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Bob Benson Bio

Featured 2022 Speakers




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Robert L. Benson

Chairman of RLBenson & Associates and Founder, Canaan Ridge

Bob has over 30 years of leadership experience in the executive search industry with numerous domestic and international PnL roles with Spencer Stuart, Chaired of one of the fastest growing domestic mid-tier search firms and has been a consultant to numerous executive search firms seeking fast-paced change. During his time in consulting Bob has worked with the leadership teams of numerous small- to mid-sized executive search firm assisting them in clarifying their strategies, brand and identities, professional practices ultimately leading to more rapid growth and greater profitability.  He was recognized by Business Week as one of ''The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters.”


This is the eighth Executive Search Leadership Forum that Bob has planned and lead.

Dayton Ogden Bio


Dayton Ogden

Succession Advisory Services; former CEO and Chair of Spencer Stuart


Dayton was the first CEO in Spencer Stuart’s history to be re-elected to a third term. He served as Co-Chair and Chairman of the Board space for an additional nine years and up until his very recent retirement he was a member of the Firm’s Board Services and Industrial Practices committees.

Dave Allen Bio

Dave Allen


Founder of BrandPie; former head of Branding at WPP

Dave has helped countless business, government, and non-profit organizations use purpose to navigate the challenges of transformation. Through his work and research he has become a passionate advocate for the belief that purpose-driven companies gain a competitive edge, elevate their brand perception, and become more attractive to customers and employees.

Mark Nevins Bio
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Mark Nevins


President, Nevins Consulting; former Head of HR at Korn/Ferry

Mark Nevins built his consulting firm on the belief that effective leadership is both an art and a science, and that while leadership cannot necessarily be taught it absolutely can be learned. He advises and coaches leaders of organizations of all sizes across all industries, with special expertise in private equity and professional services.


Virginia Clarke


CEO of Ginny Clark LLC

Before founding her own consulting firm, Ginny was Director of Executive Recruiting at Google and a Partner at Spencer Stuart. She currently provides insights to some of the world’s leading executive search firms and technology companies, and is an in-demand speaker, writer and podcaster.

Ginny Clark Bio

Melissa Swift

US Transformation Leader at Mercer

Melissa became Mercer’s US Workforce Transformation leader this year after having lead Korn Ferry’s global workforce transformation practice. Melissa has helped organizations imagine, architect and transform their workforces to deal with continuous change.

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Dayton Ogden, Jr.

Head of Talent and Recruiting, Summit Partners


Ogden has nearly two decades of experience leading executive, board, partner, and principal investor searches for venture capital and growth equity firms and their portfolio companies. He served as Managing Partner and Venture Capital Practice Leader with CTPartners, was Cofounder and Partner with Fortis Partners, and was a Senior Associate with one of the top five firms.

Dayton Odgen, Jr. Bio

Dale E. Jones

CEO, Diversified Search


Dale is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Search Group, where his responsibilities include oversight and management of the firm and its global CEO Advisory Services. A large part of his current practice is Board search. Formerly Dale was Vice Chairman and Partner of the CEO and Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles where he consulted CEOs and corporate boards on human capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance. 

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