Spencer Stuart Appoints CFO

Spencer Stuart has recruited Christine Laurens, former chief financial officer for global management consulting firm Kearney, as its new CFO. She succeeds Valerie Harper, who becomes the firm’s head of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific. “We are delighted to welcome Christine Laurens to Spencer Stuart as our chief financial officer and member of our global leadership team,” said Ben Williams, chief executive officer of Spencer Stuart. “Christine is a deeply experienced finance leader in professional services and brings a global perspective and growth mindset to our firm.”

“I am passionate about leadership and the firm’s focus on discovering and developing leadership for a better future strongly resonates with me,” said Ms. Laurens. “I am looking forward to partnering with the Spencer Stuart team to positively impact our stakeholders and deliver meaningful outcomes.” Ms. Laurens, who is based in Chicago, was with Kearney for more than two decades. In addition to her work as CFO, she was a member of the firm’s operating committee. As CFO, she led the global finance, IT, real estate, and procurement groups serving 44 countries. Ms. Laurens joined Kearney in 2002 as Southwest European finance director in Paris, subsequently assuming increasing levels of EMEA finance leadership at the firm before being named CFO. Previously, she was CFO of Keyrus, a technology consultancy listed on the Euronext High Growth Exchange. Ms. Laurens also served as managing director of the French subsidiary of, a NASDAQ-listed internet services agency. She started her career with EY in Paris in its technology and media practice. 

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