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Paul Williams Named One of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors by Savoy Magazine and One of Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color for 2017

New York  (November 16, 2017)Paul S. Williams, co-leader of Allegis Partners’ CEO & Board Practice, and a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), has been named to Savoy’s 2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors for the second year. He was also named one of Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color for 2017.

A public company director, and a former chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Cardinal Health, Paul places board of director and CEO candidates through his work for Allegis Partners, and also conducts general counsel and other senior legal searches through MLA’s Chicago/Midwest in-house practice group.  Paul assists organizations and boards in enhancing their diversity, and speaks frequently on diversity-related issues.

Paul currently is a member of the board of directors for two public companies: Essendant Inc., a Fortune 500 distributor of business products; and Compass Minerals International, Inc., a producer of salt and other inorganic mineral products. He currently is the compensation committee chairman for Compass Minerals and the governance committee chairman for Essendant.

Paul is also the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  NACD Chicago Chapter is one of NACD’s 22 chapters across the country. NACD chapters provide the director community with a forum for sharing experiential knowledge, asserting their voice in policy issues impacting the boardroom and fostering exemplary governance in the business community.  Chapters meet regularly for director education programs and board networking events.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Savoy and Chicago United for my work in the boardroom and ongoing diversity efforts,” said Paul Williams. “Diversity must start at the top of an organization. When the board shows its commitment to diversity, there is a resulting trickle-down effect and an increased likelihood of having a diverse management team that is more reflective of larger society.”

About Allegis Partners, LLC

 Allegis Partners is the global executive search firm that delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. Focused on identifying diverse, top talent for human resources, board, CEO and other executive and senior management roles across industries, Allegis Partners brings deep expertise and insight into each relationship. Each search is customized within the global market to pair candidates with deep skills and knowledge to the unique needs of clients. The firm is backed by the extensive resources of the Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit www.allegis-partners.com.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa

Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the largest and most experienced legal search firm in the world. With more than 25 offices worldwide, Major, Lindsey & Africa has earned recognition for its track record of successful general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. The firm also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, Major, Lindsey & Africa recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. The firm considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. Major, Lindsey & Africa is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions.

To learn more about Major, Lindsey & Africa, visit www.mlaglobal.com.

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