I’m Rebecca Thornton and I’m the Head of Director Advisory Services (DAS) at J.P. Morgan New York where we advise corporate clients globally with their evolving board needs.
I’ve spent more than two decades advising boards of directors on topics ranging from director recruitment, board design and composition, governance best practices, to CEO search and CEO succession planning.
Throughout my career, I’ve advised over 1,800 companies across a wide range of industries and special situations, including IPOs, spins, activism defense and companies exiting bankruptcy. I’ve also worked with private equity firms, families and founders looking to evolve their governance models.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, I was a senior member of Spencer Stuart’s Board of Director’s Practice. Earlier in my career, I worked in the Chairman’s Office of Heidrick & Struggles where I conducted candidate and company intelligence in support of Fortune 500 CEO and Board searches.
Outside of work, I enjoy time with my young family, usually doing some combination of cooking, hanging with friends, listening to music / watching old movies and traveling. When time affords, I love a good game of tennis or shush down a mountain.
I'm passionate about governance and bringing under-represented voices to the board-table. In support of that mission I’ve made several appearances across varied media platforms such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, Clubhouse, and LinkedIn as well as appearing as a guest on podcasts from Apple and Spotify.
Ask me anything about identifying, evaluating, and positioning yourself for board opportunities, expectations in compensation, director recruitment, CEO succession planning, governance models, or anything else!