Russell is the founder of Ninth Space LLC, a consultancy and investment firm focused on the branded goods and hospitality spaces and whose clients include or have included Tengram Capital Partners, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Raptor Group Holdings and Gansevoort Hotel Group. Russell currently serves as an Operating Partner and Senior Advisor to Tengram Capital.
Prior to founding Ninth Space, Russell was the Managing Director and President of EMEA for Starwood Capital Group Global and Director General of Groupe du Louvre, the French holding company for the Concorde Hotel Group, Louvre Hotels, Cristallerie Baccarat, Parfums Annick Goutal and the divested Champagne Taittinger. In such capacity, he lived in Paris from 2005 until 2010.
Russell oversaw the successful divestiture of Champagne Taittinger for a return of approximately 3x Starwood's equity in six months. The divestiture of Annick Goutal, at a return in excess of 10x Starwood's equity over five years, was completed in August 2011.
Prior to Starwood Capital, Russell also served professionally as Senior Vice President and Head of the Consumer Branded and Leisure Group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein; Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; Managing Director and Head of East Coast and International Consumer and Retail at Montgomery Securities (now BancAmerica Securities); and Principal at Bessemer Partners & Co., a private investment vehicle related to the Phipps family. Russell began his career with Lehman Brothers in New York.
Over the course of his career, Russell has worked with a myriad of consumer branded goods companies including Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gianfranco Ferre, Staples, Caesar's World, Nine West, Federated Department Stores, Sainsbury, Le Sportsac among others.
Russell currently sits on the Board of Nic+Zoe and has been asked to join the Advisory Board of One Luxury, a London-based fund active in the luxury brands and hospitality sectors. He is also the Chairman of Ninth Space Studio, a marketing and branding consultancy based in Dubai.
Russell holds an AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.