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Paul Williams

Paul Williams co-leads Allegis Partners’ North America CEO & Board Practice and is also a Partner with legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, based in Chicago. 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., a producer and distributor of sausage, potato and other food products; 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. Paul is the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is a member of the board of directors.

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 has been recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the nation’s 100 most influential African-American corporate directors, and speaks frequently 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