Joel von Ranson leads Spencer Stuart's Financial Officer Practice in North America. He focuses on chief financial officer assignments for a broad range of technology, healthcare, consumer, manufacturing and financial services companies. In addition, he helps CFOs build their top teams and plan for succession. An expert on governance, he also works extensively with boards, recruiting directors and leading board advisory engagements.

A breadth of finance experience

  • Joel has helped many leading companies recruit world class CFOs. He has led the Financial Officer Practice since 2010, leads all of Spencer Stuart’s functional practices globally and is a member of the firm’s global leadership team. He previously chaired the firm’s global partner nominations committee.
  • Joel 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 his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a former member of the Museum of Modern Art’s Contemporary Arts Council.

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