As the leader of Spencer Stuart’s Human Resources Practice, Steve and his team partner with boards, CEOs and CHROs from early-stage companies to Fortune 10 global enterprises to assess, recruit and develop board directors, chief human resources officers and other C-level leaders who strive to have lasting impact on their organizations. A former senior HR executive who helped grow a medical technology company from $2 billion to nearly $20 billion and developed more than 30 leaders who ultimately became public company CEOs, Steve also brings a best-in-class, firsthand perspective on the challenges of building top leadership teams and HR functions.

With extensive experience across nearly all industry segments, Steve and his team have conducted hundreds of CHRO searches and succession plans for the nation’s top public, private and private equity firms. In addition, Steve is an accomplished writer and speaker on human resources topics. He has written for and been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Business Week.


  • CEO and CHRO succession
  • Boards of directors
  • Executive onboarding
  • HR transformation
  • Talent management
  • Leadership development
  • Diversity and inclusion


Recent work

  • Leading more than 150 CHRO and HR leadership transitions and assessing more than 100 next-generation HR leaders across every industry segment
  • Advised a board of directors on CEO succession, facilitated the selection and onboarding of the new CEO, who has led the business to an increase in market capitalization of $20 billion
  • Advised on integration, organizational culture and talent challenges for more than 40 merger and acquisitions transactions all over the world
  • Provided transition and advisory services to some of the top CEOs in the country

Previous Experience

  • Leader of global HR teams for General Electric across a range of industry segments, including medical imaging, medical devices, healthcare, pharma, IT and professional services


  • B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin
  • Master’s in industrial and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin
  • Healthcare Executive Program from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business

Practice Areas