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Renee Baker Arrington
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President & Chief Operating Officer
Renee Arrington is a strategic thinker who connects the dots and provides executive talent solutions for clients. She excels in recruiting board and executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. As president and COO of the firm, she serves on the board of directors and provides leadership to the technology practice. Renee works across many industries including technology, retail, financial services, business services, manufacturing, distribution and R&D.
Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global search firm.
Renee serves as vice chair Americas for our global search organization, IIC Partners. With offices in countries, IIC Partners is one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of Rethink Results and the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, which encourages young girls to excel in STEM. Renee is a member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and past member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). She has previously served on the boards of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties.
Renee has received numerous honors and awards as a leader in her profession and community. In 2019, Renee was named a 2019 HMG Strategy Technology Executive to Watch. This annual award recognizes top-performing chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), senior technology leaders, venture capitalists and executive search professionals who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in areas such as innovation, business transformation, courageous leadership and digital disruption. In 2018, she was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting with her strong commitment to community service. She was selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth. In 2016, she was a finalist in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category. In 2014, Renee was named one of the Top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon.
Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits, has written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CareerJournal.com, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005).
Renee earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She speaks French and lives with her husband Michael in her hometown of Fort Worth.
What motto do you live by?
As a self-described eternal optimist, I believe attitude and hard work are the keys to success.
Why did you feel executive recruiting was the right field for you?
Executive search is filled with variety, and the work is compelling. You meet exceptional business leaders as you develop client relationships and interview candidates. Each day is different, each client unique, and each search has its challenges. That is what keeps me engaged.
If you had to change careers tomorrow, what job would you choose, and why?
In between interior design and executive search, I worked on newspapers in high school and college and took my degree in journalism. If I had to change tomorrow, I’d look for a position that combines creating, investigating, selling, interviewing, and writing. This could be in many areas, such as fundraising and development, media relations, or even hosting a radio talk show.