When the board of directors ousts your CEO for running the company into the ground, it might look to SSI (U.S.) — more commonly known as Spencer Stuart Management Consultants — for a replacement. Founded in 1956, the firm offers leadership consulting and executive search services, specializing in searches for top-level executives and board directors. Clients hire Spencer Stuart to recruit the best chief executives and functional leaders in such areas as finance, human resources, information technology, legal, and marketing. The firm operates from 50 offices worldwide. Citing the desire to protect client confidentiality, the firm’s partners have declined to follow rivals into the public marketplace.
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Addressing the world’s major societal and environmental challenges requires urgent action from all businesses. At Spencer Stuart, our ambition is to support business leaders to respond successfully to the most significant of these issues, as doing so is critical to their long-term success. Many companies have been working on these challenges for years, others are only just starting. They are complex and intertwined, but the direction of travel is clear: these issues must be on every board agenda, and every leader must act if they are to meet the increasing expectations of their investors, employees, regulators and wider society. Innovation and new ways of thinking are essential to the transformation many businesses will need to undergo. This makes the ideas and imagination of the people within these companies critical. So, at Spencer Stuart, we draw on our unique insights to help boards and executive teams to catalyze the change needed. Our global and cross-sector expertise allows us to understand the pressing and emerging issues, identify the character and capabilities leaders will require and find the people with the right attributes to deliver progress. We then stay alongside those individuals to help them maximize their impact, while preparing boards to navigate the conflicts inherent in this changing landscape. Our belief is that leaders can create the change needed to address the biggest societal and environmental challenges. This is why our purpose is to discover and develop leadership for a better future. And, while we’re taking action in our own business to be part of the solution, we know it is through our work supporting thousands of clients around the world that we can make the greatest impact.