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Ryan Whitacre


Ryan B. Whitacre is a Managing Director in our In-House Practice Group. His experience as in-house counsel is sought out by clients who value his ability to recognise their specific requirements and then assess the talent to match. Clients have entrusted Ryan to place an array of senior legal posts, including general counsel, chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, and chief IP counsel within a variety of industries and sectors, including the automotive industry. He also handles searches for lawyers and non-lawyers in legal operations and compliance functions.

Ryan is a passionate advocate for increasing diversity within the legal profession. As such, he is a member of our In-House Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a group of talented recruiters dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent for our clients and our own organization.

Ryan and his wife, a concert violinist turned CFP®, reside in the Lakeview neighbourhood of Chicago where they enjoy giving back to the arts and sciences, exploring the city's fine (and not-so-fine) dining scenes and persisting (in vain) to convince their labrador retriever to admit that he's not a real boy.

Ryan's legal career before becoming an executive recruiter included tenure in large law firms and the in-house legal departments of a $20 billion foodservice company and a publicly traded real estate investment trust. During his time in private practice and on the corporate side, Ryan worked with executive recruiters (including Major, Lindsey & Africa) as a client as well as a candidate, and he brings this unique perspective—both hiring manager and hopeful applicant—to each client engagement.

Cornell Law School: J.D.

Editorial Board, Cornell International Law Journal

Michigan State University, James Madison College: B.A., with honor

Phi Beta Kappa

Some of Ryan's in-house placements include:

  • AkzoNobel
  • The Boeing Company
  • Cardinal Health
  • Energizer
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • General Motors Co.
  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • Meijer
  • NiSource
  • Teachers Credit Union
  • ThyssenKrupp
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Admitted to the Bar in Illinois (inactive status)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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