Stein Joins SPMB’s Fastest-Growing Practice to Address Client Demands and Position the Company for Aggressive Growth in Consumer/Digital Markets
SAN FRANCISCO – August 26, 2015 – SPMB, one of the largest independent executive search firms in the country, today announced that former Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Becky Stein has joined the company as Partner, focusing on the consumer and digital markets. Stein brings significant experience to the fast-growing consumer practice, which includes clients such as Airbnb, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Capital One, Comcast, Fitbit, Lending Club, Lynda.com, and Rent the Runway.
SPMB holds a dominant position in the technology and sustainability sectors and, with the addition of Stein, is now well positioned to respond to the explosive demand from clients in consumer markets. Together with SPMB Partner Nicole North, Stein will focus on deepening SPMB’s existing relationships with consumer technology and retail companies, as well as growing the practice into digital markets.
“There are so many transformational things happening in the consumer market, it is really an exciting time. Our firm has been loving working in the segment, and demand was far exceeding our internal capacity,” says SPMB Managing Partner Dave Mullarkey. “Becky’s joining us is huge. She is incredibly additive to our platform in that she’s a great cultural fit, and brings deep consumer knowledge with decades of longstanding connections/relationships in the market.”
Stein has played a prominent role since the late 1990s in guiding companies to hire the talent needed for success in the digital era. She joins SPMB from Korn Ferry, a leading global talent management firm, where she co-founded the firm’s digital practice and led its digital commerce sector. Previously, Stein was Managing Director of global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, where she served as head of the firm’s consumer sector for the Americas.
SPMB Managing Partner Andy Price calls Stein “a major addition” to the firm’s fast-growing senior leadership team. “We hunted down Becky with a singular purpose. Our consumer practice is on fire and she, culturally and professionally, was a perfect match to help us realize our goal of being number one in this space, and in our industry in general. Becky is a major strategic catalyst for our firm and is joining us at a pivotal moment.”
Stein says she was attracted to SPMB for the chance to work with its elite team and by the firm’s reputation of bringing high-quality talent into category-defining companies. “SPMB is the number one, go-to firm for growth-oriented technology and sustainability companies,” she notes.
Outside of her business career, Stein is an ultra runner and endurance athlete. She has completed multiple Ironmans, and is a veteran participant of the 4 Deserts Race Series, which is widely recognized as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the world. She has competed in their 250k races through the Gobi Desert in China and the Atacama Desert in Chile, and is currently training for the upcoming race in Sri Lanka.