Ruth leads the MERC Partners / Spencer Stuart Dublin office. She is a member of the firm’s Financial Services, CEO and Board, Consumer and Private Equity practices and has more than 20 years executive search and leadership advisory experience. She is a trusted advisor, focussing on Board, CEO and Senior Executive succession, working with private and public companies to support their strategic objectives.

Board and C-suite search partner

  • Ruth joined MERC Partners in 1999 and became managing partner in 2014. In July 2019, Spencer Stuart acquired MERC Partners; Ruth continues to lead the Irish business post acquisition.
  • Ruth was responsible for creating the Board Practice within MERC Partners and specialises in Chair and Director appointments.
  • Ruth was global chair of IIC Partners from 2015 to 2018, a board member of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation up until 2020 and served on the Governing Authority of National University of Ireland, Galway for 5 years.
  • She is a member of the National Council for Ibec, the Irish business lobbying group and former member of the Association of Executive Search (AESC) Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has also served on the strategic committee for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

A qualified accountant (FCCA), Ruth holds a Masters degree in Business and was the 2016 recipient of the National University of Ireland Galway Business and Commerce Alumni of the Year Award.

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