Jonathan Smith recruits CEOs, other senior executives, chairmen and non-executive directors across a broad range of consumer-related quoted, private and private equity clients. He is currently a member of the European CEO & Board Practice and the head of the European Sports Business Practice. Jonathan formerly led the Retail, Apparel & Luxury Goods Practice in Europe and the Consumer Practice in the UK.

Business and leadership experience

  • Throughout his 20 years at Spencer Stuart, Jonathan has completed more than 500 CEO, board director, CFO and other top management searches. He is a leader in CEO search having led 23 FTSE 100 and 250 quoted company CEOs and over 35 private company CEOs – including some of the world’s great sports clubs and organisations. His diverse client work includes leading retail, consumer service, hospitality and leisure, business service and other multinationals and private equity firms.
  • Jonathan is the author of A Blueprint for CEO Succession, CEO succession: making the right choices and a number of other leading management articles. He has sat on the remuneration committee of a $15 billion Dubai-based conglomerate. Jonathan is also a qualified coach, having graduated with Meyler Campbell in the Mastered programme.
  • Previously, Jonathan spent seven years in strategy consultancy primarily with Bain and Co., where he advised UK and international companies on corporate and business unit strategy. After several years at J Sainsbury plc, he joined the board of Somerfield plc as group development director.

He is a graduate of Bristol University and attended the London Business School. Jonathan is also a former international hockey player and a Governor of the leading girls school, St. Mary’s Calne.

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