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Paul Williams

Paul Williams is a member of the CEO & Board Practice as well as a Partner with Major, Lindsey & Africa, based in our Chicago office. He focuses on identifying top board candidates and assessing organizational corporate governance as well as conducting corporate in-house searches for general counsel and other senior-level positions.

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, Inc., a producer of salt and other inorganic mineral products. He currently is the Compensation Committee chairman for Bob Evans and Compass Minerals, and the Nominating and Governance Committee chairman for Essendant. Beginning in June, 2017, he will serve as the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Prior to joining Allegis Partners, Paul served for several years as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 20 healthcare services company. He began his career as a corporate and securities associate with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Southern California and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in Ohio. Paul also served as general counsel of a computer software company and group counsel for the dairy division of a multinational corporation.

Paul is a well-respected leader in the area of diversity, frequently speaking on diversity-related issues.

Paul graduated, cum laude, from Harvard and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Career Highlights

  • Past Lead Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation
  • Former board member of Physicians for Human Rights, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Arthritis Foundation, Buckeye Boys Ranch and Salesian Boys and Girls Club