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Russ Rao

Current Position and Location

Partner,Leader'sGene Consulting


Working Experiences

Russ Rao was a Managing Principal of Korn/Ferry International’s Leadership and Talent Consulting business. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Mr. Rao led Deloitte Institute, which provides leadership development for 8,000 professionals and 300 partners in Greater China. Earlier, Mr. Rao ran Mercer’s human capital consulting business in the East China locations of Shanghai, Taipei, and Nanjing.

He also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting service and GE medical service earlier in his career.

Brief Introduction

Mr. Rao has over twenty years of consulting experience on strategy and HR management for MNC and Chinese clients across the Greater China region.

With his unique consulting background, Mr. Rao helps clients align talent management, development, and leadership building with business strategy, which links leadership and talent practices to clients’ business success. He is an experienced professional in leadership assessment tools and methodologies, talent development strategy, operation design, coaching, and action-learning technology.
Mr. Rao has served clients in various industries, including manufacturing, FMCG, telecom, high tech, and financial services. His clients include Astrazeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Moet Hennessey and Diageo, Allianz, Cisco, China Mobile, Yangzi Petrochemical, Shanghai Electric Corporation, Wyeth, Bohai Bank, Metersbonwe, Hynix, Richo, Tetra Pak and so on.
Mr. Rao keeps active presence in the talent and leadership community with memberships in organizations such as CEIBS HR club. Mr. Rao also lectures at major business schools about leadership topics, most notably lecturing for the international M.B.A. program of Peking University.
He holds an E.M.B.A. from China European International Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tsinghua University. 


Leadership Consulting, Strategy Consulting, Leadership Assessment, HR Consulting.