Sabine Vinck Honored for Excellence in the Profession  

London, November 7, 2023 – Today at their annual AESC Global Conference in London, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) honored Sabine Vinck, Global Head of Leadership Advisory Capabilities at Spencer Stuart, with the AESC Award of Excellence for her remarkable impact on the profession.  

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President & CEO, commented: “As our profession builds on excellence in executive search to advise clients on a range of leadership and talent topics, Sabine exemplifies true leadership and reinforces AESC’s commitment to quality, having twice won Spencer Stuart’s Lou Rieger Award for quality. She has raised leadership publicly, internally and through her work with clients. We are proud to recognize Sabine with AESC’s Award of Excellence.” 

As the executive search and leadership consulting industry continues to evolve toward a more rounded, holistic approach to leadership advisory, Sabine is at the forefront of this change. She is setting the standard for others to follow. 

Prior to assuming her current global role, Sabine led Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Services Practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She transformed the practice, increasing its revenue, breadth of solutions and employee engagement scores through a relentless focus on excellence. 

“Sabine is passionate about professional standards and the quality of delivery to clients,” said colleague Val Harper, Head of EMEA and Asia Pacific. “Sabine is highly sought-after as a client advisor, most often to help leaders navigate the most critical issues facing their businesses.” 

As a trusted advisor and executive coach, she partners with clients on a range of leadership and talent issues, including succession planning, executive onboarding and development, and top team effectiveness. She works with companies and their boards to make the most of their talent pools by actively planning for succession and by equipping leaders to drive organizational performance in the most effective way. 

A long-term client describes how Sabine has been a strong partner for the organization. “Her contributions have been many, and I have found in Sabine someone who can be highly trusted not just for the task at hand but more so for her maturity, common sense and high levels of confidentiality. She always goes beyond the ask, providing useful perspectives, adding real value to the business.” 

Sabine’s passion for constantly finding new ways to support leaders, their teams and organizations is clear in other areas of her work. She:  

  • Maintains close connections to the academic world and has recently co-authored “The Leadership Odyssey”, an article that draws on her experience of working with CEOs at all stages of their leadership journey, for Harvard Business Review 

  • Has been at the forefront of redesigning Spencer Stuart’s approach to team effectiveness 

  • Is playing an active role in shaping executive coaching as a board member of Meyler Campbell, a leading UK-based senior executive coaching training company.  

  • Has been a two-time recipient of Spencer Stuart’s Lou Rieger Award, which was created nearly 25 years ago to recognize those at the firm who embody the best of Spencer Stuart and consistently deliver the highest levels of quality work and superior client service. 

Prior to joining the executive search profession, Sabine worked as the Associate Dean at London Business School, overseeing the school’s executive education arm. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions in a financial services firm. Sabine earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in applied physics from Cornell University.  


About the AESC Award of Excellence   

The AESC Award of Excellence honors individuals at the height of their careers who have made significant, outstanding contributions to the executive search and leadership consulting profession. Since 2000, this award has been given to recipients who promote AESC’s commitment to the highest professional standards through its Code of Professional Practice at their firm and within the profession.    

About the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants      

Since 1959, AESC has set the quality standard for the executive search and leadership consulting profession. AESC Members represent 16,000+ trusted professionals in 1,200+ offices, spanning 70+ countries. AESC Members are recognized experts providing consulting services in the areas of leaders, teams and culture to the world’s leading organizations. They leverage their access and expertise to place more than 100,000 executives each year in board of directors and C-level positions across industry sectors. Dedicated to strengthening leadership together, AESC and its members share a deep commitment to the highest quality standards in executive search and leadership consulting—for the benefit of clients and the profession. We Shape. Connect. Educate. Innovate. Learn more about us at aesc.org. For AESC’s career service connecting executive-level candidates to the world’s leading executive search firms, visit bluesteps.com.