Kate Duchene

Chief Executive Officer

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Innovation is rarely a linear journey, making a growth mindset and adaptability paramount.

Kate’s Perspective

Our people are the firm’s greatest asset. To find and keep the best humans, we must engage in a way that makes them feel respected, valued, developed and heard.

More About Kate

Prior to becoming CEO and President, Kate was the Chief Legal Officer, EVP of Human Resources of RGP from 1999 to 2016. She was the company’s first corporate counsel and HR leader, and also managed and grew the legal consulting business. Before RGP, Kate practiced labor and employment law for top international law firm, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP from 1990 to 1999. Kate has a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Her board work is extensive including public company and non-profit experience. On the philanthropic front, she has served on the boards of Human Options, which is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, California Minority Counsel Program, Orange County Community Foundation and University of California Irvine Foundation. In addition, she recently served on the board of Collectors Universe, helping take the company private.

During her tenure as RGP’s CEO, the firm has been recognized with numerous awards, including BPO Partner of the Year by NetSuite, America’s Best Midsize Companies by Forbes and the Best Management Consulting Firms by Forbes. Kate has been recognized by Orange County Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business and General Counsel Awards, was named to OC Metro’s “Hot 25” top professionals in Orange County list and has received the Human Options Dove Award.

Kate was featured in Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Staffing 100 North America List for 2021 and selected to SIA’s Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing list for 2020. In its 2020 report, SIA ranked RGP #41 among the largest staffing firms in the United States that generated more than $100 million in 2019 U.S. staffing revenue.

Throughout Kate’s career, she has authored several leadership pieces and has participated in many speaking engagements including Bloomberg Radio, NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter, Chief Executive, Vox, HR Executive, USC Marshall Corporate Directors Symposium, Orange County Business Journal, OCTANE Technology Innovation Forum and USC Marshall School of Business.

She became the company’s fourth chief executive in 2016.

3 Questions

What is the most exciting thing on the horizon for business?

In contrast to trends in the Fourth Revolution toward dehumanization, technology and innovation best practices are being bent back toward the service of humanity. In the Fifth Industrial Revolution, humans and machines will dance together, metaphorically.

What mindset should businesses have to compete in the future?

Career pathing and professional development plans must change. We need to move away from top-down learning structures to tribe or cohort-related learning environments. In a perennial environment, learning will come from many different directions, which is very healthy for a modern organization to thrive.

Why RGP?

Successful people want to make a difference in their work and feel appreciated when they do. We connect with one another with transparency, kindness and humility. These are core behaviors that I think will serve us and our constituencies well in the future.

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