Marie Ford leads Spencer Stuart’s global Financial Services Practice spanning the firm’s work across all sectors within financial services. She is also a member of the firm’s Board and CEO practices. Since joining the firm, she has worked extensively for leading public and private companies in the banking, payments, consumer finance and wealth management sectors to select, develop and recruit CEOs, board directors and commercial leaders. Marie has a passion for advising boards and executives to select and develop leaders who can transform businesses and supporting high-growth organizations with the leadership, culture and organizational decisions to help them scale their business.

Strategic insight into leadership and organizational issues

  • Marie brings over 25 years of experience in leadership, strategy and organizational development to her client advisory work. Over the past 15+ years at Spencer Stuart, she has led over 700 search, succession and leadership advisory engagements with her clients.
  • She joined Spencer Stuart from McKinsey & Company, where she worked with clients on business transformation, growth and customer strategy. Her clients included leading companies in the consumer, retail and financial services industries. Marie led McKinsey’s alumni relations function on a global basis, developing and executing innovative programs to strengthen ties with its growing and influential alumni population.
  • Earlier in her career, Marie worked in senior marketing and merchandising roles in the hospitality and retailing industries.

Marie received her M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. She holds a B.S. with high honors in business administration from Georgetown University.

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