Harry L. Usher, who had responsibility for planning and staging the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, has been named managing director of the Los Angeles office of international search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
Usher, a lawyer, joined the firm from Weintraub Entertainment Group, where he has been a senior vice president since July, 1987. He also has been president of its subsidiary, Weintraub International Enterprises.
He spent about 16 years in law practice before joining the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1980, serving as executive vice president, general manager and chief operating officer until he left in 1985. He was commissioner of the short-lived United States Football League before joining Weintraub Entertainment.
Usher will concentrate on building Reynolds’ entertainment, legal and general business practices, the company said. Gerardo Seeliger, managing director-office manager, will be responsible for day-to-day operations.
Reynolds also said it appointed Geoffrey T. Dunbar and Gene L. Phelps as executive directors in the Los Angeles office, one of 21 in the United States and abroad.
Dunbar, who conducts searches in the venture capital, leveraged buyout, manufacturing and consumer product fields, has been chairman of Woodridge Group, a Chicago-based management consulting firm that he founded.
Phelps, who formerly was a director and principal with SpencerStuart, another international search firm, will recruit in the light manufacturing and consumer products industries.