JamesDruryPartners was founded in 2001 by Jim Drury, a former management consultant and Vice Chairman of a global executive search firm. Well known for his interest in the effectiveness of America’s corporate boards, he founded two nationally recognized corporate governance conferences in the early 1990s, both continuing today – the annual conference “Toward Common Ground”, held at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business; and the “The Directors College”, hosted by Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Jim’s decision to start a new firm was motivated by his personal view that a decades-long resistance to change in the executive search industry, had made it difficult for firms to truly differentiate themselves. He founded our firm with the commitment to embrace fresh, new thinking. We increasingly shifted our focus from executive search to “value-added” services such as board director recruitment and board consultation, with an eye toward innovation. The unique new advisory services introduced have emanated from creative energy that has been absent in our industry for far too long. To cite a few examples:
- The Weight of America’s Boards. In 2011, we published, for the first time in our industry, an annual study that benchmarks the corporate governance capacity of America’s largest public corporations.
- BoardSelect®. In 2006, we introduced this unique “gold standard” advisory service, enabling CEOs and other top executives, for the first time, to proactively control their selection of an appropriate outside board appointment.
- DirectorSelect®. Recognizing the high importance that boards place on “culture fit” when selecting directors, we developed this advanced assessment methodology to reduce the risk involved. Our unique DirectorSelect® process incorporates the benefit of our long experience placing board directors, the insights of our advisory board of distinguished directors, and the disciplined techniques of proven assessment technology.
- Our Future. As innovation seems to come naturally to JamesDruryPartners, we anticipate the continuing introduction of valuable boardroom services in the years ahead.