Chairman, worldwide Board, Spencer Stuart
Edward Speed is Chairman of the worldwide Board of Spencer Stuart and is active on CEO succession and Board searches globally. More recently, Edward led Spencer Stuart’s EMEA Boards & CEO Practice, focusing on CEO search and succession. He has recruited chairmen, non-executive directors, CEOs and top management for leading public and privately owned companies.
Edward joined Spencer Stuart in 1990, and has close to 30 years of executive recruiting experience across a range of board and senior management positions. He was previously responsible for the broader Consumer Goods & Services Practice in EMEA which, in addition to consumer packaged goods, included retail, luxury and apparel, hospitality and leisure, and marketing services.
Edward also provides Executive Assessment Services, specialising in senior management assessment and post-merger integration consulting.
He has also written a number of Spencer Stuart publications on subjects ranging from leadership roles in consumer packaged goods multinationals to CEO transition in Europe.
In his early career, he served in senior management roles with a British manufacturing group and an international food company before spending three years with a leading recruitment firm. He has lived and worked in France, Germany and the Middle East.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Edward speaks Arabic, French and German.