Ruth Curran leads the MERC Partners / Spencer Stuart Dublin office. Ruth is a member of the firm’s Financial Services, CEO and Board, Consumer, TMT and Private Equity practices and has more than 20 years of executive search experience. She focuses on C-Suite, board and senior executive search assignments, working extensively with major organisations in a diverse array of sectors including media, technology, financial services, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and pharmaceutical-biotech.

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 Dublin business post acquisition. She was responsible for creating the Board Practice within MERC Partners.
  • Ruth was global chair of IIC Partners in 2015, she is a board member of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation, and she serves on the Governing Authority of National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • She is a member of the National Council for Ibec, the Irish business lobbying group. She has also served on the strategic committee for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

A qualified accountant (ACCA), 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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