Anne Simonds leads Spencer Stuart’s efforts at the intersection of global development and social enterprises aligning the firm’s corporate, nonprofit and public sector networks. A member of the Education, Nonprofit & Government, Healthcare Services and Healthcare practices, Anne specializes in CEO and president searches and board and leadership advisory engagements for organizations worldwide. Her clients range from global nonprofits, foundations, government and academic institutions to specialty pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Expertise across healthcare and nonprofit sectors

  • Anne has nearly 20 years of search and assessment experience and comes to Spencer Stuart from another global search firm, where she led the creation of the global health practice and ran the Washington, D.C. office. She has significant experience with organizations in emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • A hallmark of Anne’s work is engaging with clients undergoing substantive change. She has expertise across rapidly evolving organizations where comparable paradigms may not exist and cultivates networks befitting innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to recruiting C-level executives, she advises on organizational restructuring and critical board issues, including succession.
  • Prior to search, Anne worked in several research environments: Department of Neuropathology and Neurobiology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Department of Neurosurgery/Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Virginia Medical Center; the University of Connecticut; and, the Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University.

Anne received her B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia and attended the post-graduate business program at the McIntire Business Institute, University of Virginia. Additionally, she has completed the Executive Education Leadership Program at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation, the Global Citizens Council of the United Nations Foundation and the Global Health Council. She serves on the board of Project HOPE and as a senior adviser to the Global Development Incubator.

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