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Dr. Vanessa Ruda Seiden Joins RHR International’s Chicago Office

RHR International (“RHR”), a world leader in executive and organizational development, announces the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Ruda Seiden, Ph.D., to the position of partner in RHR’s Chicago office.

Vanessa has deep experience in the areas of C-level succession planning, executive selection and development, building high-performing senior teams, and strategic change leadership. She has worked with clients across a variety of industries and throughout the world, ranging from small, family-run businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

“Vanessa is very skilled at working with senior teams on leadership issues across industries, and we are thrilled to have her join the RHR Team,” said Tom Vitro, the central region leader for RHR International.

Prior to joining RHR, Vanessa worked for Ruda Cohen & Associates, a Chicago-based executive management and communications consulting firm established in 1979. She began her career with Ruda Cohen in 1997, and she has been running the business since 2010. In addition, Vanessa is a faculty member of Northwestern University, where she teaches strategic change management in the Master of Science in Learning & Organizational Change program. She also serves as a thesis advisor to graduate students, overseeing their coaching fieldwork, with a particular focus on Hogan assessment tools.

Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

RHR International LLP is an independent, global firm of management psychologists and consultants who understand the distinctive challenges and pressures that CEOs, board directors, and senior executives face. Its singular focus on senior leadership effectiveness, business outcomes, and research-based practice sets it apart from other executive and organizational development consultancies. For more than 70 years, RHR has been helping leaders and their teams transform themselves and, in turn, the performance of their organizations. RHR offers Board & CEO Services, Senior Team Effectiveness, Leading Transformational Change, Executive Development, and Executive Assessment. For more information, visit rhrinternational.com.  

RHR offers consulting services as RHR International LLP in the United States and through its wholly owned subsidiaries and affiliates including Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia.


Joan Miller
RHR International
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