Dayton Ogden is the global leader of Spencer Stuart’s CEO Succession advisory services and a member of the Board and Industrial practices. His search consulting work focuses on senior executive and board recruiting for a broad range of international clients.

History of search and leadership excellence

  • Dayton joined Spencer Stuart in 1979 and three years later became manager of the firm's New York and Stamford offices. In 1987, he was elected chief executive of the firm and in 1993, became the first CEO in the firm's history to be re-elected to a third term. He served as chairman of the firm from 2003 to 2006, having served as joint chairman for the previous four years.
  • He is a frequent commentator on key trends and issues affecting CEOs and boards, both in the United States and internationally. In 2000, Oxford University Press published a book, titled CEO Succession, which Dayton co-authored.
  • Dayton draws from direct board experience for client work, currently serving on the board of the American Business Conference, an organization that includes the CEOs of emerging growth companies. He also serves on the international board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and chairs the Talent & Compensation Committee. After 20 years, he recently stepped down as a director of Project HOPE and received a lifetime achievement award. Project HOPE is a leading healthcare foundation based in Washington, D.C. He previously served seven years on the board of Advanced Tissue Sciences, a NASDAQ biotech company.
  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, Dayton was a principal of an executive search firm located in Washington, D.C. Additionally, his military career included two years as gunnery officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer followed by a tour in Vietnam, where he served with distinction as officer in charge of a swift boat in the Mekong Delta.

Dayton is a graduate of Yale University.