Paul S. Williams

Advisor at Allegis Partners

Paul Williams is a member of the Allegis Partner Advisory Board.

Prior to his retirement, Paul co-led Allegis Partners’ North America CEO & Board Practice and was also a Partner with legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, based in Chicago. He focused 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 two public companies: Essendant, Inc.; and Compass Minerals, Inc. He currently is the Compensation Committee Chairman for 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). He is the former lead Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation and the former Compensation Committee Chairman of Bob Evans.

Prior to joining Allegis Partners, Paul served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 20 healthcare services company.

Paul graduated, cum laude, from Harvard and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He speaks frequently on diversity-related issues and has been recognized by national publications as one of the country’s most influential diverse directors. Paul is an avid fitness enthusiast and the proud father of two grown sons.


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