Deborah’s clients turn to her for candid, trusted counsel, deep market knowledge and unwavering commitment to finding the right solution to the most complex leadership challenges. She brings more than 20 years of global marketing and advertising experience across industries to her work. Passionate about diversity, she focuses on building diverse slates of candidates, eliminating bias in the hiring process and helping prepare the next generation of women for board director roles. Deb also leads Spencer Stuart’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.


Deborah has specialized experience in:

  • Chief marketing officers
  • Consumer internet
  • Consumer financial services
  • Full-stack marketers
  • E-commerce
  • Customer experience
  • Design leadership
  • Digital transformation


Recent work

  • Leading the unconscious bias training for Spencer Stuart globally
  • Recruiting and assessing marketing and digital leaders who can help companies facing disruption succeed in an increasingly digital world, such as the digital strategy leader for a major bank and brokerage firm and head of marketing for a leading online retailer
  • Advising tech players from online hospitality companies to streaming services on emerging leadership roles in a rapidly changing landscape
  • Coaching female executives on how to advance their careers, as well as secure and excel in board director positions

Previous Experience

  • Co-leader of the marketing officer practice at another global executive search firm
  • Local P&L leader for JWT’s largest technology client


  • M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
  • B.A. in American studies from Cornell University

Practice Areas