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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 co-founded two nationally recognized corporate governance conferences. The first, “Toward Common Ground,” is held at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. The other, “The Director’s College” at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, since renamed “The Director’s Consortium”, is currently offered by Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Stanford’s Law School and Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business”.

Traveling a path of innovation and
discovery can be a wonderful journey.

Jim founded JamesDruryPartners to explore previously uncharted territory in executive search consulting, freeing himself from industry traditions that tended to stifle creative exploration and risk taking. Within our new firm, fresh thinking flourished. Sensing opportunity, we shifted our focus from conventional executive search consulting to board advisory services, a space we knew quite well.

Thus began a period of fertile innovation. New services evolved addressing a perceived need for: 1) an annual assessment of the board governance capacity of America’s leading companies; 2) a diagnostic methodology to help board’s assess the probable skills, and culture fit of new directors; and 3) a unique service to advise corporate boards in selecting appropriate outside directorships for their most valuable executives.

We are pleased with the path we have chosen and look forward to providing a growing array of services focused on strengthening the governance capacity of America’s boards.

Over 150 years of combined advisory experience

Our reputation for high performance and superior client service is built upon the experience and accomplishments of our professional team. Our clients benefit from more than 150 years of combined experience in executive search, management consulting, and industry. Serving clients exceptionally well is, and always will be, our principal objective.

Hear from our Clients

Our respected family of corporate board clients span all industry sectors with revenues ranging from $1B to $225B, including eight Fortune 50 companies.

JamesDruryPartners has an uncommon level of knowledge about the universe of available boardroom talent. They intuitively understood what we were looking for and introduced us to a number of director candidates who greatly enhanced the quality of our board. Their reputation and unparalleled board-level relationships open doors that others find closed.

Chairman/CEO of a $10 billion global pharmaceutical corporation

As a valued advisor to numerous boards, JamesDruryPartners provides insightful views on a director’s role and responsibilities. The firm is also a great resource for the independent assessment of new directors we may be considering, particularly in terms of likely culture fit, as well as periodic evaluation of our board’s performance.

Chairman/CEO of a $2 billion privately-held packaging company

It's all about access. For board director succession assignments, we find that JamesDruryPartners enjoys ease of access to the very best director talent in the country. When our board was under great time pressure to identify a couple of new directors for our proxy, we needed 24/7 availability of Jim’s team, and knew that the reputation and character of the firm would earn the respect of anyone they called.

Chairman of a $5 billion logistics company

Applications of Our Experience

Our professional practice encompasses a wide array of board advisory services, ranging from the most traditional – director recruitment, board evaluation, governance best practices, and assembling new IPO boards, to the most innovative – governance capacity analysis, diagnostic assessment of potential new directors, and proprietary board selection for America’s top executives.

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