Russ Allison

Russ Allison

Founder/Managing Partner


Russ Allison’s entire career is focused on helping leaders and organizations be more effective and ultimately much more commercially successful. Convinced that innovation and best practices are most useful only when put into concrete action, Russ brings a business-minded deep grasp of psychology research to the table and partners with clients to take specific steps that improve performance. From small private companies to global multi-nationals, he has consulted with industries as diverse as entertainment, consumer electronics, defense, retail, financial services, and high tech for more than 20 years.

Previously, Russ began the first part of his career at Personnel Decisions International, a global leadership consulting firm, specializing in executive assessment, business coaching, and integrated talent management initiatives. During that time, he personally assessed hundreds of leaders across industries and built a world-class knowledge of coaching methods and techniques to help leverage strengths and mitigate weaknesses. Later, he led the assessment and coaching function for Hewlett-Packard and designed an assessment and development strategy for the top 35,000 leaders of the company. In 2010, Russ founded the firm that became RAC Leadership and now spends his time assessing and coaching executives to become better leaders for their companies and for their own career goals.

Russ’ clients have included some of the most respected and dynamic organizations within their industries such as AT&T, Autodesk, Avery Dennison, Bain & Company, Bank of America, BlackRock, Blackstone, Capital Group, Carlyle Group, Cedars-Sinai, Cheesecake Factory, Credit Suisse, Dell, DreamWorks Animation, EADS, East West Bank, First American Financial, Genentech, Google, KKR, Lockheed Martin, NBC Universal, Nestle, Northrop Grumman, PG&E, PetSmart, PIMCO, Sempra Energy, Shell, Sony Electronics, Scripps Networks Interactive, Santander, Starbucks, Toyota, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros among others.

Russ holds a M.S. Ed and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.