Leo Russell

CEO & Founder, Pride Global
leo 240×360

Leo Russell



420 Lexington Ave, 30th floor

New York, NY 10170

Leo Russell is the CEO and Founder of Pride Global, co-Founder of Russell Tobin, and Managing Partner of several operating subsidiaries under the Pride Global umbrella. As such, Leo oversees all initiatives and operations, leading a global team of over 4,500 associates spread around the globe with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, India, and the U.K. The Pride Global network of companies now includes Pride One, Russell Tobin, Pride BPO, Pride Health, Pride Now, Pride Advisory, Pride Tech, Pride India, and Rocket Shippers.


Pride Global was founded in 1983 as Pride Technologies with a focus on providing IT services to financial institutions. Over the years, Leo diversified the company’s core functions to add human capital solutions, including vendor management, payroll and passthrough services, business process optimization, leadership development, and complete staffing services for both direct hire and contingent labor solutions.


Leo is also the CEO and Founder of Pride in Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded with a mission to empower students with the skills and resources to benefit from a good education, compete for the best opportunities in the job market, enhance leadership skills, and ultimately find fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.


In 2021, Leo was named to the Staffing Industry Analysts annual Staffing 100 list honoring the most influential industry leaders.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Claremont Men’s College and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School OPM Program.