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The Chicago-headquartered global leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) has hired Gemma Burgess as a managing director to join Deb Barbanel as co-lead of the global real estate practice.

Burgess most recently served as CEO and vice chairman at Ferguson Partners, a boutique executive search and consulting firm serving clients in the private equity, investment management, real estate investment trust, structured finance, hedge funds and investment banking sectors. Prior to her 16-year tenure at Ferguson Partners, she handled non-executive appointments at Hanson Green and worked in executive search at Ramsey Hall.

Burgess will be jointly based in RRA’s New York and Chicago offices.

“We welcome Gemma and the experience she brings to the Russell Reynolds team,” said Constantine Alexandrakis, CEO at RRA. “With her wealth of knowledge across international markets and both institutional and non-institutional capital in the global real estate industry, we look forward to what we can accomplish under her leadership alongside Deb Barbanel’s in this complex and expanding industry.”

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