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Bob Benson

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Bob has over 25 years of domestic and international leadership experience in the executive search industry. He is the Chairman of RLBenson & Associates and Founder of Canaan Ridge, a firm offering the first professional development model of its kind tailored specifically to the executive search industry.


During his nearly 20-year tenure at Spencer Stuart, Bob progressed through a series of increasingly responsible management roles, including Managing Director of the New York office, the Northeast Region and the Eastern Region. He moved to Europe in 1994 as Executive Vice President International to oversee a number of multinational marketing initiatives, while also functioning as Co-Leader of the Global Industrial Practice. While in Europe, Bob established Spencer Stuart’s Transatlantic Practice and led offices in Belgium, Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe. During this time, he served on the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors and as Chairperson of the Partner Finance Committee.


Most recently, Bob served as Chairman of Boardroom Consultants and Slayton Search Partners, where he led the firm’s successful transformation from a highly manufacturing-focused, Midwestern U.S. search firm into a multi-disciplinary firm with national scope.

Bob has been recognized by Business Week as one of ''The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters” (2008) and was featured in Nancy Garrison-Jenn’s book, The Global 200 Executive Recruiters (1999).



Professional Activities


  • Sonus Research & Design, Inc., Board of Directors




  • Bachelor of Science, Business Management, Quinnipiac University




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