous Experience
Jeremy joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1998 as European CFO. Prior to that, he had 11 years of experience working within the finance teams of multinational companies covering a variety of roles and sectors, including professional services, manufacturing, electronics, and CPG. Previously, he was with Mars, Inc., as head of European finance for Mars Electronics International. Before that, he was with Norcros Plc as a divisional CFO and assistant controller. Jeremy began his career as an auditor with PriceWaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and later moved to the firm’s corporate finance team.

Additional Professional Activities
Jeremy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and was previously chairman of Make-A-Wish UK.

Education
Jeremy received his BSc in civil engineering from Surrey University.

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The International MBA Student’s Guide to the U.S. Job Search by WetFeet (2008)

25 Top Global Leaders by WetFeet (2008)

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Doing Business Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Going Global by Tom Travis (2007)

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Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries by Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway (2006)