Edward Speed was until recently chairman of the worldwide board of Spencer Stuart and is active on chairman and CEO succession as well as board searches globally. Edward co-leads Spencer Stuart’s EMEA Board & CEO Practice, focusing on CEO search and succession. He has recruited chairmen, non-executive directors, CEOs and top management for leading public and privately owned companies.

Industry and consulting experience

  • Edward joined Spencer Stuart in 1990, and has 30 years of executive recruiting experience across a range of board and senior management positions. He was previously responsible for the broader Consumer Goods & Services Practice in EMEA which, in addition to consumer packaged goods, included retail, luxury and apparel, hospitality and leisure, and marketing services.
  • Edward also provides Executive Assessment Services, specialising in senior management assessment and post-merger integration consulting.
  • He has also written a number of Spencer Stuart publications on subjects ranging from leadership roles in consumer packaged goods multinationals to CEO transition in Europe.
  • In his early career, he served in senior management roles with a British manufacturing group and an international food company before spending three years with a leading recruitment firm. He has lived and worked in France, Germany and the Middle East.

Edward is on the development board of the Francis Crick Institute in London, a global centre for cancer research. A graduate of Cambridge University, Edward speaks Arabic, French and German.

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