The presence of a strong, independent and effective board is increasingly critical to the success of every organization.  So appointing a non-executive director is a vitally important decision for any board.

But what's the process behind appointing a director?  How does someone actually land a board seat?  

To ensure they get it right, organizations are increasingly turning to executive search firms.  Spencer Stuart is one of the most respected names in the industry.  

For more than 30 years, they have helped clients build diverse boards with a blend of skills and experience that match the strategic direction of the organizations.  For example, they've placed 1,600 directors globally over the past three years.  They recruit chairmen and directors for public, private equity-backed, major private and family-owned companies, as well as startups and nonprofit organizations.

Today we invite one of their partners in the board practice onto the show: Bob DeVries.  

Bob brings more than 20 years of management and strategy experience to today’s episode. And he's experienced both sides of working with Spencer Stuart -- first from being recruited from one executive role to another and then, ultimately, joining the firm as a partner in the board search practice. 

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