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Lisa Buckingham Joins Ellig Group as President

Ellig Group, a leader in recruiting and onboarding executive talent and board directors, announces the appointment of Lisa Buckingham as President of the firm. 

Says Janice Ellig, CEO of Ellig Group, “Lisa is a dynamic, committed leader who has worked extensively with boards of directors and across the C-Suite, and whose purpose-driven values are aligned with Ellig Group’s core mission of changing the face of corporate America.”

“It really is all about talent in this incredibly competitive market, and having the access and experience to get the right person in the right role. Ellig Group differentiates its search practice by including coaching over the first 100 days. That transforms organizations and the success of our candidates,” says Ms. Buckingham.

Ms. Ellig continues, “I’m delighted to welcome Lisa as we expand our range of executive and board search activities and increase our focus on advisory services and assessments. As a trusted advisor to boards and CEOs, our team brings tailored solutions to enhance cultures, DEI, and business growth.” 

Previously, Ms. Buckingham served as Chief People, Place, and Brand Officer for Lincoln Financial Group for more than a decade. She led human resources, corporate marketing, enterprise communications, and corporate social responsibility, as well as the foundation, facilities, aviation, and corporate strategic real estate. She was a member of the Senior Management Committee, reporting directly to President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Dennis R. Glass. 

Before joining Lincoln, Ms. Buckingham held several executive roles in human resources and organizational development at Thomson Reuters. She played a key leadership role in the company’s digital technology transformation and offshoring initiatives to drive global efficiencies and further streamlined the company. Her deep professional interests in transforming cultures, companies and lives through innovative talent strategies, career development, and coaching have helped to drive better engagement and DEI, more decisive leadership, and exceptional boards.

Ms. Buckingham earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), recognized as one of the Top 25 Global CHROs by N2Growth and Stanford Graduate School of Business, and was named one of the 50 Boldly Inspirational Leaders by Employ Humanity. In 2021, she received the distinguished HR Executive Award with the co-founders of People + Work Connect, and she serves as Chair of the HR Policy Institute at Questrom School, Boston University.

Full press release available HERE.

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Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

“Listening to our clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how we present the best talent and provide  a competitive advantage. We place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, (intellectual) curiosity and courage to make a difference. Our goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!”

– Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist

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E: Janice@ElligGroup.com