Robert Stark co-leads Spencer Stuart’s CEO Succession advisory services. He has guided more than 80 boards through the CEO succession process and assessed over 300 CEOs and CEO candidates. Robert leverages more than 25 years of executive assessment and development experience to explore and bring to light the capabilities and potential of executive talent, and accelerate their development and CEO-readiness.

CEO succession expertise

  • Whether helping a Fortune 50 client or a $500-million private company, Robert partners with boards, CEOs and CHROs across industries to ensure a rigorous process that drives stakeholder alignment, the readiness of internal candidates, and superior outcomes for shareholders, employees and customers.
  • Robert co-founded the Executive Intelligence Group, which revolutionized CEO assessment with a methodology to evaluate multiple dimensions of leadership potential. The Executive Intelligence Group was integrated into Spencer Stuart in 2007.
  • Earlier in his career, he helped to build Hagberg Consulting Group, an early innovator in executive development and coaching in Silicon Valley. After that, he co-founded a human resources software company, HiringTools, which was acquired by in 2001.

Robert graduated with honors from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

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