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Spencer Stuart Acquires MERC Partners

July 2019

Chicago and Dublin, 9 July 2019 — Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm, today announced that it has acquired MERC Partners, Ireland’s foremost executive search and leadership consulting firm.

Founded in 1980 and based in Dublin, MERC Partners specializes in the appointment, assessment and development of senior business leaders for many of the most notable multinational corporations as well as the leading privately owned and public sector organisations in Ireland. Its offerings also include leadership advisory, interim management and the appointment of non-executive directors.

The acquisition of MERC Partners represents an important addition for Spencer Stuart’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and global business. Spencer Stuart has had a sizeable corporate operations team based in Dublin for nearly a decade, supporting areas such as technology, legal and intellectual property. The addition of MERC Partners marks its first client-facing team in Ireland.

Henrik Maartensson, who co-leads the EMEA region for Spencer Stuart, noted: “We are excited to expand our presence in Ireland by welcoming the team at MERC Partners to the Spencer Stuart family. By formally establishing a client-facing presence in Ireland, we will be better able to serve our clients around the world in this significant and dynamic European market.”

He added: “MERC Partners has an outstanding leadership team and talented colleagues, and they have collectively built a successful and vibrant business in Ireland. We are impressed by the strength of the team and their capabilities, the firm’s client base and our cultural compatibility. It is clear we share a common belief that deep insight and relationships can fuel the kind of impact that is essential to the success of clients and candidates alike.”

Ruth Curran, managing partner of MERC Partners, will continue to lead the team post-acquisition. She said: “We are delighted to unite MERC Partners with Spencer Stuart. Our firms’ cultures, values and collaborative, client-focused approach are well aligned. In addition, this combination will enable our team and our clients to access an expanded portfolio of capabilities globally across Spencer Stuart’s many offices and practices. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with our new colleagues that is sure to lead to exceptional outcomes for the clients, candidates and leadership teams that we are honoured to serve every day.”

About Spencer Stuart

At Spencer Stuart, we know how much leadership matters. We are trusted by organizations around the world to help them make the senior-level leadership decisions that have a lasting impact on their enterprises. Through our executive search, board and leadership advisory services, we help build and enhance high-performing teams for select clients ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit institutions.

Privately held since 1956, we focus on delivering knowledge, insight and results through the collaborative efforts of a team of experts — now spanning more than 60 offices, over 30 countries and more than 50 practice specialties. Boards and leaders consistently turn to Spencer Stuart to help address their evolving leadership needs in areas such as senior-level executive search, board recruitment, board effectiveness, succession planning, in-depth senior management assessment and many other facets of organizational effectiveness. For more information on Spencer Stuart, please visit

About MERC Partners

MERC Partners is Ireland’s leading executive search and leadership advisory firm. For four decades MERC Partners has specialised in the appointment, assessment and development of senior business leaders for many of the most notable multinational corporations, Irish plcs, privately owned companies, commercial semi-states, public sector bodies and not for profit organisations. In addition to its executive search line of business, MERC Partners’ suite of client services also includes the identification and appointment of non-executive directors, leadership advisory and interim executive services. For more information about MERC Partners, please visit