Thomas J. Saporito

Executive Chairman


Dr. Thomas Saporito joined RHR International in 1979 and has served as executive chairman since 2016. He assumed this role after serving as RHR’s president between 2006 and 2008, then chairman and chief executive officer between 2008 and 2016.

Over the course of his career, Tom helped pioneer the RHR board practice and has specialized in consulting with CEOs, boards of directors, and senior management on succession planning and top-management leadership. He is widely recognized as an expert in CEO succession. His consulting generally focuses on companies that are in the midst of significant shifts in strategy and culture.

Tom has worked throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in industries including consumer products, industrials, retail, and distribution services. He coauthored the book Inside CEO Succession: The Essential Guide to Leadership Transition.

Tom received a PhD in psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. In addition to RHR’s board, he currently sits on the board of directors of Merakey and BAYADA Home Health Care. He is also a former member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Blue Ribbon Commission on CEO Succession.