Russell, an Australian national, has recently returned to Australia having spent eleven years based in China in charge of firstly the China business and then the Asia Pacific business of Schneider Electric, a Paris based, Fortune 500 multinational specialising in Energy Management.
During that period (2000 – 10) Schneider Electric developed very rapidly and successfully in Asia Pacific under Russell’s leadership. By the end of 2009 Russell managed a business of 27000 people, 40 factories with a revenue of approximately 4BUSD. Much of the growth was via organic intiatives but also extensively through acquisitions and Joint Ventures. Through these experiences Russell has understood the key ingredients of success and most importantly the need to build and develop strong management teams.
Russell also sat on the Management Committee of the Schneider Electric group and travelled extensively to the headquarters in Paris to attend regular Management Meetings. .
After a managed succession with Schneider Electric, Russell and his wife Paulee and their three children have returned to their home city of Melbourne to live.
Since his return has continued to consult to Schneider Electric travelling frequently to China to participate on a Joint Venture Board (Schneider Electric is a 50% shareholder) and to mentor several local senior managers.
Russell is also an active Early Stage investor and is a member of Melbourne Angels and has invested in eight start up companies and is a Director in four of them including Metaverse Makeovers.