Spencer Stuart Appoints Advisory Services Co-Leader
Spencer Stuart has named Miranda Pode as co-leader of its global advisory services platform. “We are delighted that Miranda has joined Spencer Stuart to co-lead our advisory services globally,” said Ben Williams, CEO of Spencer Stuart. “Her global perspective and considerable advisory and leadership talents make her an ideal fit for this role. Aligning our Spencer Stuart, Kincentric, and Cambria advisory services under Miranda and Bob’s leadership will help bring together our teams and capabilities across executive search and leadership advisory in a more integrated way for our clients.” Ms. Pode is a skilled executive coach and an adviser to boards, CEOs, and other C-suite leaders, especially in the area of CEO and senior leader transitions, transformational leadership, and diversity and inclusion, applying both her consulting expertise and her leadership experience in senior strategy, commercial management, and marketing roles for Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 organizations.
Based in London, Ms. Pode joins Spencer Stuart from Egon Zehnder, where she co-led the global financial services practice, focusing on banking, insurance, and consumer finance. She was also part of the firm’s board consulting, CEO, and human resources practices, and led the London office. Previously, Ms. Pode was a member of the executive committee of Marks & Spencer’s food division, running the marketing and strategy function as well as the direct food businesses. She also held various roles at Sainsbury’s, including leading investor relations, strategy, and the petrol-retailing operations. Ms. Pode began her career as an investor relations consultant in Boston and London, advising U.S. companies seeking access to European equity markets.
In her position with Spencer Stuart, Ms. Pode joins Robert DeVries, who assumed his co-leadership responsibilities in January and has been with the firm 16 years. He also co-leads Spencer Stuart’s global hospitality and leisure practice and is a core member of the firm’s board, CEO and private equity practices. Mr. DeVries has also previously served as global head of the firm’s industry and functional practices and as co-head of Spencer Stuart’s North America business.
“I am excited to join Spencer Stuart, a firm that is deeply passionate about discovering and developing leaders, at a time when leadership has never mattered more,” said Ms. Pode. “I am thrilled to work with Bob and the firm’s incredibly talented team to deliver our capabilities in a cohesive way that enables meaningful impact for our clients, who are facing an increasingly changing and challenging world.”