Based in New York, Joel von Ranson leads Spencer Stuart's global functional practices including the Financial Officer, Human Resources, Technology Officer, Marketing Officer, Sales Officer, Supply Chain and Legal, Compliance & Regulatory practices. An expert on governance, he also works extensively with boards, recruiting directors and leading board advisory engagements. He is a member of the firm’s global practice leadership team.

Joel also leads the Financial Officer Practice in North America. He focuses on chief financial officer assignments for a broad range of technology, healthcare, consumer, and manufacturing companies. In addition, he helps CFOs build their top teams and plan for succession.

A breadth of finance experience

  • Joel has helped dozens of leading companies recruit world class CFOs. He joined Spencer Stuart in 2000 after working in senior roles at Time Warner and Condé Nast. During that time, he served as business manager and finance executive at The New Yorker magazine.
  • He has co-authored several articles on finance topics, including “Perspectives of Leading Audit Committee Chairs.” He is also a frequent speaker on topics including financial experts in the boardroom, CFO trends, career planning and succession.

Joel earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from George Washington University. He is a former member of the Museum of Modern Art’s Contemporary Arts Council.

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