Veteran Executive Recruiter Helps Public Companies Form a Diverse Board of Directors

New York, N.Y.  (July 26, 2016)Paul S. Williams, a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) and co-leader of Allegis Partners’ board of directors’ practice, has been named one of the United States’ most influential black corporate directors by Savoy magazine.  A public company director, and a former chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Cardinal Health, Paul focuses on conducting in-house searches, particularly general counsel and other senior level positions as the leader of MLA’s Chicago/Midwest in-house practice group. He also places board of director candidates through the Allegis Partners’ board of directors’ practice.

Paul is a member of the board of directors for three public companies: Essendant Inc., a Fortune 500 distributor of business products; Bob Evans Farms Inc., the owner and operator of nearly 700 restaurants in the U.S.; and Compass Minerals International, Inc., a producer of salt and other inorganic mineral products. He currently is the compensation committee chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals. He is also the president-elect of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

“It is an honor to be recognized by Savoy for my work in the boardroom and to be a part of such an impressive group of directors,” 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.”

Additionally, Paul leads the firm’s efforts throughout the country in assisting organizations and boards in enhancing their diversity. He is a well-respected leader in the area of diversity, frequently speaking on diversity-related issues. His background as a former chief legal officer and corporate secretary gives him unique insight into how to effectively recruit diverse legal teams and counsel candidates.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa

Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the world's largest and most experienced legal search firm. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, MLA has earned recognition for its track record of successful general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. MLA also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. With 22 offices worldwide, MLA recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. MLA 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. 

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About Allegis Partners, LLC

 Allegis Partners is the global executive search firm that delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. With a focus on identifying diverse, top talent for human resources, board, C-suite and senior executive-level roles, Allegis Partners brings deep expertise and insight into each relationship, customizing each search within the global market to pair candidates with deep skill and knowledge to the unique needs of their clients. We’re backed by the extensive resources and knowledge of the Allegis Group, a $11+ billion privately held global human capital organization. To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit


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