Featured Speakers

Dayton Ogden

Succession Advisory Services

Dayton Ogden is the global leader of Spencer Stuart’s CEO Succession advisory services and a member of the Board and Industrial practices. His search consulting work focuses on senior executive and board recruiting for a broad range of international clients.
History of search and leadership excellence.

Three years after Dayton joined Spencer Stuart, he became manager of the firm’s New York and Stamford offices. In 1987, he was elected chief executive of the firm and in 1993, became the first CEO in the firm’s history to be re-elected to a third term. He served as chairman of the firm from 2003 to 2006, having served as joint chairman for the previous four years.
He is a frequent commentator on key trends and issues affecting CEOs and boards, both in the United States and internationally. In 2000, Oxford University Press published a book, titled CEO Succession, which Dayton co-authored.

Dayton draws from direct board experience for client work, currently serving on the board of the American Business Conference, an organization that includes the CEOs of emerging growth companies. He also serves on the international board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and chairs the Talent & Compensation Committee. After 20 years, he recently stepped down as a director of Project HOPE and received a lifetime achievement award. Project HOPE is a leading healthcare foundation based in Washington, D.C. He previously served seven years on the board of Advanced Tissue Sciences, a NASDAQ biotech company.

Before joining Spencer Stuart, Dayton was a principal of an executive search firm located in Washington, D.C. Additionally, his military career included two years as gunnery officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer followed by a tour in Vietnam, where he served with distinction as officer in charge of a swift boat in the Mekong Delta.

Dayton is a graduate of Yale University.

Ashton Moran

General Manager, Executive Search

Ashton is General Manager, Executive Search at Bullhorn. He brings 15 years of retained search industry & technology experience - and joined Invenias by Bullhorn in 2013 to pioneer its North American growth strategy as the first US hire. Through deep market and technical expertise, Ashton has helped global firms and boutiques transform their businesses through the use of technology and is now responsible for leading global sales & strategic account management functions at Invenias by Bullhorn as well as guiding other key executive search technology initiatives within the larger Bullhorn organization. On a personal note, Ashton enjoys singing and playing the piano for family & friends and lives in NJ with his high school sweetheart Karina and their four children.

Jonathan Novich

SVP of Product

Jonathan Novich is SVP of Product and Salesforce for Bullhorn, the global leader in CRM and operations software for the recruitment industry. A staffing technology innovator, he has developed broad and deep product and technical experience consulting to staffing firms over the past 15 years. Jonathan has acted as an independent consultant for some of the largest staffing companies in the world and advised companies on acquisition targets. At Bullhorn, he oversees product initiatives as more than 10,000 staffing companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform to drive sales, build relationships, and power their recruitment processes from end to end. He graduated with honors from Princeton University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Science and a certificate in Operations Research.

Eric Herrenkohl

AchieveNEXT Managing Director Executive Coaching and Career Services

Eric Herrenkohl is an executive coach and Managing Director of Executive Coaching and Executive Career Services for AchieveNEXT. He is the creator of the A-Player Executive and Leadership Leverage tools, designed to help leaders pinpoint, assess, and overcome obstacles to human performance at every level in a business.

Eric led a boutique executive search and executive coaching firm for 20 years prior to joining AchieveNEXT. In that role, he was an executive advisor as well as a “headhunter” who worked with senior executives to recruit, onboard, develop, and lead A-player teams. His firm focused on executive leaders in supply chain, manufacturing and financial leadership roles.
Prior to founding his firm, Eric worked for mid-market companies in employee motivation/sales incentives and executive search. He also worked for an investor-backed, early-stage technology company and the not-for-profit organization Young Life.

Eric’s book How to Hire A-Players, published by Wiley, is an Amazon bestseller named one of the top 10 recruiting books of all time by His thought leadership has been featured by Business Week, Fox News,, the LinkedIn Talent Blog,, NBC News, the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Toronto Globe and Mail.


Eric holds a master’s degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and an undergraduate degree in economics and history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He and his wife Kelly have four children in the young adult to teenage years and live in the Philadelphia area. He is a devoted fan of his family, friends, great food, Bordeaux wine, great books, the Philadelphia 76ers, and jiu-jitsu.

Dave Allen

Founder – BrandPie

Dave founded Brandpie in 2008.

Brandpie’s purpose is to help clients create the idea that can transform their business through the lens of brand and culture. Brandpie works with leaders to define the purpose, ambition and strategy of their organization.

Brandpie clients include Astorg Private Equity, Astra Zeneca, Baker Tilly, BNY Mellon, Bowmark Capital, Capgemini, EY, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, The Economist and The Royal Bank of Canada.

Before BrandPie Dave built and ran WPP’s global brand consulting group. At WPP he led many large brand identity projects. He worked closely with Lord Browne on the development and strategy for the new BP brand and Sir Christopher Gent on building the Vodafone brand through acquisition, amongst others.


He has a strong passion for CSR and established the BrandPie Foundation in 2010 to help charities build their brands and improve their fund-raising capabilities.

He is married and has four children.  He is a keen gardener and grows all his own vegetables. He enjoys skiing (most of the time), wind surfing and is a passionate photographer.

Mark Nevins, Ph.D.


President, Nevins Consulting

I work with CEOs and other senior leaders to help them navigate critical inflection points in their businesses and professional careers. My clients range from rapid-growth privately held organizations and top-tier professional services firms through Fortune companies such as American Express, Moodys, Schlumberger, and Comcast/NBCUniversal.

My advisory and coaching work includes: enhancing executive effectiveness; building and aligning strong senior teams; effectively managing boards and external stakeholders; leading change initiatives (including M&A); assessing and developing senior-level executive talent; rethinking organizational strategy to deliver optimal results; and creating longer-term paths for business and professional success. 

I am President of Nevins Consulting, a boutique leadership and organization development firm, and I frequently write and speak on topics of leadership. My latest book, WHAT HAPPENS NOW?, explains why many successful executives struggle and stall out. You can also follow my regular columns on

In addition to my two-plus decades as a consultant, I draw on a diverse set of experiences: serving as a moderator for the Aspen Institute; having taught literature at Harvard University (where I also took my PhD); and having held the top global leadership/people development roles for Booz Allen Hamilton and Korn/Ferry. A lifelong student of leadership, from the boardroom to the front lines, I have worked, taught, and travelled in more than sixty countries. 

StrengthsFinder: Learner, Achiever, Strategic, Focus, Intellection

Virginia Clarke​

Ginny Clarke was most recently Director, Executive Recruiting at Google from August 2016 until November 2020. In this role, she led the Diversity, Non-tech Recruiting, and the  Leadership Internal Mobility teams. Her team of North American recruiters found and hired senior leaders (Directors +) for finance, sales, marketing and other G&A functions across Google.

She recently left to form ​Ginny Clarke, LLC, her own talent and leadership consulting business, which includes keynote speaking, podcasting and writing. Her podcast, ​Fifth  Dimensional Leadership is for leaders, thinkers and future-makers dedicated to creating the  conscious workplace of tomorrow.

Before Google, Ginny was a Partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm, based in Chicago. For 12 years, she worked in the firm’s Financial Services and Financial Officer  Practices, and co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Global Diversity Practice. She left Spencer Stuart to write a book titled Career Mapping: Charting YourCourse in the New World of Work​, which was published in 2011. The book provides a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies, and strategically navigate their careers.


After the book was published, Ginny ran her own executive search and talent management firm for 3 years before becoming a Senior Partner for Executive Search in the U.S. at Knightsbridge, a Canadian human capital solutions firm. 


Ginny started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent a number of years in the real estate investment management business  with Jones Lang LaSalle (“JLL”) and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Her responsibilities included asset management, portfolio management, capital raising and client servicing.   


She earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. Ginny is the single mother of an adult son, Julian, who works in the entertainment industry.

Robert L. Benson

R.L. Benson & Associates

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).