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James M. Citrin

Jim Citrin leads Spencer Stuart’s North American CEO Practice. During his 21 years with the firm, he has worked with clients on more than 600 CEO, board director, CFO and other top management searches and CEO succession assignments. In May 2014, he was reelected to the Spencer Stuart worldwide Board of Directors for a fifth term, and has served as a director for 15 years.

Extensive executive search and leadership expertise
  • Jim’s clients include world-leading media, technology, communications and consumer companies, as well as other multinational corporations, financial services institutions, private-equity firms, and educational and not-for-profit institutions.
  • A noted expert on leadership and professional success, Jim has authored seven books, including The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today’s Aspiring Young Professional, released in April 2015, and best-sellers You’re in Charge — Now What?, Lessons from the Top, The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, and You Need a Leader — Now What?, based on the groundbreaking Spencer Stuart CEO Transition Study, published in Harvard Business Review. Jim is also a LinkedIn Influencer and covers a range of topics on leadership and career strategy.
  • Deeply experienced in governance, Jim has been named to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100, which recognizes the most influential leaders in corporate governance.
  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Jim spent five years at McKinsey & Company and was an associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1981 and served as a trustee on the school’s Board of Directors for 12 years, co-chairing the Nominating Committee. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1986, earning first- and second-year honors and graduating with distinction. In addition, Jim is a trustee and member of the Governance Committee at Wesleyan University, and serves as a board member of the Cancer Research Institute, as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.