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Renee Baker Arrington
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President & Chief Operating Officer
Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. As president and chief operating officer, she is a natural leader and problem solver with an ability to quickly identify patterns and strategic connections that benefit our clients in search as well as in larger leadership development realms.
Renee excels in recruiting board and executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO & IT Leadership practice group for clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
Renee approaches each search consultatively. She understands her clients’ cultures and the types of leaders best suited to their business life cycles and challenges. She is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.
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 firm.
In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves as board director, Americas, of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with offices in countries. Renee also serves as IIC Partners’ board liaison for practice groups. (Pearson Partners is a partner member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on 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, where she serves as chairman of the board and encourages young girls to excel in the STEM world. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the boards of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
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 together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. 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 and its organizations. In 2016, she was honored among the finalists 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, a search industry analyst.
Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having 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 and her husband, Michael, live in 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.